There Is More to Moab Than 4-Wheeling #EJS2016Posted in Moab Experience: 2016 on April 6, 2016
If all you know about Moab comes from these pages, you might get the impression that it is an off-roader’s wonderland where none of the roads are paved and low range is required to get to the corner market. And while you might be into that, sometimes the rest of your family does not share your passion for wheeling 24/7. The truth is Moab is an outdoor mecca for many more activities than just 4-wheeling. The town caters to adventure seekers and even has a small airport for those traveling from distant lands. Everything you could possibly want to do outdoors is available in Moab, complete with rental equipment and guides for those who need it.
The town of Moab only has a fulltime population of 5,000, but it has the services of a much larger city due to the influx of tourists. Lining Main Street are several excellent restaurants and breweries, quaint book shops, and small local businesses. Lodging options range from resorts to bed-and-breakfast establishments to tent camping, something to fit any budget or lifestyle. So even if your family isn’t as excited about wheeling as you are, bring them along to Moab. They are certain to find plenty of activities to enjoy.
Moab Giants is a new museum north of town that builds upon the dinosaur footprints found in the area. This park is perfect for families and provides an opportunity to learn while having fun.
The Colorado River runs through Moab and provides a variety of aquatic adventure opportunities. White water rafting tours, kayaks and paddleboards, and even jet boats are among the various forms of transportation that can be rented to explore the river.
It may be hard to believe, but mountain biking is even more popular in Moab than 4-wheeling is. Several trails are used by both 4x4s and bikes, like Cliffhanger and Gold Bar Rim, but there is even more single-track located in every direction. At numerous bike shops in town you can test out the latest offerings or just get a new tire or quick repair.
Another outdoor activity that is immensely popular in Moab is rock climbing. Famed for crack climbing, the area known as Wall Street has endless sport climbing routes, as does the Colorado River on Potash Road. It is usually easy to find someone here to climb with, but if not, there is excellent bouldering east of Moab near the Big Bend Campground.
The Moab area has numerous examples of Indian rock art to enjoy, some of which can be accessed on 4WD trails like Steelbender. There are two types of rock art: petroglyphs and pictographs. Petroglyphs are pecked or scratched on the rock surface, and pictographs are paintings or drawings using mineral pigments and plant dyes on the rock surface.
There are endless hiking trails around Moab for a variety of fitness levels and interests. The elevation is around 4500 feet, so you might get winded easily if you are from sea level. Remember to bring plenty of water and dress in layers, as the weather can change quickly in the desert.
The city of Moab has numerous RV parks and hotels, but numerous BLM campgrounds are also in the area. The nicest are located next to the Colorado River and fill up quickly during big events like Easter Jeep Safari. These sites are first come, first serve and do not accept reservations, but camping can make your vacation much more affordable.
During Easter Jeep Safari the Red Rock 4-Wheelers post signs indicating which trails are open to normal use and which are reserved for the event. Please respect the wishes of the club if you do not get a spot on your preferred run. There are plenty of other activities to do in and around town to occupy your day.
Arches National Park is located just north of the town of Moab. It is worth devoting at least one day of your trip to visiting the park. Delicate Arch is the most famous arch in the park and can be reached with a short hike. There are numerous other arches in the park, and even some dirt roads to get away from the crowds.
Two skydiving services operate out of the airport north of Moab. If you want to get a view of red rock country without having to jump out of a plane, sightseeing tours by helicopter and plane are also available.
Want to conquer your fear of heights? Raven’s Rim offers zipline tours near Hell’s Revenge and the Slickrock Trail that crosses canyons hundreds of feet deep. They also have hikes over suspension bridges and guided UTV excursions.
You can cover a lot of ground on a dirt bike. The Kokopelli Trail is one of the most popular and actually goes all the way into Colorado. Note that if you want to ride on the street or in Arches or Canyonlands National Park you will need your bike to be street legal and plated.