Located in the heart of southeastern Utah, Moab is surrounded by some of the most surreal landscapes in the world, making it the perfect place to explore and experience all that nature has to offer. There’s something for everyone, whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, an adventurer, or simply someone who loves great food and drink. Explore Moab like a local with this guide.
When to Visit Moab
The ideal time to visit Moab is during the spring and fall seasons when the weather is mild and the crowds are fewer. The spring is a great time to visit if you want to see desert blooms, and the fall offers the best chance to experience the vibrant colors of the oak and cottonwood tree leaves. Peak season is during the summer months, from June to August, and temperatures often exceed 100 degrees. If you find yourself in Moab during the summer, we recommend hiking, biking, and other activities in the early morning.
Best Things to do in Moab
Arches National Park
Located just minutes from Moab, Arches is home to more than 20,000 iconic stone arches, creating a spectacular landscape. Visitors can explore the famous ones such as Delicate Arch and Landscape Arch, as well as less well-known but equally stunning areas like Devil’s Garden and Fiery Furnace. Visitors can experience the best of Arches in just 1-2 days since the park isn’t too spread out and is easy to navigate.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands is a lesser-known gem compared to Arches. But it is truly a must-see destination when you’re in Moab. One of the highlights of Canyonlands is Druid Arch, in The Needles District, a favorite hike for locals and visitors alike. It’s a moderate 4.1-mile trek, with incredible views of the red rock features and a picnic area at the trailhead. It’s also very close to our new resort, ULUM Moab. Mesa Arch, in the Island in the Sky District, is another favorite place to visit for one of the most iconic vistas in Canyonlands National Park.
Experience the local culture and bring a memento home from Moab. There are plenty of unique shops, galleries, and outfitters to shop around downtown. Moab Made is a perfect place to find items made by locals, from jewelry and art to clothing and home decor. Back of Beyond bookstore is another great spot for those who love old and new books and maps. Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery boasts an impressive collection of artisanal Native American art and tradecraft.
Adventures in Moab
For those looking for a more adrenaline-fueled adventure, Moab is a perfect place to kick the dust up off-roading or on a hummer safari tour. With hundreds of miles of trails and routes, there’s a wide range of options for experienced riders and beginners alike. Of the five off-road driving trails in Arches, Hell’s Revenge Trail is a popular choice for an epic adventure. Book a thrilling tour where you can get behind the wheel or sit back and enjoy the ride.
Soak up the serenity of nature and the excitement of riding through rugged desert terrain. Guided horseback tours venture through red rock canyons and mesas for stunning views of the surrounding landscape. It’s possible to spot wildlife such as bighorn sheep, deer, and many species of birds.
Hiking in Moab
Discover hidden gems on hiking trails beloved by the locals.
Fisher Towers Trail
Twist through towers, dip into red rock canyons, and traverse beneath towering cliffs on this moderate 4.1-mile round-trip hike. Hike as far as you want on this out-and-back route before retracing your steps to the trailhead, where you’ll find a picturesque picnic area.
Tower Arch Trail
This moderate 4.4-mile out-and-back hike takes you through a spectacular red rock landscape and ends at the base of a towering arch away from the crowds, making it a perfect place to take scenic photos.
Venture into a hidden valley on a moderate 1-mile loop hiking trail framed by towering red rock walls where you can see rock climbers scaling the cliffs.
Mill Creek Waterfall
This short but sweet 1.5-mile out-and-back trail is an easy hike through a secluded and lush canyon before arriving at a picturesque waterfall. The pool at the base of the falls is an incredible place to swim or read a book by the water’s edge.
Where to Eat and Drink in Moab
Quench your thirst with a vast selection of local brews in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Canyon Pizza Co.
Enjoy delicious wood-fired pizza in a cozy and casual setting embraced by locals and visitors alike.
Imbibe in a crafted cocktail or brew in a relaxing local hangout after a full day of adventure.
Grab a quick breakfast at this local bakery known for its bagel sandwiches, baked goods, and coffee that will fuel your day.
Elevate lunch or dinner with locally-sourced Asian fusion delights like Pho and Bánh Mì.
Sip on artsy cocktails and chow on tasty charcuterie in a hip speakeasy inside an industrial garage built in the early 1900s.
World Famous Woody’s Tavern
Unwind in a great atmosphere, with good drinks, and live music in casual local digs.
Where to Stay Near Moab
Under Canvas Moab lies just 7-miles north of Moab near Utah’s stunning Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. It’s the perfect hub for exploring two world-class national parks and the surrounding desert landscape. Under Canvas is the perfect place to stay in comfort and connect with nature, whether you want to unwind or seek adventure.