The town of Moab, Utah makes a perfect base camp for exploring Canyon Country. Arches National Park is just a short hop outside of town, and Canyonlands National Park is not much farther away. Together, these two parks offer days and days of outdoor fun. You could easily spend an entire vacation here.
Arches National Park is known for its astounding sandstone formations. You will see dozens of free-standing, wind-carved spans of rock as well as large red “fins” of stone that seem to burst out of the ground. In all, there are more than 2,000 named arches in the park, so don’t plan on photographing them all!
A trip out to Canyonlands National Park will reward you with a mix of easy or difficult wilderness trails through a number of canyons and steep gorges. The sandstone is gorgeous, so plan on taking plenty of sunset photos. The Colorado River flows through the park, offering up everything from the family-friendly “Daily Run” just outside the park to serious whitewater action through Cataract Canyon for those with extra time.
And if all that weren’t enough to do while in Moab, there is almost an endless supply of Jeep trails around the town. If you want to try your hand at some off-roading, we can make sure you get a vehicle sturdy enough to take you through some of the wild rides. For serious Jeep enthusiasts, there is an annual Jeep Safari that you might want to fit into your vacation schedule. And if motorized off-roading isn’t your thing, keep in mind that this is mountain biking capitol of the world.
Some other Moab activities that we can get set up for you include horseback riding and white-water rafting. For a little quieter down-time, check out the geology museum in Moab and learn a little about the area. Really, there is something in Moab for the whole family.
- Many movies have been filmed in the Moab area, including “City Slickers 2” and “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”.
- In the 1950s, Moab was the home of a major uranium mine, and considered the Uranium Capital of the World.