MOAB, UT, Feb. 23, 2022 – Locals who live in Moab, Utah, know how to get the most fun out of this red rock playground they call home. Referred to by many as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, Moab is the gateway to the mighty Colorado River and two iconic treasures: Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
When visitors want to play like a local, the hot tip is to pay a visit to the Moab Adventure Center on South Main Street, a one-stop shop for all adventure-related activities and advice. Drawing from their years of experience, they offer this shortlist of what to do, exclusive of wining, dining and shopping, guaranteed to make one feel a connection to a place that is unlike any other vacation destination on earth.
Insider’s Top Tips Include:
1. Rafting for the Day on the Colorado River –One of the most popular activities in Moab is rafting on the Colorado River immersed in the world-famous scenery of Castle Valley. Visitors have plenty of choices from morning or mid-day trips, but a full day of rafting offers the most bang for the buck and can even include a riverside BBQ picnic.
2. A Sunset Evening Hummer Safari – In the evening, everything in Moab turns a deeper shade of red, or pink or orange as the sun sets slowly in the west. A Sunset Hummer Safari posits locals and visitors alike in the epi-center of this kaleidoscope of colors while sitting comfortably in a rock-steady Hummer driven by expert guides over some of the most unique terrain on the planet. The Hells Revenge Trail is perhaps the most famous 4x4 trail in the world and certainly one of the most popular things to do in Moab.
3. Going Deep with Canyoneering– Hiking is one of the most compelling activities in Moab and can lead to hidden grottoes, arches and rare creek-side trails. Many take the trek up Grandstaff Canyon for a little shade and desert greenery along a beautiful stream. But most people just hike up and back from the trailhead missing the best adventure. Taking the route a step further can lead to the top edge of Grandstaff Canyon and a classic Moab canyoneering adventure. After harnessing up with experienced guides and ropes, you rappel into Ephedra’s Grotto and then over the massive Morning Glory Natural Bridge.
4. Touring Arches National Park– You can’t make a trip to Moab, Utah, and not see Arches National Park. Many of the park’s iconic features are easily explored just off the highway with guided van tour, or, like the locals, you can drive on your own providing you secure an entry permit months in advance. Some advantages to a guided Arches tour include taking your hands off the wheel so you can look at the odd scenery instead of the line of bumpers in front of you.
5. Riding the Moab Zip Line– Zipline tours are always a lot of fun no matter where you are, but where else can locals and visitors alike soar like a raven from sandstone ledges, domes and fins across a wide-open desert rimmed by snow-capped mountains? A rowdy 4x4 ride up the mountainside brings adventurers above the town of Moab and to the rim of a whole different landscape.
6. Hiking and Rock Climbing to Fisher Towers– These soaring towers rise nearly 1,000 feet above the desert floor yet blend in almost imperceptibly from certain viewpoints among Castle Valley below. Rock climbing is a very popular thing to do in Moab, and the Fisher Towers ascents offer expert climbers a challenging and rewarding view. Just hiking the undulating trail at the base of the towers is awe-inspiring -- no need for ropes to get an amazing view here! The way the place glows at sunset and the silhouette of iconic rock castles in the valley below will really make you feel like you’ve been someplace worthy of being called “The Wild West”.
7. Driving to the Overlook at Dead Horse Point– Locals advise that soaking up the vast view at this easily accessible overlook in the morning or evening sunlight is one of Moab’s best experiences. The goosenecks of the Colorado River roll tranquilly hundreds of feet below as the river approaches the deeper labyrinth of gorges in Canyonlands National Park, including Cataract Canyon. Savvy locals also hop on their mountain bikes to ride the trails that traverse the rim of the Dead Horse Point area. Visitors may opt for guided mountain bike tours or do-it-yourself jeep rentals.
8. Relaxing at the Moab Aquatic & Rec Center– While Mother Nature offers so much to see and do in the Moab area, locals and visitors alike enjoy the Moab Aquatic & Recreation Center, also known as the MRAC, a local hub for fitness and leisure activities. Think two outdoor pools, an indoor pool and slide, a fitness center and fitness classes.
9. Visiting The Original Jurassic Park– More than dinosaur bones and footprints, the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park and Tracks Museum will make dinosaurs seem alive again. This interactive dinosaur park framed by Jurassic rock layers is a must-revisit when locals entertain friends and families. Think Dinosaur Trail, Dig it Out at the Dino Playground, the Paleo Camp and the 5-D virtual aquarium.
10. Golfing in Moab– Golf courses can’t get much more scenic than the Moab Golf Course. Smooth vivid greens contrast against craggy red cliffs to make for a stunning 18- hole, par 72 day.
To obtain a Free Insider’s Guide to Moab, Utah, please see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/free-moab-insiders-guide
About the Moab Adventure Center
Moab Adventure Center is at the epicenter of nature-themed rather than Disney-themed adventure, promising activities that include rafting, jet boating, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and hot air ballooning. Hummer safaris, rock climbing, canyoneering, and horseback riding are popular. Many of these activities are conducted with guides, an arrangement that helps preclude the kind of damage to the land that can happen when uneducated visitors venture into areas where they shouldn’t be. Guides help people understand where they can move through the backcountry 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. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear, clothing, maps and souvenirs.
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