Are you planning a trip to Utah and wondering what are the best things to do in Moab? Or maybe you are looking for suggestions for your Moab trip? If so this article is for you!
With a huge variety of things to do in Moab, there is no wonder that it’s such a popular spot in Utah in the United States. If you have lots of time in Moab, you can go horse riding, mountain biking, rock climbing, walk dinosaur trails, and even visit a winery… Our very favorite was camping off the beaten path!
If your visit is rather short, you probably just want to see the very best Moab attractions and places near Moab that are most worth your time. So, if you are wondering what are the must-see places or must-do activities in Moab, read on! Visiting for the first time or only have limited time to spend venturing around this beautiful landscape? This post should help you!
This is in no way a complete list of things to do in Moab, as there are plenty more things that we didn’t get a chance to experience but these were some of my favorites!
1. Explore Arches National Park
One of the main reasons people come to Moab is to visit one of the most (if not THE most) beautiful National Parks of the United States – Arches National Park. So if you only have one day in Moab, the best thing to do is to explore Arches National Park. The fee is $30 per car, but IT IS WORTH IT!
Then if you are short on time and want to see the best that Arches National Park has to offer, here are the main highlights: the scenic drive through the park with short stops at the Balanced Rock, Double Arch, The Windows, and Park Avenue viewpoint. The best hike in the park is the Delicate Arch Trail where you can also find some rock art. We had a lot of fun hiking the Sand dunes trail with the boys. Perfect for kids because its not a long hike and the rocks make the trail shaded so its quite an enjoyable stroll. Carson really enjoyed all the caves and tunnels throughout the trail.
2. The view from Dead Horse Point State Park
There are few places as beautiful as Dead Horse Point State Park. It’s just a short drive from Moab on the way to Canyonlands National Park. Because these are different parks (State Park vs National Park) you will have to pay separate fees. Dead Horse Point is $20 – unless you have a State Park Annual Pass. Seeing the view at Dead Horse Point State Park is a memory I’ll never forget! It’s definitely one of the best things you can do near Moab. I saw this place on Pinterest and pinned the photo years ago so I knew when we made our trip to Moab I had to have a photo there. I even brought a special dress for the pic! It turned out better than I could have imagined – although it’s somewhere the old idiom rings true, “You have to see it to believe it!” Don’t miss this! As a bonus, there’s a cool view of the “Potash Evaporation Ponds” (a dazzling technicolor surprise). Take a look on google maps to see what they look like from a birds eye view!
Camping is a must-do activity if you visit Moab in summer. Camping in Moab is unlike camping anywhere else. I’ve never seen SO many stars! They were majestic! Between the breathtaking views, the illuminated night sky, and the overwhelmingly peaceful scenery, to me there is no better way to spend an extended weekend. Plus, camping snuggles are my very favorite!
4. Scorpion Hunting
Scorpion Hunting was so much fun! The boys had the best time looking for scorpions. This was the perfect activity for right before bed – unless you have a severe case of arachnophobia. We got black light flashlights and let the kids turn over rocks and look in crevices for the scorpions. They were really easy to find because the glowed so brightly. I actually enjoyed it too and I’m not a insect or anything creepy-crawly type of person. We found one itty-bitty guy that was about the size of a sunflower seed! He was actually kinda cute!
5. Dinosaur Museum
Moab Giants is a very fun dinosaur museum for all ages. We unfortunately couldn’t fit it in our trip this time but this is definitely something to look into if you’ve got kiddos while exploring the red rocks of southern Utah.