Layers of rocky beauty meet the sky
Canyonlands National Park’s Mesa Arch in the clouds
Capturing the stunning views at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
The moon behind majestic formations
Paddling through Muddy Creek
Delicate Arch on a starry night
Browsing a gallery on the Moab Art Walk
The crowd relaxing at the Moab Music Festival
Castle Creek Winery’s offerings
Be inspired by a landscape like no other
Picture-perfect National Parks
Just eight kilometers north of Moab is Arches National Park, containing the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches, among them Delicate Arch, one of the most famous (and photographed). Here you’ll also find The Windows, a series of four arches easily accessible by hike. While here, see colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and dwarfing spires.
Less than an hour from Moab, visitors can find themselves atop the mythical-sounding Island in the Sky, a remarkable district of Canyonlands National Park, the state’s largest national park, which includes soaring Mesa Arch. 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.
Rivers and Trails
There’s no better view of the snaking Colorado River than from the mesa at Dead Horse Point State Park, just a short drive from town and a hot spot for mountain biking, hiking and wide canyon views. As the only major town in Utah 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. Wilder single- and multi-day trips are available in Westwater and Cataract Canyons. Additionally, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are the perfect way to explore calm segments of the Colorado. For a test of skill plus a view, bike Slickrock Trail, a 20-kilometer loop through the petrified sand dunes near Moab in Sand Flats Recreation Area.
Part of the Rocky Mountains, the La Sal Range dominates the Moab skyline. See nine spectacular peaks, hike alpine trails, and view Mill Creek, Negro Bill Canyon and Professor Creek, where you’ll discover waterfalls amid the desert landscape. Two lakes will entice picnickers or those looking to cool off. Visit tiny Castle Valley, an area that’s been featured many times on the big screen for its iconic, austere beauty. From here, take the La Sal Mountain/Colorado River scenic drive to see stunning red rock formations and to pass through the area’s most popular parks and vista points.