7 Things You Have to See in Moab, Utah

Moab, Utah, is a popular destination for outdoor adventurers, and for good reason. This eastern Utah town is sandwiched between two national parks, it's on the banks of the Colorado River and the geology of the area will blow your mind. All this and it's easily accessible from Interstate 70. Before you plan your Moab trip, check out these 7 things you have to see in Moab.

1. Arches National Park


Arches National Park - Moab, Utah Photo Courtesy of Arches National Park


Beyond the iconic Delicate Arch, Arches National Park has many great arches accessible for people of all abilities. From short strolls to longer hikes, there are many different natural arches to experience.

2. Slick Rock Trail


Slick Rock Trail Photo Courtesy of Mark Donoher


East of the City of Moab lies one of the countries best known mountain bike trails, Slick Rock Trail. This technically challenging mountain bike trail is breathtaking both in the challenge and in the scenery. The majority of the trail is on slick rock, just follow the dotted lines.

3. White Rim Road


White Rim Road - Canyonlands Photo courtesy of Mark Dolinger


Inside Canyonlands National Park lies a unique opportunity to drive from the rim all the way deep into the canyon. Take White Rim Road down to a backcountry campsite or bike the road. Either way, it's an adventure you won't forget. (And you'll need a permit well in advance to execute on this trip, so plan accordingly.)

4. Fiery Furnace


Fiery Furnace - Moab Photo Courtesy of Arches National Park


The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of tall sandstone located inside Arches National Park. This is a super fun place to explore. You will need to get a permit to access the Fiery Furnace without a park ranger so check in at the ranger station.

5. Indian Creek


Climbing in Indian Creek Photo courtesy of Crystal


Climbers will want to visit Indian Creek an area within Canyonlands National Park known for its amazing climbing routes. Big walls and fun cracks - bring all your climbing gear.

6. Mesa Arch


Mesa Arch - Moab, Utah Photo Courtesy of John Fowler


This beautiful arch is a really easy walk from the road (read: great for families) near Island in the Sky Visitors Center in Canyonlands National Park. The arch looks down into the canyon below. It's definitely worth stopping to see it.

7. Dead Horse Point


Dead Horse Point State Park Photo courtesy of John Bule


Besides two amazing national parks, you'll also find the beautiful Dead Horse State Park located right outside of Moab. Bring your camera, this bend in the river is definitely something you are going to want to capture.
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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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