Carol is back with more travel adventures for the family. This is part two of her family adventures. If you’d like to read part one of her trip in Durano, Colorado, click here.
With so much adventure and action in its backyard, Moab, Utah makes an ideal active family vacation destination. From challenging hikes to easy ones, biking opportunities for all skill levels, zip lining and river rafting, Moab will have your active family thoroughly engaged during the day, and exhausted by bedtime! With thousands of miles of amazing red rock landscapes to experience, it’s no wonder Moab swells with adventure seekers of all ages.
Come along and see for yourself. Check out all the action this active family experienced during our five days in Moab, Utah.
1.HIKING IN ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
There is so much to see and do in Arches National Park! With over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, scenic turnouts like Park Avenue and Balanced Rock, and challenging hiking trails with dubious names like Devil’s Garden and the Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park offers everyone a fabulous view and an outdoor adventure well worth the nominal entrance fee.
Perhaps the best way to truly experience Arches is to park the car and hike it’s labyrinth of trails. What better way to explore a park filled with so many natural wonders than along its trails, meandering in, out, and beneath those incredible arches. With trails appropriate for all skill levels, there’s a trail for you! Plan more than one day to thoroughly enjoy this oh-so-scenic national park.
2. MOUNTAIN BIKING PAST RED ROCK TERRAIN
A week in Moab isn’t complete without at least one day experiencing the incredible mountain biking opportunities that are pervasive here. With backdrops of gorgeous red rock terrain and stunning scenery that seemingly go on forever, mountain biking is sure to be a grand adventure for every style of biker, from novice to advanced.
Can’t bring your bikes with you? Not sure you want to hit the trails on your own? No problem! There are several bike rental shops in downtown Moab ready and waiting for you. They’ll get you all geared up and help find just the right trails for your skill level. They will even take you on a guided bike adventure if you prefer.
3. ZIP LINING ABOVE SLICK ROCK SURFACES
There’s more than hiking and biking by which to experience those gorgeous views surrounding Moab. Take on the challenge of something less ordinary – go on an adrenaline-rush zip lining adventure! Zip lining across Moab’s red rocks provides a unique, equally dramatic visual perspective of the nearby lands. Feel yourself flying across the stunning red rock landscape high above Moab.
Zip lining isn’t just for adventure junkies! It’s also for families young and old. Even those who are mildly afraid of heights can enjoy the adrenaline rush of ziplining across this terrain of red rock fins and slip rock. It’s also a family adventure that comes highly recommended for families traveling with teens.
4. RAFTING ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER
Need a break from all that hiking, biking and zip lining? Go river rafting! Get on board for a refreshingly cool rafting adventure down the Colorado River and soak in yet another stunning visual of the surrounding landscape. On a hot summer afternoon in Moab, you will be glad you did.
Moab’s location right along the Colorado river puts an afternoon on the water only a short distance away. Whether you are looking for an easy, family friendly float along a calm stretch of water, or a more high adventure hitting rapids, you’ll find it just outside Moab.
5. EXPLORING DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK
Leave the crowded national parks behind and head on over to Dead Horse Point State Park. Sitting high above the twisting, turning Colorado River, this high desert landscape is perfect for an easy-going afternoon of family friendly biking and hiking. It’s also offers plenty of challenging adventures for those seeking more action in their day.
Bike along it’s paved roads. Hike its cliff-hugging trails. Stand at the edge of immense red rock cliffs towering above the Colorado River far below. Take in yet another perspective of these wild and wonderful lands outside Moab. And all without a crowd choking your views!
6. SITTING INSIDE DINOSAUR FOOT PRINTS
Have a dinosaur fan in your family? Even if you don’t, stepping inside prehistoric dinosaur footprints at Copper Ridge Dinosaur Trackways is still a unique experience all are sure to enjoy. Walk along the same trail brontosauruses and three-toed dinosaurs also once made their way. Check out evidence of this prehistoric life in the footprints they left behind.
Go on! You know you want to do it. Sit inside the ancient tracks of a prehistoric brontosaurus that once lumbered through here. Just be careful to not cause any damage to these footprints of prehistoric life. They date back to the Jurassic period. That’s a looong time!
7. SEEING SEGO CANYON’S ROCK ART & GHOST TOWN
Heading north of Moab for this last adventure, all the way to Sego Canyon! Once traversed by an ancient people as well as late 19th and early 20th century miners, Sego Canyon today is an interesting, fascinating mix of centuries-old petroglyphs and a more recently abandoned coal mining town.
Walk past ancient petroglyphs scratched into canyon walls. Imagine what might have inspired these almost alien-like drawings etched in stone. Continue past the ancient rock art, and into the ghostly remains of the abandoned mining town. Step into the town’s mercantile building, gazing out its massive front windows as customers once did more than 100 years ago. Oh the stories these lands could tell!
HAVE YOU BEEN TO MOAB UTAH?
Oh what a fabulous adventure this family vacation has been! From ancient explorations to challenging back country hikes, ziplining and river rafting too, there wasn’t a dull moment to be found during our time in Moab. With thousands of miles of amazing adventure-filled terrain, it’s not surprising to find Moab Utah such a popular outdoor adventure mecca.
How about you? Have you been to Moab, Utah? What adventures did you tackle? What was your favorite experience? Do share!