things to do in moab
With such a variety of things to do in Moab Utah, it’s no wonder this is such a popular place to visit.  Surrounded by some of the West’s best national parks, the mighty Colorado River, and out of this world rock formations, this place begs to be explored.

The vast amount of things to do here is staggering.  Jeep tours, horseback riding, mountain biking, winery tours, dinosaur trails, hiking, river rafting, swimming, glamping…..the list goes on and on.

So let’s have a look at the must-see places and must-do activities in Utah’s most adventurous town.

1. Things To Do In Moab To Stay cool

If you’re visiting Moab mid-summer it’s gonna be hot.  So finding a little water to stay cool is a must.  Here are our favorite ways to stay cool.

Colorado River

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The iconic Colorado River that starts in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and carves its way right through Moab Utah, meanders through seven United States and two Mexican states before dumping into the Gulf of California.
There’s no better way to see the surrounding country than by a raft trip on the majestic Colorado River.  Half-day, full-day, and multi-day tours are available and are an absolute must do when visiting Moab.
water bottle

Speaking of staying cool in the summer, don’t forget to keep hydrated! We love these water bottles for all of our adventures.  The great thing about these bottles specifically is you can easily caribiner them to your raft while playing on the river. 

Using a caribiner and a bit of rope assures that you won’t lose your bottle during the fun rapids.

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Mill Creek

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Mill Creek offers pristine crystal clear water that flows from the nearby La Sal Mountains.  The creek offers numerous calm wading pools as well as deeper pools and many small natural waterfalls.

Once you’re done cooling off there are some nearby petroglyphs and pictographs that are just a short hike away.

Located just outside of Moab on Powerhouse lane, see map.

quick dry travel towel

Don’t forget to bring something like this quick dry towel if you decide to play in the water.  We love these compact quick dry towels for our adventures because they don’t take up too much room.

Ken’s Lake 

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This man-made reservoir is a nice option for SUP’s or other personal watercraft.  It’s situated amongst the Red-Rock foothills just outside of Moab.  Restrooms are available in the parking lot.  

If you’re looking for a camping spot there are some moderately shaded camping sites here as well.  

2. Arches National Park

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Located just outside of town is one of America’s most beautiful National Parks.  Arches National Park is a must do while visiting Moab.  The park offers a variety of hiking options and if you haven’t seen Delicate Arch it’s time you do.

When visiting the park shoot for early mornings or evenings to catch the best light and skip the crowds.  Arches is open year-round and we highly recommend visiting in the winter.

3. Dead Horse Point State Park

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One of our favorite things to do in Moab is catch a sunset from this stunning viewpoint.  Easily the best sunset we’ve ever seen.  The massive canyon walls will remind you of the Grand Canyon minus all the people.  

There are several lookouts so come early to scope out which one you like best.

4. Corona Arch Trail

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Corona Arch located just outside of Moab is a scenic 3-mile round trip hike that takes you to an absolutely stunning arch.  If hitting Arches National Park isn’t on your plan this is a must-do.  

The hike is moderate, dog-friendly, and a great option for kids.  It’s one of our favorite arches for photography, especially at night.

5. Castle Creek Winery

things to do in moab
things to do in moab
Castle Creek Winery is a fun stop along one of my favorite highways, HWY 128.  It’s part of the larger Red Cliff’s Lodge which in itself is worth a visit for their free museum and movies featuring the local area.

There’s a ton to do here in addition to tasting delicious wine.  If you landed in Moab on a rainy day this would be a great place to wait out the drizzle.

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6. Canyonlands National Park

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This massive and less-visited National Park is one of our favorites.  The hundreds of miles of hiking trails promise to keep you entertained for a long time.  

The park is divided into three areas; the Maze to the west, Island In The Sky to the north, and Needles to the southwest.  It’s ginormous but to find some quick hikes head to the Island In The Sky.

7. Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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Walk amongst the giants in this fun and interactive park.  The park includes a 3D cinema where you can learn about the prehistoric world of dinosaurs.  After the film walk around the park where you’ll see state-of-the-art life-sized dinosaurs.  It’s filled with tons of interactive displays and is a must if you have little ones with you.

8. Moab by night Dinner & Light Show

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Finish the day off with a Cowboy-style Dutch Oven dinner and evening boat ride on the Colorado River.  The evening begins with an hour long feast overlooking the majestic Colorado River.

Next you’ll board a flat-bottom river boat and cruise the canyon with over 40,000 watts of light to illuminate the canyon walls.  

9. Adventure Park Moab

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Located right in town, Adventure Park Moab offers a fun filled day for the whole family.  There are a variety of courses for all skill levels.  It’s a but kicker and will challenge both your mental and physical strength.

 The Adventure Park can also hook you up with a variety of other activities like river trips and SUP rentals.

10. Walk Amongst Dinosaur Tracks

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For you dinosaur lovers the area is full of genuine prints and fossils from these mighty giants.  One popular spot to check out some legit dinosaur foot prints as the Dinosaur Tracks Trail.  

After a quick 20 minute hike you’ll arrive at some tracks near the Colorado River.  The site includes an opern-air museum detailing the history of the area and the dinosaurs that made these tracks.

moab map

If you decide to do a bit of exploring off the beaten path in Moab its always a good idea to have an area map.

We like these ones because they are  Waterproof • Tear-Resistant • and they include both Moab North and Moab South providing you coverage of the entire region.

Both maps include detailed trail charts describing the mountain biking and jeep trails that are the main draw of the Moab area. Inset maps are also included for the most heavily used areas to help when navigating these desert landscapes.

11. Treat Yourself To Some Glamping

things to do in moab
If you need a break from your cramped tent or the hotels just aren’t hitting the spot, Glamping has your name written all over it.  Located just outside of Moab, a luxury camping experience awaits at Under Canvas

Enjoy nature but with a big twist of luxury.  It’s a really fun way to mix things up a bit. 

Moab Utah FAQ

When is the best time to visit Moab Utah?

Fall and Spring are the best times.  The busiest season is mid-March through May and September through October.  During the summer months, Moab gets very hot averaging well over 100 degrees.  

Does it snow in Moab Utah?

Moab averages only 9 inches of snow per year.  If it does snow it tends to melt quickly making winter a nice time to visit and miss the crowds.

What’s the most popular thing to do in Moab?

Arches National Park located just outside of Moab is one of Moab’s most popular attractions.  Moab is also known for world-class mountain biking, hiking, rafting, canyoneering, ATV and motorcycle riding, as well as 4×4 jeeping.


9 Fun And Unique Things To Do In Moab