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A Week in Moab

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This itinerary is sort of Moab’s greatest hits. It features everything from driving the scenic byways and exploring the museums, to hiking, mountain biking and river rafting.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Auto Touring, Boating, Camping, Commercial Tours, Culture, Desert, Dining, Family, Guided Tours, Hiking, History, Lodging, Mountain Biking, Nature & Wildlife Viewing, Photography, Picnicking, River Trips, Rock Climbing, Stargazing
  • Activity Level Moderate
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All about the A Week in Moab.

Moab, a town in eastern Utah with around 5,000 inhabitants, attracts a large number of tourists every year and there are a lot of good reasons for that. It is located in very close proximity to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as several other incredible natural features. The region around the town is probably the greatest mountain biking area in the world and features jaw-dropping landscape with many interesting rock formations, dinosaur, rock art and movie sites, three scenic byways and a beautiful section of the Colorado River.

It doesn’t matter if you prefer leisurely exploring famous sites and chill besides a pool or if you prefer to roll up your sleeves and tackle a multi-day hike or enter a technical slot canyon. Moab should definitely be on your bucket list.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Day 1 Arches

    55 miles (85 km) – 2 hours and 45 minutes of driving time

    Start: Moab, UT

    End: Moab, UT

    On the first day of your stay in Moab, you will be exploring one of Utah’s mighty five national parks. As indicated by its name, Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, which is the world’s largest concentration of these extraordinary rock formations. Besides countless arches, the park contains a wide variety of unique geological formations such as massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires and massive sandstone fins. Eighteen miles (29 km) long scenic drive winds through the park and will take you to most of the major viewpoints in the park.

     

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  2. Day 2 Scenic Drives

    95 miles (155 km) – 5 hours 30 minutes of driving time

    Start: Moab, UT

    End: Moab, UT

    You will spend day 2 exploring the jaw-dropping red rock scenery along the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (UT-128) and the contrasting scenery of Manti-La Sal National Forest and La Sal Mountains along the La Sal Mountain Loop Road.

     

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  3. Day 3 Rafting the Colorado

    Spending a day on the river is what you’ll do on day 3. There are many different ways to experience the beautiful area of eastern Utah from a unique perspective that only a river can offer. You will have a choice of milder rafting/kayaking trip on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado, or the more adventurous whitewater trip in Cataract or Westwater Canyons.

     

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  4. Day 4 Canyon Country

    115 miles (185 km) – 3 hours

    Start: Moab, UT

    End: Moab, UT

    Countless canyons surround Moab and on day 4 you’ll be exploring some of them. Canyonlands, the largest national park in Utah, protects more than 337,000 acres (1,365 km2) of canyon country. The park is divided into three distinct districts, which are not connected. On day 4 you’ll be visiting the Island in the Sky District, which offers the easiest way to see the stunning beauty of the park. The Island in the Sky sits atop a massive 1500-foot (457 m) mesa and is quite literally an Island in the Sky. From its viewpoints visitors can often see over 100 miles (160 km) in any given direction, resulting in panoramas containing thousands of square miles of canyon country.

     

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  5. Day 5 Dinosaurs & Rock Art

    65 miles (105 km) – 1 hour 45 minutes

    Start: Moab, UT

    End: Moab, UT

    Moab’s surroundings feature an incredible amount of canyons, arches, dinosaur and rock art sites and other unbelievable natural features. On day 5 you’ll be exploring a few of them.

    Start the day by driving north on US-191 out of town. Cross the Colorado River and make a left onto Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (UT-279). This beautiful byway soon enters the deep gorge of the Colorado River. Follow it for 10 miles (16 km) to the parking area on the right side of the road.

     

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  6. Day 6 The Greatest MTB in the World

    Moab offers an enormous variety of mountain biking trails for bikers of any experience level. World famous, physically demanding and technical Slickrock Bike Trail is located within Sand Flats Recreation Area, just a stone throw away from the town. This jaw-dropping trail, which is probably the world’s greatest mountain biking trail, might be too technical and difficult for you, but don’t worry, Moab also contains a large number of easy and extremely scenic bike trails. Many bike shops are located in town, so you won’t have any problem renting a bike and other equipment, as well as getting all the information you’ll need about the trails in the area.

     

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  7. Day 7 The Needles

    210 miles (335 km) – 5 hours 30 minutes

    Start: Moab, UT

    End: Moab, UT

    You will start your last day in Moab with a second visit to the Arches National Park. There is a very special place in the park you didn’t explore on your first visit. The Fiery Furnace is a small maze of colorful sandstone fins and narrow slot canyons. The name comes from the deep red and orange glow of the sandstone fins that, when lit by the setting sun, resemble a “fiery furnace”.

     

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Park Avenue Trail

Park Avenue Trail

Morning Glory Natural Bridge

Morning Glory Natural Bridge

Sunset at Island in the Sky

Sunset at Island in the Sky

Comfort or Freedom

Campgrounds, hotels, motels, b&bs, etc. You Choose!

Overall Rating
5/5
Ivanna Gallois
Reviewed On 22/10/2018
5/5

I visited Moab almost 30 years ago and I remember it as an area of magnifique beauty. Merci for this itinerary. It encourage me to visit Moab again.

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