Moab is one of our favorite places for a weekend getaway. It’s about 3.5 hours outside of SLC and has something for everything. There is so much to do in Moab, it would be hard to provide a detailed guide, but we hope this provides you with some fun things to do on your next visit.
Places to Stay:
There are plenty of great places, and types of places, to stay at in Moab.
Khemia’s favorite hotel to stay at in Moab is the Springhill Suites by Marriott. They have a fun outdoor pool that makes you feel like you’re right out in the red rock.
We have stayed in a couple of different AIRBNBs in Moab, here is one we’ve had a good experience with. It is just outside of Moab, but it’s quieter and you will still have access to a pool.
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I (Beth) personally love camping in Moab. My husband and I try to camp in Moab every year. We love to go up highway 128 in Grandstaff Canyon right along the Colorado River. Waking up to the sunrise right on the river is one of my all time favorite views. We typically go in the summer and have never had a problem finding a place to camp. Sites are $20/night.
Places to Eat:
Some of our favorite Moab eateries include:
Things to Do:
There is so much to do in Moab. Hiking, river rafting, jeeping, mountain biking, swimming, etc.
Let’s start with hiking. Moab is close to two National Parks: Arches and Canyonlands.
Getting into Arches and Canyonlands will cost you $30 for one park, $55 for both parks (for the year) or you can buy an annual pass (includes all National Parks) for $80.
Please keep in mind, hiking in Moab during the summer months is HOT! You will need to bring plenty of water with you.
Hiking in Arches:
Delicate Arch is a must! It’s 3 miles round trip and rated as moderate. For a fun experience, get up and hike the trail to get to the arch for sunrise.
Landscape Arch: 2 miles and rated as easy
Visit: Double Arch trail (.6 round trip/easy), balance rock, the windows (1 mile roun trip/easy)
Hiking in Canyonlands:
Mesa Arch is one of the most popular hikes in this park. It is .7 miles round trip and is rated as easy.
Grand View Point Trail. This trail is just under 2 miles round trip and is rated as easy. The view is beautiful and it reminds me of a large dinosaur footprint.
Upheaval Dome (1.5 miles) and the whale’s back were also easy trails to do.
Hiking outside of the National Parks:
Grandstaff Canyon to Morning Glory Bridge. This is a 4.3 mile round trip trail located up the canon. It is rated as moderate and is dog friendly. It ends at Morning Glory Bridge. You cross the river several times and there is some shade.
Mill Creek Trail. The is a 7.5 mile round trip tail rated as moderate. Lisa took her girls on this hike, but they stopped at the waterfall and swimming hole (about 2 miles round trip). She recommends wearing water shoes and keeping an eye out for poison ivy.
Corona and Bow tie Arch Trail is a 2.3 mile round trip hike rated as easy. This is another dog friendly hike.
If you’ve never been jeeping, it’s a fun experience. You can rent a Jeep on your own or you can go as part of a tour.
Khemia’s husband likes renting through: Canyonlands Jeep Rentals
When renting, the company will let you know which trails are allowed/not allowed.
Some fun jeeping trails in the area: Hells Revenge and Fins and Things
Rafting the river is a fun summer activity! I went as part of a tour years ago, but you could organize something on your own. Here are some companies with good reviews.
I haven’t been mountain biking in Moab, but it’s something I would like to do on our next trip there. There are plenty of biking trails in the area. The one I would like to try is the rim trail. It looks like it a good beginner trail.
Here are some places you can rent bikes in Moab.
Another place we always visit is Lin Ottinger’s Rock Shop. We love to pick up some rocks and see the various fossils and all of the rocks the shop has to offer.
We hope this guide helps you on your next visit to Moab.
If you have any tips for visiting Moab, please share them in the comments.