Moab Adventure Center

One Stop for Adventure

Website: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com

Established in 2004, the Moab Adventure Center (MAC) serves active travelers with half, full, and multi-day adventure programs and packages including Moab rafting, Hummer safaris, Arches National Park Tours, canyoneering, Moab mountain biking, Colorado River jetboat tours, horseback riding, stand up paddleboard tours, scenic flightseeing and hot air balloon rides. In addition to both scheduled small group and private custom adventures, the Moab Adventure Center also offers Moab lodging and Jeep rentals.

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Why Moab?

Surrounded by an immense red rock playground, Moab, Utah, is unlike any other place in the world. Its postcard-perfect desert is adorned with giant sandstone formations, canyon mazes, rock spires, hoodoos and fins plus thousands of natural arches. The Colorado River flows past its northern border and several national and state parks are accessible from Moab.  Between the red rock wonders of Arches National Park, the incredible sandstone landscapes of Canyonlands National Park, and the cool forests of the La Sal Mountains, Moab offers endless opportunity for sight-seeing and exploration.

The town, with a resident population of just 5,000 swells to two to three times that in the popular spring to fall recreation season. Through the experts at MAC visitors can find great accommodation choices with dozens of hotels in Moab, condos, campgrounds and RV parks throughout Moab’s southwestern-style Main Street area.

Area Attractions

  • Arches National Park

Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. In some areas, faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park, including balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, are highlighted by a striking environment of contrasting colors, landforms and textures.

  • Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park preserves a colorful landscape of sedimentary sandstones eroded into countless canyons, mesas and buttes by the Colorado River and its tributaries. the park sits in a vast basin bordered by sheer cliffs of Wingate Sandstone.

  • Dead Horse Point State Park

Located about 25 miles from Moab, Dead Horse Point is a popular destination for a day-trip. The central feature of the park is the spectacular vista that opens up as you stand on the edge of a 2,000 cliff overlooking Canyonlands National Park.

  • Manti-La Sal National Forest and Mountains

Along the eastern Utah border near Moab, the La Sal Mountains rise 12,721 feet above sea level. This part of the Forest provides climatic relief to the desert of the Colorado River Plateau. Narrow forest roads lead travelers to the high mountain passes, and into narrow canyons like Dark Canyon where the crystalline rock structure of the peaks is exposed for all to see or into Mill Creek where Oowah Lake sparkles as a small jewel amid spruce trees.

What to Do in Moab

Bordering town, the mighty Colorado skirts Arches National Park and cuts through the heart of Canyonlands National Park. Nearby, the historic and beautiful Green River carves its serpentine path through canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon. Trips range from mild-to-wild one-day and half-day excursions to multi-day rafting vacations. The Moab Adventure Center has information, continuous big-screen videos and special pricing. Advance reservations are suggested. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/rafting

Moab’s celebrated “canyonlands” is a postcard-perfect desert adorned with immense sandstone formations. Here, amazing red-rock terrain has eroded into canyon mazes, arches, spires and buttes. A 4x4 vehicle is perhaps the best way for people of all ages to experience the rugged beauty of this vast back country, and the vehicle which offers the most safety, comfort and exceptional climbing ability is unquestionably the Hummer®. Two and four-hour Hummer® Safaris, as well as sunset excursions, can be reserved at the Moab Adventure Center.  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/4x4

Stand-Up Paddleboarding is fast becoming one of the most popular recreational sports in the country. Now you can experience the Colorado River like never before. Paddle, relax and enjoy the ride on one of the most scenic rivers around. Transportation, board rental, instruction, guide, snacks and water are included. Approximate time on the river is 2 to 2.5 hours (time may vary based on water levels). Morning and Sunset Departures!  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/moab-stand-up-paddle-board-tours/

Moab’s must-do hike is the maze-like Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park. The hike twists and turns among contorted orange-tan fins, towers, spires and arches. Moab Adventure Center guides/naturalists lead two-hour hikes in this trackless area, pointing out hidden attractions such as Surprise and Twin Arches. Although the walk/hike is moderately strenuous in places, it can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good physical condition. A brief tour of the Park is provided along with the hike. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/activities/hiking.php

Moab's legendary landscape inspires those of the vertical persuasion to climb and conquer, or drop a rope and descend into the hidden waterways that slice into the desert floor. You don't need any experience with climbing or canyoneering to enjoy these adventures with us. We provide all the equipment and instruction you need to enjoy a step out of the horizontal world. Find yourself literally attached to this iconic red rock landscape!  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/rock-climbing/

Many cyclists first heard about Moab when word spread about the Moab Slickrock Trail which loops through an expanse of rippled, undulating sandstone resembling a frozen, orange ocean. Although the Slickrock may be the nation’s most famous fat-tire route, there are dozens of other rock-and-mountain roads and trails. Rides range from a few hours to three or four days. Even novice riders can sign up for relatively level, easy terrain. The Moab Adventure Center has several guided trips and information. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/biking

The sheer magnificence of the several state and national parks and monuments surrounding Moab can best be appreciated from the airborne perspective of an eagle. In just an hour or two of flight-seeing, you can experience all of Canyonlands National Park, including the sculptured, red-rock canyons of the Colorado and Green rivers. Comfortable and reliable Cessna aircraft provide window seating for each passenger. A detailed flight map and stereo headsets facilitate interpretation.  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/flights

For those that have done it, they say it is like nothing else. The ride is smooth and tranquil in a balloon as you fly with the wind, rather than through it like fixed wing planes. With no fixed route or determined flight path, each balloon ride is a true adventure. Add to these sensations the thrill of an undulating desert floor rising and falling below you in dramatic sheer cliffs, spires, and gaping canyon country as far as the early morning light extends.  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/hot-air-balloon-rides-moab-utah/

Venture into the Wild West with gentle cowboy-trained quarter horses. Guided by a professional wrangler, you'll explore the trails made famous by John Wayne himself. New tack and equipment will make your ride as comfortable as can be. So saddle-up and take a trek into the horizon of Moab. One of the best horseback rides can be found through Castle Creek Canyon with views of towering cliffs and famous Castle Rock.  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/horseback

Visitors who “like to have it their way” can now call the shots on what they see and do in the area. The center’s custom tour program now puts all of this region’s ways and means of touring at the disposal of guests who prefer private travel over pre-set itineraries and group travel. Plans can be made in advance of arrival or on the spot. See: http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/private-tours/

Nothing creates bonds and deepens friendships like outdoor family vacations. Discovering nature combined with exciting adventure will provide both fun and learning for the whole family. Those of us at the Moab Adventure Center who are parents and grandparents understand the importance of creating memorable active vacations for children and adults who want to share the most unforgettable, fun-filled adventure possible. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/activities/family.php

Lined with Native American Art Galleries, unique adventure shops, outdoor clothing stores, souvenir and specialty shops, and one-of-a-kind home decorating and furniture outlets, Main Street in Moab, Utah provides some excellent shopping opportunities all within walking distance of the Moab Adventure Center. If you're getting ready for a trip to Moab, or just returning, you can get great deals on outdoor gear and Moab souvenirs online. If you're in town, make sure to drop by and see us at 225 South Main Street. See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/activities/shopping.php

With its unparalleled colors and varied terrain and landscapes, Moab Utah draws professional and amateur photographers from around the world. If you plan on taking photos in the Moab area, see our photography tips. If you would like to purchase fine art prints from professional photographers, you can do so online.  See: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/areainfo/photogallery.php

Getting to Moab

Getting to Moab is easy. Daily flights are available directly into the Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY). Car rental service is available at the Moab Airport through Enterprise Rent a Car. You can rent a jeep and have it waiting for you at the airport when you arrive. Shuttle service is also available from the airport if you do not wish to have a car. If you don't choose to fly directly to Moab, you can fly into Salt Lake City, Denver, Grand Junction or Las Vegas and drive to Moab. However you choose to get to Moab, there are plenty of services to make your trip easy and affordable.

Office Location and Reservations

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Exploring Deep Inside Moab’s National and State Parks a Challenge Due to Isolation & Access

Moab Adventure Center Provides Multiple Solutions to the Puzzle With Access via Land, Water and Air 

MOAB, UT, March 26, 2015– Isolation from civilization can be a good thing. The likes of Muir, Thoreau, and Abbey extoled the virtues of man’s relationship to nature; a few days in the wilderness is the perfect antidote to the cacophony of daily life. 

Finding and accessing that oasis of escape is the key. That’s why those in need often head to Moab, Utah, one of America’s greatest (and most remote) natural playgrounds. Here beyond the limited network of roads which generally keep to the perimeter is the true wilderness of two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, plus Utah’s Dead Horse Point State Park. 

Escapists can immerse themselves for days at a time in these backcountry regions with the proper equipment and guidance from the staff at Moab Adventure Center, the region’s go-to source for outdoor adventure. They offer a variety of ways to experience the parks that are suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. 

“Visitors should research and seek advice on how they can get the most out of the experiences the parks have to offer,” said Jamie Pearce, Manager of the Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/). “You can explore on your own and many do; but a guide can help you get into the heart and soul of these often hard-to-get-to places.” 

For active adventurers, fat tire mountain biking is a great way to fathom the mysteries of millennia ensconced in the iconic red rocks that symbolize the area’s parks. Those new to mountain biking may opt for the Courthouse Loop trail with commanding views into Arches National Park ($95 for age 5+).  The Intrepid Trail inside Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Moab's newest routes and features countless vistas of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park ($95 for age 12+). 

One way to explore Arches National Park is on a guided hike into the maze-like Fiery Furnace (Adult: $89, Youth 5-15: $67). Best accessed in the company of an experienced guide, this hike twists and turns among contorted orange-tan fins, towers, spires and arches. Moab Adventure Center guides lead two-hour hikes in this trackless area, pointing out hidden attractions such as Surprise and Twin Arches. Although the hike is moderately strenuous in places, it can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good physical condition.

“But when it comes to pockets of true isolation, Canyonlands is it,” says Pearce. “For example, to get to the park’s Maze District, most people take a long, arduous hike following a long dusty drive to the trailhead. However, by raft on a four-day Cataract Canyon trip (Adult: $1395, Youth 10-15: $1045), you can access a site in the Maze called The Doll House via a scenic hike from the river. The trail is steep, climbing over 1,000 feet from the river to the top of the canyon, but certainly beats the 7.5 hour drive from Moab to get to this location.”

When it comes to exploring Canyonlands, visitors should keep in mind that in this wilderness of stone there are no roads that link from one “district” or iconic point to another. Although these points may appear close on a map, the distances are between two to six hours by car. For this reason, most visitors find it impractical to visit more than one area in a single trip.

One solution is a scenic flyover based out of Moab (tours start at Adult: $123, Youth 3-15: $123, 2 & Under: Free).In a high-wing Cessna aircraft equipped with voice-activated headphones passengers enjoy conversations with the pilot who is also the tour guide. Everyone has a window seat to take in views of Arches, Canyonlands or Monument Valley, depending upon the tour. The pilot will describe the geology and dynamics of the Colorado River and Green River, the Island in the Sky, and the rugged Maze and Needles Districts of Canyonlands, the Windows of Arches and more.

MoabAdventure Center can also arrange for a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Moab backcountry. Flights last about an hour and are priced at $300 for participants age 6 and up.

About Moab Adventure Center

MoabAdventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Three Perfect Days in Moab, Utah - Happening Town with Sophisticated Amenities Surrounded by Raw Beauty and Adventure

MOAB, UT, Feb. 23, 2015 – Those magazine and newspaper articles about three perfect days somewhere in the world remind that planning ahead may be preferred to winging it on vacations.

One of the world’s great natural playgrounds graced with a rugged entrepreneurial spirit, Moab, UT, offers infinite permutations of three perfect days; however the local experts at Moab Adventure Center offer their own favorites for all to consider.

“Every visitor to Moab has a different reason for coming here and that’s what makes this place so appealing! There’s no limit to the many ways you can enjoy it. We have offered our suggestions for three perfect days in and around Moab but I have to believe there are a thousand more combinations one can experience. Just follow your dreams and desires and come see how Moab has become THE hippest town in Utah!” says Jamie Pearce, Manager, Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/)

Pearce challenged her staff to come up with their thoughts on three perfect days that can be interpolated by guests’ specific interests.

Pre-Trip  Arrive in Moab late in the day after connecting to Moab’s Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY) through Salt Lake City. Take a taxi into town. From there everything is pretty much walking distance. Book a room for four nights at The Gonzo Inn. This hip accommodation is designed with comfort and fun in mind. “Gonzo’s eclectic expression of Southwestern influences, retro 70's and industrial era is entertaining and tantalizing to the senses,” Pearce says.

Day 1 Enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast with an espresso at the Gonzo before an 8 a.m. meet-up for a full day raft trip down the Colorado River experiencing such rapids as Onion Creek, Cloudburst, Ida Gulch and the famous Whites Rapid. There’s plenty of time to relax and swim, followed by a cowboy BBQ lunch at Red Cliffs Ranch. Waterful options include speeding down the river on paddle rafts, inflatable kayaks or occupying a seat in an oar boat. By 4 p.m. guests return to Gonzo Inn in time to freshen up for dinner. A local favorite is The Moab Brewery (686 S Main St) Moab’s only microbrewery where Dead Horse Ale by the pint is preferred by hops aficionados.

Day 2 begins at 7 a.m. with acup of Joe at Red Rock Bakery & Café (74 S Main St) before a 7:30 a.m. meet-up with your guide at Moab Adventure Center (225 S Main St) for a hike into the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park. Accessed only when accompanied by an experienced guide, this hike twists and turns among contorted orange-tan fins, towers, spires and arches.  Hikers return to town at 12:30 p.m. in time to satisfy appetites at Sweet Cravings (397 N. Main St.). After fueling up, Moab’s shops and galleries beckon. http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/activities/shopping.php. The day comes to a dramatic conclusion with a Jetboat trip down the Colorado River to reach a Dutch oven dinner served on a pristine beach followed by a choreographed light show with music on the slow return to town.

Day 3 finds adventurers at 7 a.m. waking up at a favorite coffee shop in preparation for a 7:30 a.m. adrenalin rush at the Ravens Rim Zipline Adventure, a two-hour journey along a series of six steel cables over multicolored natural fins, canyons and washes. Lunch and smoothies follow at Peace Tree (20 S. Main St.). And then comes a one-hour spa treatment at Spa Moab (79 N. Main St.). (If guests mention ‘Moab Adventure Center’s ‘Three Perfect Days’ they receive a 10 percent discount!). Then on a Sunset Hummer safari  guests wander for three hours through the wonders of canyon country, toasting with hors d’oeuvres at a lookout under the final rays of the desert sun. Dinner tonight is a gourmet experience at Desert Bistro (36 South, 100 West) where adventurous Southwestern fare is served in a relaxed, historic environment.

The next morning is a taxi shuttle back to the airport for morning flights home, connecting through Salt Lake City.

Located on Moab’s main drag, Moab Adventure Center provides the following services year-round:

And In Season:

“Our team knows the ins and outs of the region’s mountains, canyons and national parks and we can mix and match suggestions for both independent and guided activities to match visitor abilities, budgets and interests,” adds Pearce. 

About Moab Adventure Center

MoabAdventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Moab, Utah, Year-round Natural Playground, Welcomes Winter Recreationists with Moderate Temperatures and Host of Adventures

MOAB, UT, Nov. 24, 2014 – From November to March visitors to Moab, UT, often find themselves in solitude and silence, at the same time enjoying off-season rates in one of the world’s great natural playgrounds. 

Many of the outdoor experiences offered during warm weather months continue through winter, said Jamie Pearce, manager of the Moab Adventure Center.  “Think trail running and hiking, exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks by air or trail, Hummer safaris and touring by motor coach; or snowshoe, cross-country ski and back-country ski and snowmobiling in the La Sal Mountains rising some 12,000 feet over Moab.”

Several outfitters stay open year-round. La Sal Mountain Nordic Skiing & Hut Rentals arranges back-country ski tours and rustic accommodations for up to 10.  Located on Moab’s main drag, Moab Adventure Center http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/ provides the following services year-round:

The Gonzo Inn, Sunflower Hill B&B and Fairfield Inn & Suites Moab near Arches National Park offer a choice of lodging styles at off-season rates. Moab Adventure Center carries an inventory of outdoor gear, clothing and equipment in its downtown store location.

“Our team knows the ins and outs of the region’s mountains, canyons and national parks and we can mix and match suggestions for both independent and guided activities to match visitor abilities, budgets and interests,” said Pearce. 

Moab Winter Calendar of Events (see:http://www.discovermoab.com/calendar.htm)

  • Dec 6, 2014: Winter Sun 10K - A fast course, great raffle prizes and delicious finish food make the 32nd annual Winter Sun 10K a good reason to visit Moab when the air is crisp and the skies are blue and sunny. Call 435-259-4525 or visit www.moabhalfmarathon.com
  • Feb 14, 2015: Moab Red Hot 33k/55k - A 55k & 33k trail race starting at Gemini Bridges and finishing at Poison Spider. Visit www.grassrootsevents.net or call 719-429-9501.
  • Feb 27-Mar 1, 2015: Dogs on Course of North America - Agility Competition - Dogs run courses with their handlers through obstacles like tunnels, jumps, weave poles. For more information call 970-248-9516.
  • Mar 9-10, 2015: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour in Moab - The year's best films on Mountain Adventure and Culture. Please visit www.banffcentre.ca/mountainfestival/worldtour/ or call 435-259-4859.
  • Mar 14-17, 2015: Moab Skinny Tire Festival - Celebrating Life and the Sport of Road Cycling. Four days of exhilarating road cycling in the spectacular red rock canyons, arches and mountains of Moab, Utah. This event is a fund raiser for cancer survivors and research programs and directly benefits the Moab Cancer Treatment Center and regional cancer treatment programs. Please visit www.skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889.

Winter Climate / Weather in Moab, Utah

Temperatures are moderate, with daytime highs averaging 44°F in December, 43°F in January, 52°F in February and 63°F in March. There is little to no precipitation. The parks’ scenery changes very little from season to season. Juniper trees stay green year-round. Cottonwood trees grow in the bottom of washes and lose their leaves. The main attractions - the red sandstone formations - take on a richer hue in moist conditions and transform themselves when flocked with snow. Heavy snowfall is uncommon. Winter storms occur occasionally and they typically drop rain or light snow. Snow usually melts quickly in sunny areas but may accumulate in shady spots and turn to ice. Winter hikers need to be prepared to cross snow on some trail sections and to use great care if there is ice on trails. Most of the trails in the national park go through areas where there is plenty of sunshine and it is usually very pleasant to hike during the day. Typically all that’s needed is a jacket.  Spring comes early in the Arches area. By late February, tiny wild flowers are starting to push through the soil and nighttime temperatures are moderating. February is a great month to visit the park.

About Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Moab Adventure Center Provides Advice, Gear and Guides for Taking on Moab’s New Mountain Bike Trails

Great Fall Climate Now Through October Creates Ideal Conditions for Backcountry Fat Tire Biking In and Around Moab, Utah

MOAB, UT, Sept. 25, 2014– The Moab Adventure Center has been gearing up to outfit the demand for mountain bike trail riding thanks to Moab’s new mountain bike trail building boom. Nearly 30 new trails or extensions of existing routes have been blazed over the past 18 months.

“We’ve seen a steady increase in riders this year, partly due to the news getting out that a number of new trails have been established around Moab,” explains Jamie Pearce, Manager of Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/). “We’re here to help with suggestions, logistics, gear and outfitting as needed. We can also take riders on guided small group mountain bike adventures.”

Claiming that it takes more than a week to ride all of the trails here, Trail Mix, the organization behind the commitment to increasing excitement levels for mountain bikers, says there are now trails for all levels so the whole family can enjoy a two-wheel vacation based in Moab.

Trail Mix is an advisory committee to Grand County, Utah, that builds and maintains trails, mostly on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land. The name comes from "The Mix" of non motorized trail users: hiking, biking, equestrian and skiing, explained Sandy Freethey, Grand County Trail Mix Chair.

Typically the organization builds about 25 miles of new trail annually after a three-to-12-month BLM approval process. On average, a mile of trail is built in up to two weeks. It may take longer when grip hoists to move large rocks or bench cutting are involved. Trail Mix prides itself on building trails quickly and for less money than in other areas. The work is done with two paid workers and two or more regular volunteers. 

“We get a lot of trail built utilizing volunteers who come to town in the spring and fall from various colleges, youth groups, Outward Bound and Boy Scouts.  These groups help us build for a day and are gone.  But with 10-15 hands the trail building moves forward quickly,” said Freethey. “The International Mountain Bicycling Association (locally the newly formed Moab Mt. Bike Association) was active this summer involving local bikers in work party weekends building new trails in the LaSal Mts. working with the Forest Service.  They had a great turn out of 25- 30 people for those weekend builds.”

Freethey lists some of the major the new mountain bike trails created in 2013-2014 in and around Moab:

Dead Horse Point West Side Trails: Crossroads, Whiptail, Prickly Pair, Twisted Tree. In 2013 the trail system was doubled in length. Dead Horse Point State Park now has 17 miles of singletrack. The Park is located approximately 30 miles from Moab.

Amasa Back Area: Captain Ahab and HyMasa.  The Amasa Back Trail is a jeep trail that climbs about 1,000 feet to a mesa top overlooking the Colorado River and the Kane Creek Anticline. A short bike ride from town, this trail is challenging and fun for experienced mountain bikers.

Klondike additions:  Alaska, Homer, Nome, Jurrasic, Inside Passage, Chilkoot Pass, Miner's Loop, Dino Flow N. Extension.  The Klondike Bluffs Trail represents a step up in terms of exertion and skills required, but is still enjoyable for fit novice mountain bikers. The route follows a jeep trail across Moab Member slickrock imprinted with fossilized dinosaur tracks. The jeep trail terminates at the boundary of Arches National Park, where a short hike leads to the top of the bluffs and an impressive viewpoint.

Moab Brands:  Sidewinder, Escape, couple of short spur connector trails.  Take U.S. 191 North about 8 miles to the Bar-M Chuckwagon; turn right to enter the Bar-M private parking lot. Choose from a variety of family and novice-friendly trails over varied terrain. There are some moderately difficult single track and slickrock sections as well.

Navajo Rocks: This is off Hwy 313; the first 7 miles are complete; another 9 miles are planned, all providing an intermediate ride with aerobic climbs, heart-skipping descents and moderately smooth cross-country travel. An average grade is about 6% with 5 or 6 stretches exceeding 15%.

Klonzo II: South Unit:  Roller Coaster, The Red Hot, Midway, Hot Dog, Houdini, Zoltar, Top Spin, Carousel, Wizard, Gypsy, Magician, (and coming soon the new Gravitron Trail off of Wahoo).  The trailhead for the Klonzo Trails is on the Willow Springs Road approximately 12 miles north of Moab. This trail system currently has 7 trails mostly for intermediate skill level.

Gold Bar Rim - aka Blue Dot:  The BLM has this trail to build. There will be some changes and short re-routes around an archaeology site and one re route for a better line to the old Blue Dot, hopefully done by the end of the year.  Technically it’s not legal to ride yet with a surface all slickrock along shallow drainages.

Moab, Utah has become the undisputed hub for mountain bike enthusiasts by virtue of its beautiful red rock terrain, views that go on forever and trails that range from beginner to advanced and suit all riding abilities. The Moab Adventure Center offers professionally guided Moab mountain biking tours on all of Moab's classic rides.

Recommended for those new to mountain biking or mountain biking in the Moab area is the Courthouse Loop ride or the Canyonlands Sunrise ride. For a more intermediate experience, check out the Klondike Bluffs or Deadhorse Point Intrepid Trail rides. http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/biking/

Through the Moab Adventure Center visitors may combine half, full and multiple-day activities in the Moab region. There’s a 10 percent discount when combining three or more full- or half-day activities in a package. Moab Adventure Center can also arrange a variety of basic-to-luxury lodging options and suggest dining venues.

About Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October.

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Age 5 and Rock Climbing? Moab Adventure Center Introduces Families to Life-long Adventures

MOAB, UT, June 26, 2014 – Children as young as five can be introduced to an active, adventurous lifestyle with such recreational activities as rafting and rock climbing through the guide and outfitting services of Utah’s Moab Adventure Center http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/, hub of a natural playground surrounded by snowcapped mountains, red rock canyons and two national parks.

Jamie Pearce manages the Moab Adventure Center, conveniently located at 225 South Main Street in downtown Moab. Here families may consult with regional specialists about where and how to engage their children during a visit, book a tour and get recommendations on area lodgings and restaurants. They can also pick up any last minute gear and equipment at the center’s outdoor store.

“Every year, Moab seems to be getting more and more family friendly,” says Pearce about the wide range of tours and activities that are now geared for younger ages. “Visitors are pleasantly surprised by how many cool things there are now to do with kids and teens.”  Below are her team’s Top Ten Things to Do with Kids in Moab.

1.         Rock Climb (minimum age 5):  Expert guides teach experienced climbers and novices how to climb and rappel down Moab sandstone. http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/rock-climbing/basic-climbing.php

2.         Hike up a Creek: Looking for a cooler activity in the heat of day? Kids can blow off steam in the stream bed of a shadowed canyon on a five-mile out-and-back hike in Negro Bill Canyon off of Scenic Byway 128. http://www.utahredrocks.com/hike_negro_bill.htm

3.         Discover Dinosaur Tracks and Petroglyphs on Potash Road: Head up Highway 279 (Potash Road) about 15 minutes from Moab for spectacular views of Native American Petroglyphs etched into rock. Go a little farther for Dinosaur Tracks! (For more about dinosaurs, check out the Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail). http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/potash-road/index.html

4.         Earn Junior Ranger Badges at National Parks: Both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks offer free Junior Ranger programs and booklets. Youngsters who complete five activities and exercises receive an official badge and certificate! 

5.         Glide on a Hummer Slickrock Safari (minimum age 3): This is a slow ride that can feel like being on a roller coaster on the sandstone hills on Moab’s popular Hell’s Revenge trail. This activity is safe enough for little ones and wild enough for the cool kids. http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/hummer/slickrock.php 

6.         Raft the Colorado River (minimum age 5): Families take on playful class I and II rapids in a 16-foot paddle boat with the option to try a hand at paddling a two-person inflatable kayak. http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/rafting/pm.php

7.         Weave through Fisher Towers: Ever wanted to explore Mars? The scenic Fisher Towers hike off of Highway 128 lets kids weave in and out of red rock spires and castles with scenic views of the Colorado River in the distance.  http://www.discovermoab.com/pdf/fishertowers.pdf

8.         Tackle a High Ropes Course: Ages 6 and up (minimum height 4 feet) can scramble up a uniquely crafted climbing wall, climb a giant cargo net, ride a skateboard zipline, walk a 25-foot balance beam, and tons more. http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/ropes-course-moab-utah/high-ropes-challenge-course.php

9.         MoabRecreation and Aquatic Center: It’s not a vacation for the kids if there’s not a pool. This swimming pool has slides, short diving boards, and, best of all, an indoor pool out of the heat!  http://moabrecreation.com/index.aspx?NID=112

10.       Making Music and More: Located five minutes from downtown Moab at 680 Millcreek Drive, the Music Park is a must for amateur musicians of all ages. Industrial materials have been shaped into eclectic musical instruments—a one-of-a-kind experience!  http://freenotesharmonypark.com/blog/2010/05/21/musical-playground-rotary-park-moab-utah/.  And when it’s just time to sit down, Moab Backyard Theater offersmagic shows, jazz and bluegrass music, and Western movie nights! http://www.moabbackyardtheater.com/

Through the Moab Adventure Center families may combine half, full and multiple-day activities in the Moab region. There’s a 10 percent discount when combining three or more full- or half-day activities in a package.

MoabAdventure Centercan also arrange a variety of basic-to-luxury lodging options and suggest family-friendly dining venues.

About Moab Adventure Center

MoabAdventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October.

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Utah’s Moab Adventure Center Suggests Potpourri of Hiking & Canyoneering Adventures Independent or Accompanied by a Guide

MOAB, UT, June 19, 2014 – A visit to Moab, UT, one of the world’s great natural playgrounds, may include independent backcountry hiking with only a map for a guide or a more in-depth exploration that may include canyoneering and rappelling where assistance by a professional guide is often recommended. 

“Most people who come to our area do short hikes on their own,” said Jamie Pearce, manager of the Moab Adventure Center http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/. “Our helpful staff is always ready to offer suggestions and trailhead directions and take care of whatever outfitting they may need.”  The center sells a full line of outdoor gear, clothing and equipment.

“Our team knows the ins and outs of the region’s mountains, canyons and national parks and we can mix and match suggestions for both independent and guided activities to match visitor abilities, budgets and interests,” explains Pearce. 

Pearce points to several hikes are only a half-mile roundtrip for beginners or folks with limited time. For example, in Arches National Park is Sand Dune Arch, also the name of what she calls “a fun, funky hike” that weaves through the red rock to reveal a natural sand dune actually under an arch. Another hike, Double Arch, leads to the phenomenon of two arches stacked on top of each other.  In Canyonlands National Park there’s a short hike to Mesa Arch with stunning views. 

Longer hikes might include a mile roundtrip to Upheaval Dome, “a geological phenomenon in the desert where you look downward into rock layers,” she says. The four-mile-roundtrip Morning Glory Arch hike is into and through a canyon, wandering through red rock with the company of a little stream and some riparian life. “There are rolling hills and this hike is fairly easy,” she notes. 

However, more complex hikes may have different start and end points that will require transfers or vehicle shuttles. She suggests that assistance with logistics and a guide’s knowledge will enhance the experience. One such hike is a more extreme trek from Moab Rim to Hidden Valley. “This is a steep hike (around six miles) with vistas of the Colorado River and overlooking the town of Moab. The path drops to a canyon called Hidden Valley where the magic of prehistory is revealed in rock carvings known as petroglyphs. There is a steep downhill on shale requiring good shoes,” she adds.

Moab Adventure Center guides also enter the picture when guests want to delve deeper and more extensively into the geology and history of the area, or if they’ve commissioned a custom program where the logistics require assistance, she says. The instances might include canyon rappelling and advanced mountain biking, in addition to challenging hiking opportunities.

Pearce recalled a group who took a guided jeep tour to a pair of natural rock spans known as Gemini Bridges. They rappelled down the bridges and were transported from the bottom of the rappel back to their hotel. The same group then did a downhill mountain bike tour through Onion Creek followed by a two-day whitewater raft trip through Cataract Canyon.

Other opportunities for guides to enhance an experience include custom photography tours. “People say, ‘I want this shot and I want it at this time of day.’ Our guides can accommodate these requests,” she says. “Others ask for wildflower tours, archaeology and rock art tours, and paleontology tours to see dinosaur tracks. Sometimes groups of seniors will ask for guides who can assist their experiences. Others heave heard about our sunset tour with catered dinner atop a vista of the Colorado River.”

The cost for a private tour with a guide, equipment and transportation ranges between $150 to $350 per hour depending upon the activity and group size.

“People who are very, very interested in certain things in Moab, or who want the experience all to themselves, will book these highly personal experiences,” she says.

Guests who prefer joining a pre-set group tour can enjoy a 10 percent discount when combining three or more full- or half-day activities in a package.

About Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October.

The Moab Adventure Center http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/ is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Utah’s Moab Adventure Center Suggests Menu of Nature-Based Activities That Equal In-Gym Cross-Fit Training

Moab, UT, May 14, 2014– Taking a breather from the daily routine is the essence of a good vacation. For fitness enthusiasts, this might mean leaving behind the neighborhood gym and personal trainer but it doesn’t have to mean foregoing cross-fit workouts.

In a natural playground surrounded by mountains, canyons and national parks, Moab, UT, extends a welcome to cross-fit devotees. The Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/) provides a one-stop planning and fulfillment resource for a wide spectrum of outdoor activities that can help keep minds and bodies in shape when away from the gym.

“We don’t claim to call what we offer a ‘true cross-fit program’. But following the same objectives of total body fitness we can arrange an active vacation that incorporates the goals of cross-fit by working different muscle groups while engaging in a variety of fun-but-challenging outdoor activities” says Brandon Lake, Moab Adventure Center co-founder.

In line with cross-fit’s strategy of strengthening and conditioning the whole body through challenging workouts, guests may combine half and full-day activities in the Moab region that together provide a total body workout, Lake says.  In addition to planning cross-fit activities, Moab Adventure Center can arrange a variety of basic-to-luxury lodging options and suggest dining venues that provide nutritional meals, also a key to a full fitness and wellness program.

Following are Moab Adventure Center’s suggested cross-fit activities:

Guests can enjoy a 10 percent discount when combining three or more full- or half-day activities in a package. Bordering Moab to the north and west, Utah’s red rock fantasylands, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, offer visitors an immersion course in geology and ancient cultures.

About Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October.

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Utah’s Moab Adventure Center Lassos ‘em in with 10 Percent Discount, New Eateries, Glamping and Trails

Moab, UT, April 3, 2014Moab Adventure Center, the one-stop shop for active Moab vacations, is attracting visitors with a stay-and-play 10 percent discount on combination packages of three or more single full- or half-day adventures. And new for 2014, Moab, UT is wining, dining, and lodging adventure enthusiasts with a number of brand-new offerings.

“Sure you can breathe our air for a day but why not gulp it for several days in one of the most scenic natural playgrounds in the world,” says Jamie Pearce, Moab Adventure Center Manager (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/). “This world-class vacation destination for adventure sports just keeps getting better and better.”

In the new-for-2014 restaurant category isAristo's Mediterranean Restaurant serving flavors of Turkey and Greece for lunch and dinner. The chef is from Istanbul. A preview of recently opened Los Jilbertos recommends it for giant burritos and huevos rancheros. Plus it’s open for a taco fix 24 hours a day.

Three new trails have opened up: Intrepid Trail 2 at Dead Horse State Park; Hymasa, part of the Amasa Back Trail System; and Prospector Hiking Trail that starts north of the Rock Shop. There are also new trails that are still works in progress by Gemini Bridges. Stop by the Moab Adventure Center for directions.

Moab Gear Trader is a new consignment store offering free Wifi and a library of guide books and maps. Staff can also provide tips on where to go explore next. Warm-weather consignment and/or items for purchase include gear for biking, climbing, boating, hiking and such sporting goods as bats and balls. There’s also an impressive selection for kids.

New accommodations are Comfort Suites opening July 29; Marriott-Fairfield Inn & Suites opening in November; and ready now is the area's first-ever "glamping" destination, Moab Under Canvas. Located on 40 acres seven miles north of Moab and a step away from the entrance to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park the site features luxurious tents that represent glamorous camping (or “glamping”) at its finest http://www.moabundercanvas.com/index.html. For convenience, this experience can also be booked through Moab Adventure Center.

To date, the Moab events calendar showcases:

  • May 17th Back of Beyond SUP Race
  • May 24-25 Moab Arts Festival including a Beer and Wine Event
  • May 29-30 Moab Wild West MOABA (most outstanding annual bike adventure)
  • July 5 Canyonlands Whitewater Music Festival
  • Aug. 28 Utah state H.O.G. rally
  • Set. 11-13 Canyonlands turns 50

Moab Adventure Center suggests and offers, among others, mountain biking in this mountain biking capital of the world, stand up paddleboarding on the Colorado River, a sunset Hummer safari, jet boating, whitewater rafting, flightseeing and even hot air ballooning as diverse ways to explore a region of the world that has, over millennia, become a geological masterpiece. Bordering Moab to the north and west, Utah’s red rock fantasylands, Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, offer time-challenged visitors an immersion course in geology and ancient cultures when they fling themselves into activities showcasing the region’s beauty and diversity.

About Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October.

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Challenges Facing Global Playground - Regional Tourism Leaders Shed Light on Questions Surrounding Greater Moab, Utah, Region

Moab, UT, Jan. 23, 2014-- If you build it they will come. In this case the architect is Mother Nature. With the assistance of extensive marketing, in 2013 some 1,180,000 (according to Arches National Park) visited the greater Moab, UT, region.

However, questions are hotly debated about numbers of visitors, where they go and what they do. For some, only human-powered travel and recreation are acceptable. For others, everyone from hikers to motorcyclists should be allowed. For yet others, the area’s rich deposits of crude oil, natural gas and potash ought to be fair game for drilling and mining. At stake is everything from jobs and tax revenue to the preservation or degradation of some of the most stunning landscapes in the world.

Because of these and other concerns, Governor Gary Herbert of Utah in 2013 became the first governor in the country to create an Office of Outdoor Recreation specifically dedicated to promoting the outdoor recreation industry in the state.

One company heavily vested in recreation and tourism here is Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/). Its resources helped retain visitors in the region during the Oct. 1-16 2013 shutdown of National Parks when the US government closed for a 16-day period. While the government debacle affected private business, including Moab Adventure Center, the Center’s resources positioned in the heart of one of America’s great recreational oases precluded more than a 12 percent decline in visitors compared to the same time last year. The diversity of recreational offerings allowed some sectors of its business to show a sharp increase as people sought alternatives to recreating in the parks, with full-day rafting trips up 24 percent, backcountry Hummer safaris up 10 percent and mountain biking up 54 percent. Despite the shutdown, the company saw a 4.7 percent increase in visitors in 2013 compared to 2012.

Moab Adventure Center, at the epicenter of nature- rather than Disney-themed adventure, promises rafting, jet boating, stand up paddleboarding, hiking, mountain biking, hot air ballooning, Hummer safaris, rock climbing, canyoneering and horseback riding. Guides conduct many of these activities, an arrangement that helps preclude the kind of damage to the land that can occur when unguided and uneducated visitors venture where they shouldn’t.

Arches National Park is 4.5 miles from the Center and Canyonlands National Park 30 miles. The epicenter is Moab (population just over 5,000), county seat of Grand County, (population just over 9,000, on 3,694 square miles, of which only six percent is privately held). An historically rich area, many first-time visitors have a sense of the familiar thanks to an extensive list of films that have been shot here, including, to be released in 2014, “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction” filmed in Grand County.

Forty-three years before Moab Adventure Center was formed in 2004, its parent company, Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), was plying local waters on rafting adventures.

“In 2000 the same kinds of things were happening as they are now, but an adventure center was a brilliant idea to put everything in one place and offer a one-stop shop,” says Marian DeLay, executive director of the Moab Area Travel Council. “The parks were still going on; there was still whitewater rafting through independent companies. I can’t tell you of a company that hasn’t succeeded here. If a company closed, it was only because of the economy. Outfitters have been fairly lucky.”

This luck translates to raising at least 76 percent of municipal and county revenues through tourism. There are some 5,700 people in the county labor force, of whom approximately 3,000 are in some way serving the tourism industry.

The region offers 3500-plus guest beds. Year-round occupancy runs between 74 and 80 percent March through November. A transient rooms tax of 4.25 percent helps accomplish a $1.6 million tourism marketing budget.

“Residents understand that in order to have tourism, we have to pay for the services,” underscored DeLay. “Infrastructure needs are always growing and will continue to grow as we grow. The city and county have done really good planning.”

However there are issues surrounding tourism and its growth.

  • Are local / regional efforts to educate tourists creating good ambassadors of visitors and are they respectful and responsible guests?
  • Should guests stay on the beaten track or be allowed to be free to go wherever they want? Some say that there should be a designated wilderness region in Canyonlands National Park where the public would not be allowed to visit. The Utah legislature is looking at this issue.
  • Should the mostly public lands be explored for natural gas resources? Some drilling already occurs, said Brandon Lake, Moab Adventure Center spokesman. “There are always those who want more. We’re on both sides. There’s an economy to be run out there as well. Do we want something right in the middle of where we’re doing tours? A big oil rig would ruin the experience for our guests.”

Western River Expeditions is the parent company of Moab Adventure Center. Its CEO, Brian Merrill, noted that the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance has a list of areas they would like to see receive wilderness designation. “This puts limits on how you can travel in these areas: no motorized vehicles; only hike or float. The more current debate is less about wilderness designation and more about the potential for the Obama administration to create a greater Canyonlands National Monument through the Antiquities Act. This would encompass a huge swath and overnight become a national monument. This is the way a lot of national parks were created, first as national monument and then into a park.”

In this area there are a variety of uses for this land: backpacking, driving jeeps, drilling for oil and mining for potash, Merrill explained. “In an effort to provide an alternative to creating a controversial national monument, Congressman Rob Bishop, chair of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee, has been meeting with different interest groups on a regular basis and creating a piece of legislation that would put all these questions to rest.”

How? By constituent agreement that a map would designate areas appropriate to drill for, among possible others:

  • Oil and natural gas
  • areas for pure wilderness, even keeping mountain bikers out
  • a different design for the river corridor
  • and a clear definition of where people can go in a motorized vehicle.

“We’re hoping this will be a model for these kinds of decisions moving forward. It’s remarkable how diverse groups are coming to the table and playing together. I think people are catching the vision and on all sides, people understand that we do have areas that we agree on and if we all give up a little, everyone can get quite a bit of what they want,” said Merrill.

Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/) is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October.

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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Utah’s Moab Adventure Center Pairs Regional Autumn Calendar With Harvest of Fall Adventure

Moab, UT, Aug. 15, 2013Moab Adventure Center in Moab, UT, is luring people into one of the world’s most spectacular playgrounds this fall with a menu of outdoor adventure to occupy vacationers for a half day or several days paired with a regional events calendar ranging from an international film festival to pumpkin chuckin'. 

“September and October are the prime months in Moab for consistently perfect weather, zany community events and backcountry trails just to yourself,” said Jamie Pearce, Manager of the Moab Adventure Center (225 South Main Street, http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/). 

Following are a few fall activity menu options and a fall Moab activity calendar to help coordinate an extended stay: http://moabadventurecenter.com/areainfo/calendar.php 

Hummer Safari takes guests deep into the Slickrock formations that Moab is famous for. http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/hummer/ 

Arches Fiery Furnace Hike twists and turns among contorted orange-tan sandstone fins, towers, spires and arches within this scenic section of Arches National Park: http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/national-park/archeshike.php 

Ephedras Grotto Canyoneering brings hikers across petrified sand dunes to two rappels (90 feet and 120 feet) into a sculptured underground chasm: http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/rock-climbing/canyoneering.php

Moab Mountain Biking Tours for all skill levels includes a sunrise downhill tour as it descends over 3,000 feet through the golden fall foliage of the La Sal Mountains: http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/biking/ 

Zip Line Adventure is the center’s latest lure atop the Moab Valley Rim, home tosix thrilling zip lines and a 100-foot suspension bridge all with amazing views of Moab Valley: http://moabadventurecenter.com/trips/moab-zip-line/ 

Some of the more noteworthy fall events in and around Moab include: 

Moab Artwalk: Downtown Moab businesses and community organizations open their doors from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 14, Oct. 12 and Nov. 9 so the public can stroll through featured art exhibits. 

Fee Free National Park Days / Nat'l Public Lands Day: The Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service (Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monuments) is joining national parks across the country in waiving entrance fees Aug. 25, Sept. 28 and Nov. 9-11 to encourage people to get outdoors and spend time with their friends and family in the national parks.

MoabInternational Film Festival:  Dramatic documentaries, environmental landscapes, outdoor action and more will be screened Sept. 20-22. 

10th Annual M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Boogies) Skydiving Festival: Over 300 international skydivers are scheduled from Sept. 25-29 to jump from two or three giant twin-turbine airplanes 17,500 feet above the sea (13,000 feet above the ground). That's 60 seconds of freefall at 120 MPH. 

8th Annual Moab Ho-Down Mountain Bike Festival and Film Fest: From Oct. 24-27 it’s bikes and movies.Thursday and Friday night are the movie nights at Star Hall. Saturday is race day with a Super D and a Downhill race. Saturday night is the outrageous costume party with live music at Moab Brewery. Sunday is the Dirt Jump Jam at Moab’s newly updated bike park. 

Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival that raises money Oct. 26 for the Youth Garden Project is held at the Old Airport Runway, eight miles south of Moab from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Look for pie-eatin’ and costume contests, food vendors, arts and craft vendors, Weiner dog races, game booths, kids activities, live Bluegrass music, and slingshots, catapults, trebuchets and air cannons shooting pumpkins through the sky. 

Moab Adventure Center (http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/) is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/), an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab, Utah and Fredonia, Arizona. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, UT. Its programs are available from March through October. 

The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main Street, Moab, Utah 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact/. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear and clothing as well as souvenirs.

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