Moab is one of our very favorite places we’ve found since moving to Utah. It’s not too far from us at just a little over 3 hours drive and we visit for the abundance in iconic destinations as well as outdoor activities. It’s a great place for us to take visitors and we always find adventure in Moab.
Last week I wrote about the 5 Things We Always Do In Moab and today I’ve got more great ideas!
Two of my very favorite hikes are located in Arches National Park! Hiking to Delicate Arch is always a great option while in the park.
The hike is only 3 miles, but can be challenging in the hot weather so it is rated as difficult. You ascend 600 feet in the1.5 mile hike out and are rewarded with not only a great view of the giant arch, but you can walk right up to the base of the arch for a picture with this iconic structure.
Last year we hiked in the Fiery Furnace and it’s something I can’t wait to do again. It’s such a unique area of the park and was a different hiking experience.
You are amongst a sandstone maze, with little trail markings. The terrain varies from walking in sand to walking along narrow edges, climbing over boulders, squeezing through narrow passages and more! This hike takes some planning as you do need a permit to hike alone or you can choose a guided tour.
2. Scenic Drive or Off-Roading
Driving anywhere in Moab is scenic, but two of my favorite drives so far are the La Sal Loop and the Shafer Trail. The La Sal Mountain Loop can be done in any car and allows you to climb in elevation for an amazing look into the Moab valley.
You start your drive south of Moab and wind your way up through the La Sal mountains to Castle Valley before finally following the Colorado River back to the north end of Moab. This is a popular cycling route and offers opportunities for sightseeing, hiking, off-road trails, etc.
The Shafer Trail is another iconic drive. Referred to as a trail because it’s not meant for all standard vehicles. It’s recommended for 4-wheel drive high clearance vehicles only.
From Canyonlands National Park you descend a set of switchbacks that give you various views of the canyon. You then have a long desert drive before driving along the gooseneck of the Colorado River, past the Potash ponds and beneath Dead Horse Point. The entire trip offers amazing scenery and an impressive look of the parks from another vantage point.
Keith and I have eaten at several of the restaurants in downtown Moab. There is only one that I wouldn’t go back to, I won’t mention the name, but here are a few that we have visited several times and would go back in a heartbeat.
The Spoke on Center– This was the first restaurant we ate at in Moab and it’s always great. I think we’ve been back each time after. The Spoke is a cycling themed restaurant with great food and ice-cream.
Jailhouse Cafe– We’ve had a sit down breakfast here a few times and it’s a great place to learn more about the original town of Moab.
Love Muffin Cafe– Most of the time we stay close to this popular cafe. We enjoy the short walk there in the morning to grab a delicious coffee and a quick bite to eat. It can be quite busy so don’t be surprised if there is a line out the door. Don’t let that scare you away though, it usually doesn’t take long to get your order.
Moab Coffee Roasters– another great coffee option and has a small shop with clothing and souvenirs.
Zax– another great choice for lunch or dinner. Zax has an extensive menu that is sure to please everyone. They also offer an all you can eat pizza bar and take and bake pizza.
4. Mountain Biking
Regardless of your experience with mountain biking, this is a great option to get out and see more of the geological features in yet another way. Moab is a premier destination for the most experienced bikers, yet has plenty of beginner terrain for families and those who are wanting to give the sport a shot.
There are several trail systems in Moab and as part of a guided riding experience, we rode the Moab Brand Trails. Located just 8 miles from town and on the outskirts of Arches National Park, this was the perfect place for me as a beginner and Keith as an intermediate who wanted to challenge himself. We also had our friend, Yi, who is an avid cyclist and interested in picking up mountain biking.
We booked our guided trip through Rim Tours and it could not have been any better! The mix of terrain matched our levels perfectly and everyone had plenty of moments where they learned new skills! Our guide not only taught us about mountain biking, but about the area and geology in general.
5. Local Attraction – Hole N” the Rock
If you drive south of Moab or enter from the south, the local roadside attraction “Hole N” the Rock” is hard to miss. Hole N” the Rock is most famous for the historic 5,000 square foot home that you can take a guided tour of to learn more about its history.
The unique property offers various unusual things to see/do on your stop; exotic zoo animals, metal art sculptures, vintage tools and equipment, ice-cream, locally made pottery and jewelry, just to name a few.
What Did I Miss?
There is so much to do in and around Moab. These are some of the experiences we’ve had and our favorite places. What are some of your favorite things in Moab? What adventures have you had?