Discover Great Adventures in Moab Utah
After our visit to Salt Lake City, we headed to discover some great adventures in Moab. We knew it would be a great base to explore several of the Utah National Parks – Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef. But we were delighted when we found more great state parks too.
One night we headed out for an off-road jeep adventure. We drove along the Colorado River. And spent some time in town. But there was many other things we missed on this visit to Moab.
Heading To Moab In Utah
We enjoyed a couple of great days in Salt Lake City as we drove along the Mt Nebo Scenic Loop and then visited Park City for the fall colours. But when we headed out early in the morning, we left behind a dark sky. The wonderful warm temperatures we had experienced plummeted. And there was even a threat of snow.
We were happy to be headed south in Utah. As we drove out of the clouds, we even caught sight of our last view of fall colours.
We turned off Interstate 15 and headed east on Hwy 6. It was not long before we saw fascinating rock structures. Steep rocks reminded us of flat iron buildings. Rocks towered over houses and fields.
As we passed Helper and approached the Price Canyon, we were fascinated with the rough rock tops with cascading bottoms that looked like slumped sand. We saw these interesting rock structures again when we drove along the Scenic Byway 24 and visited Capitol Reef National Park. We wanted to see these rocks up close, so we left the highway at Price and drove through a neighbourhood built right under the rocks.
The drive south from Salt Lake City provided so many stunning rock sights.
Stopping At Crescent Junction
Just before we made our turn south on Hwy 191, we saw a rest stop high on a plateau. The Crescent Junction Rest Stop was a great spot to take a rest. And get the most amazing view out over the landscape we travelled.
The map in the visitor centre provided an overview of the area we explored during our adventures in Moab. It made us excited to finish our driving day.
As we drove down Hwy 191, we passed the exit to we used to visit Dead Horse State Park and Canyonlands National Park. The flat plains slowly rose as we got closer to Moab. At one point, we saw the most interesting rock face with a green coloured cascading bottom. Just before we arrived in Moab, we passed the gate for the Arches National Park which we visited the next day.
When we finished our visit in Moab, we backtracked up Hwy 191 to Interstate 70. The next stop on our visit to Utah was a drive along Scenic Drive 24 to visit Goblins State Park and Capitol Reef.
Settling Into Moab
On our travels around Utah to visit the National Parks, we stayed at local Marriott properties. Most days we were out for long hours so we did not need a luxury retreat. And these properties were great with a rental car since there were no parking fees.
In Moab we stayed at the Springhill Suites. The hotel was located close to the rock faces around Arches National Park. And our room had a great view.
The hotel had two pools and several outdoor hot tubs. It was great to get back to the hotel after a long day. And just relax into the hot water. A great base for our adventures in Moab.
So much to see and do from Moab ….
1) Drive Along The Colorado River
Right behind our hotel was the Columbia before it curved around towards Moab. There were walking paths along the river, with a pedestrian bridge close to where we stayed. We planned to do the walk at sunrise. But our adventures in Moab kept us too busy.
But the day we arrived in Moab, we did take a drive along the Colorado Riverway. Bike paths ran on the water side of the roadway and we saw a lot of people on the paths. There were several pullouts that provided views down along the Colorado River.
The rock faces on either side of the roadway showed an interesting variety. We even saw several climbers as they scaled the rocks.
We kept looking for a roadway that might take us up on the rocks for a panoramic view down over the Colorado River. But we turned back before we found one. We later saw a gondola ride off of Hwy 161 that could take us to the top. Just another of the adventures in Moab to plan.
2) Have Fun On An Off Road Adventure
We originally wanted to the off-road drive along the Schafer Trail in Canyonlands National Park. And we did not want to use our rental car. When we looked at jeep rentals, we were quickly convinced that an off-road jeep adventure in Moab with Twisted Jeeps would be far more exciting. Little did we know that we would be driving up and down rock faces in our jeep.
It was one of the most fun adventures in Moab. But not for the weak at heart. The jeep travelled along the tops of narrow rocks before plunging down the face. The path led us out towards several great viewpoints.
The sun set and we watched the sky turn dark. A perfect way to end our off-road jeep adventures in Moab.
3) Explore Arches National Park
On our first day in Moab, we visited Arches National Park. It was the closest park to the town. And was worth at least a day to explore.
We drove through the park and saw a wide array of interesting rock structures. Rock walls, statues and towers intrigued us. The Fiery Furnace stretched for miles.
There were so many great sites to see the arches. We hiked along the pathways to see the Windows, Skyline and Delicate Arches.
4) Take A Day Trip To Canyonlands National Park
We did another day trip and explored Canyonlands National Park. This was a very different park than Aches. The scenic drive took us along the top of the canyon. Our viewpoint stops gave us views of stunning vistas over large tears in the canyons.
On other stops we saw the twisting canyons carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers.
5) Head To The Scenic Byway 24 For Capitol Reef National Park
On our travel day from Moab, we enjoyed the drive along the Scenic Byway 24 and explored Capitol Reef National Park. There was so much to see along the way.
The scenic drive into Capitol Reef National Park provided a great view of the uplifted rocks of the Waterpocket Fold. When we took the off-road path into Capitol Gorge, the narrow dirt lane provided yet more fascinating views.
Our adventures in Moab continued when we headed off and visited the Capitol Reef National Park.
6) Visit The Utah State Parks – Dead Horse and Goblins Valley
When we planned our visit to the Utah National Parks, we did not really look into the state parks. But on our visit to Salt Lake City, we explored our first Utah state park as we drove the Mt Nebo Scenic Loop to look at the fall colours. On a second day trip, we drove through other states parks and visited Park City for the fall colours.
On our day trip to see Canyonlands National Park, we started with amazing views out over the canyons at Dead Horse State Park.
The first stop we made on our drive along Scenic Byway 24, was to see the fun and whimsical Goblins Valley National Park.
7) Other Things To Do In Moab, Utah
We wandered in town most days in search of food. Sometimes we picked up food at the grocery store for a picnic. And sometimes we enjoyed the local restaurants and brew pubs.
One day we were delighted to find some interesting street art in the main part of town.
The main street of Moab was littered with tour companies that offered a wide range of adventures in Moab. Some were tours of the parks close to Moab. Others were jeep adventures tamer or wilder than our off-road jeep adventure. We could have explored the area by hot air balloon or helicopter. But we left our helicopter adventure for our tour over the Sedona Valley. Or we could have headed to the waterways. We saw the more southerly part of these waters on a boat trip through Navajo Canyon in Page, Arizona.
We found a little something for everyone in Moab.
Moab Is A Great Spot For Fun Adventures
We found so many great adventure in Moab. There were several great Utah National Parks in this quadrant of Utah – Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef. And we were delighted to discover several awesome state parks too.
We did the short hikes from the viewpoints when we visited the parks. But there were so many different hiking options for serious hikers. One day for each park was great for an overview. But if we wanted to do days of hiking, we would need much more than 4 days in Moab.
There was much to explore around the town of Moab. And so many great tours to book. We were so glad we did the off-road jeep tour at sunset.
We visited Moab for 4 days. Every day was filled from early morning to late night. And we did not try all the adventures in Moab. There were many reasons to plan a return visit to further explore Utah and Arizona.
Did you find some great adventures in Moab? Did you find something that was not on our list?
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