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Arches National Park

Just eight kilometers north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world's largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although more than 2,000 arches are within the park's 31,000 hectares, the park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations. Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park's viewpoints and hiking trails. A paved scenic drive takes visitors to most of the major viewpoints and trailheads in the park.

 

Canyonlands National Park

Driving less than an hour from Moab will put visitors atop the mythical-sounding Island in the Sky, a remarkable district of Canyonlands National Park that makes one feel on top of the world. Canyonlands is the largest national park in Utah, and its diversity staggers the imagination. The Island in the Sky offers many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads provide access to backcountry areas for day or overnight trips.

 

Dead Horse Point State Park

The great scenery, however, doesn’t end with Moab’s national parks. Dead Horse Point State Park is a short drive from town and it offers visitors amazing views of the snaking meanders of the Colorado River 600 meters below.

Moab is also home to some of the greatest mountain biking in the world. A large variety of trails await mountain bikers of any experience level, from beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops, to seasoned bikers seeking the ultimate technical challenge.

 

Fun on the Colorado River

Moab is the only major town in Utah that is on the banks of the Colorado River. The area is known for its family-oriented whitewater trips on the Fisher Towers section of the river along with wilder single- and multi-day trips available in Westwater and Cataract Canyons. Additionally, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are the perfect way to explore calm segments of the Colorado.

 

Festivals and More

Moab’s perfect climate made it a magnet for year-round outdoor events and festivals, and the downtown business district has risen to the occasion with a great collection of restaurants, microbreweries, shops and galleries. Moab’s diverse cuisine will please any palate, from regional Southwestern fare to world-class gourmet. Stroll through the downtown shops for a great selection of art, jewelry, T-shirts and other souvenirs.

Fun Fact

Airplanes aren't allowed to fly over Arches National Park because vibrations from the jets could break the fragile formations.
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Airplanes aren't allowed to fly over Arches National Park because vibrations from the jets could break the fragile formations.

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