When the Crowds Thin Down and Temperatures Cool, Moab, Utah Offers Variety of Off-Season Hiking Options

MOAB, UT, Oct. 8, 2018 – As warm-weather crowds dissipate come autumn, the silence deepens in the high desert, red-rock playground of Moab, UT.

With October to December’s average highs of 70 to 50 degrees (F), hikers change their focus from the high country to embrace the warm canyons, mesas and creek beds of the colorful country surrounding Moab. This includes the trails and vistas of nearby Arches National Park.

Utah’s Moab Adventure Center (https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/), the go-to place to make arrangements for maximizing a visit here, suggests hikes ranging from half-mile roundtrip jaunts for beginners and those with limited time to longer adventures that probe into the depths of this geological wonderland.

“One of the hottest areas of growth for us is our low-key Arches Sunset Tour,” said Cort Wright, Manager of the Moab Adventure Center. Requests for this tour are up 182 percent from 2017 to 2018.

For $85 per person (includes snacks, water, park entrance fee, guide services and transportation) guests enjoy a 50+ mile, four-hour guided, interpretive tour in a comfortable sightseeing vehicle that stops at five sites where easy hikes await. This tour offers views of famous Balanced Rock, Courthouse Towers, La Sal Mountains, Petrified Dunes, and Panorama Point. Guests enjoy short guided walks to the North and South Window Arches, Turret Arch, as well as the legendary Delicate Arch Overlook. The views only get better as the setting sun paints the surrounding sandstone monoliths and La Sal Mountains spectacular shades of orange and red. See: https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/arches-national-park-tours-sunset

A tour for more dedicated hikers is conducted early mornings, year-round as guests explore this ancientplateau concealing more than 2,000 natural arches, representing the highest concentration of such wonders on the planet. This four-hour tour for $85 per person leads to easy hikes into many of the most popular (as well as a few more obscure) natural wonders. See: https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/arches-national-park-tours-morning

Other hikes to be enjoyed on-own or with a hired guide include Sand Dune Arch that Moab Adventure Center staff dub “a fun, funky hike,” weaving through red rock landscapes to reveal natural sand dunes actually under an arch. Another hike, Double Arch, leads to the curiosity of two arches stacked on top of each other. 

Longer hikes might include a mile roundtrip to Upheaval Dome that exposes layers of rock that were twisted and thrust upward by what some geologists theorize was a meteorite impact nearly 60 million years ago. The four-mile-roundtrip Morning Glory Arch hike is into and through a canyon, wandering over slickrock with the company of a little stream and elusive riparian life.

More complex hikes may have different start and end points that require vehicle shuttles. Moab Adventure Center staff can arrange transfers and guide assistance for such hikes as a more extreme trek of around six miles from Moab Rim to Hidden Valley that looks over the Colorado River and 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 hiking boots.

More on the favorite hikes of the Moab Adventure Center staff are explored in an informative blog: https://www.westernriver.com/blog/favorite-moab-hikes/

About the Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is at the epicenter of full-reality, nature-themed adventure, promising activities that include rafting, jet boating, stand up paddle boarding, hiking, mountain biking and hot air ballooning. Hummer safaris, rock climbing, canyoneering and horseback riding are also popular pursuits. Many of these activities are conducted with veteran guides, an arrangement that helps preclude the kind of negative impact to the land that can happen when well-meaning but uneducated visitors venture into areas of environmental sensitivity. Guides help people understand where and how they can move through the back country with the least impact possible.

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 and Fredonia, AZ. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, Utah. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main St., Moab, UT 84532. For information and reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear, clothing, maps and souvenirs.

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