Moab, Utah

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Visit Moab: Arches, Archaeology and Adventures

A small resort town in south eastern Utah, Moab is popular with adventure seekers and anyone who just wants to get out into wide open spaces. Moab is located on the southern banks of the mighty Colorado River. The town sprang up as an important river crossing trading post in the early 1800s. And it is the surrounding spectacular red rock landscapes shaped by that river that makes Moab such a popular tourist destination today. Breathtaking landscapes, whether experienced hiking or mountain biking, in a car or a boat on the river, with millions of years of history, from Dinosaurs to the more recent Fremont and Ancestral Peubloan archaeology and rock art.

Delicate Arch at sunset.

Delicate Arch at sunset with the La Sal Range under snow.

What is Moab Known For?

More than likely you have already seen a photograph of the Delicate Arch, Moab’s iconic image. That arch is just one of the many extraordinary features of the red rock landscape Moab is so well known for. Whether you visit for a day or stay for a week, you will not struggle to occupy your time. From dinosaur tracks millions of years old, to rock art and petroglyphs painted a few hundred years ago. From the locations used in well known movies, to creating your own adrenalin pumping experiences.
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Remains of the Romanesque church at Jumièges Abbey.

Barrier Canyon images at the Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon. Photograph © PDTillman/Wikimedia

Where are the Petroglyphs in Moab?

The American Southwest is well known for some great rock art. Including Barrier Canyon and Fremont traditions to name two. There is a good collection of rock art sites at Moab. Both petroglyphs, where images were pecked into the rock, and pictographs, where images were painted on rock surfaces. Several sites are close to the town, but some are a bit further afield. We provide directions and an interactive map to help you find these sites yourself, as well as the details of organised rock art daytrips from Moab and petroglyph auto tours.
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The Colorado river cut through canyons in Canyonlands National Park.

The Colorado River through Canyonlands National Park.

What National Parks are in Moab?

Moab is a good base from which to explore two of Utah’s big five national parks. Arches National Park is named after the amazing geological features, while Canyonlands National Park has dramatic canyons carved by the Colorado River over millennia. It is only a 20 minute drive north from Moab to the Arches Visitor Center, and just under an hour to the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, one of four in Canyonlands. Both parks are free to roam 24 hours a day, but there are also many excellent ranger programmes to participate in, from hikes to rock art sites and stargazing at new moon.

A view of off roading from within the vehicle.

Taking on the offroad trails around Moab in 4×4 style.

Moab Adventure Activities

Whether you are visiting Moab for extreme activities or the quiet of the vast outdoors, there really is something for everyone. Old mining roads make good 4×4 trails, while backcountry trails make excellent scenic bike rides. The Colorado River offers a range of experiences from white-water rafting to gentle cruises. The Moab Information Center has everything you need to know to do it yourself. Or you can choose from the many activity providers. The guides know the area, and the regulations, supporting responsible and sustainable tourism.

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Museums in Moab

Sixteenth century tapestries hanging in the Museum of Fine Art in Saint-Lô.

One of over 100 life size replicas on a half mile trail.

Moab Giants

Moab Giants offers the perfect blend of science and adventure, for all ages, whatever your interest. One of the world’s leading dinosaur attractions, Moab Giants uses cutting edge interactive technologies to tell the stories of these amazing creatures. These include a 3D theatre that shows the history of the universe from Big Bang to the dinosaurs, a playground and ‘dig’ pit for the kids, interactive museum displays that tell us what we know about dinosaurs and how. Also an outdoor trail with life size replicas of the very creatures that once roamed the landscape around Moab.
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