Discover Moab, Utah

Canyons and crevices that transport you to another planet.

A man standing near Delicate Arch during sunrise in Moab
Sunlit red rock cliffs with mountains in the background in Canyonlands National Park near Moab.
A desert cliff at sunrise in Castle Valley near Moab Utah
A desert cliff at sunrise in Castle Valley near Moab Utah

Discover Moab, Utah

Canyons and crevices that transport you to another planet.

Explore Moab like a local.

From the sky-high views of mesmorizing canyon systems to gravity-defying arches, Moab is a home base for digging into the surreal landscapes of the American Southwest.

There is a flavor of desert for every type of adventure. From 4×4 driving to rugged backpacking, it’s hard to go wrong here. 

Moab is a place that’s captured my heart. And the endless array of things to discover keeps me coming back over and over again.

Must-See locales

Must-See locales

There’s a lot on offer in Moab. No place on earth makes you feel so tall and so small. This list encompasses the best of Moab, as well as a few worthwhile side trips you don’t want to miss.

best time to visit moab for hiking

01

Arches National Park

Arguably the most popular locale in Moab, Arches is a great introduction to the area. With over 2,000 arches, you’re sure to be amazed. Best for: Beginner desert hikers, photographers, leisurely visitors.

island in the sky canyonlands

02

Island in the Sky Canyonlands

This district is closest to Moab and is world-famous for its top-down canyon views. Not to mention, the White Rim Road is a saught-after destination for multi-day bikepacking and 4×4 overlanding. Best for: photographers, casual visitors, overlanders, mountain bikers.

Dead Horse Point state park photo taken to showcase a teal river with ice flows and a red rock caynon dusted in snow.

03

Dead horse Point State Park

A great family-friendly spot to enjoy the views, Dead Horse Point has something for everyone. From yurt stays to beginner mountain biking trails, you’ll find plenty of ways to experience the magic of the desert. Best for: Families, dog-friendly adventures, beginner mountain bikers.

A hiker admiring the views in the Needles, Canyonlands National Park.

04

The Needles Canyonlands

1.5 hours south of Moab, you’ll uncover a desert hiking mecca. Needle-like spires create a dizzying canyon system that’s absolutely prime for hikes and backcountry adventures. Best for: more advanced hikers, backpackers, and the road in (Indian Creek) is famous for its crack climbs.

Two red rock towers in a canyon with the dirt White Rim road winding through it.

Best time to visit Moab

Moab is a must-visit from fall through spring. Summers are c-r-o-w-d-e-d and ungodly hot. 

Personally, my favorite time to visit is October, December, and February.

Fall features (mostly) windless days and warmer temps.

Winter sees fewer crowds and dreamy colors as the pockets of snow contrast the stark red landscape.

With 2 national parks, world-famous mountain biking, an epic state park, and endless miles of desert trails, there's a lot to do in Moab.

Hike like a pro in the desert

Hiking in the desert requires a few basic skills to stay safe and protect the landscape. Learn how to navigate this unique terrain like a total pro. 

My best tip? Wear a sunshirt, pack tweezers, and stay off of the raised, bumpy soil – it’s alive and integral to erosion prevention.

Delicate Arch hike
canyonlands national park things to do

Best time to visit Moab

Two red rock towers in a canyon with the dirt White Rim road winding through it.

Moab is a must-visit from fall through spring. Summers are c-r-o-w-d-e-d and ungodly hot. 

Personally, my favorite time to visit is October, December, and February.

Fall features (mostly) windless days and warmer temps.

Winter sees fewer crowds and dreamy colors as the pockets of snow contrast the stark red landscape.

With 2 national parks, world-famous mountain biking, an epic state park, and endless miles of desert trails, there's a lot to do in Moab.

Hike like a pro in the desert​

Hiking in the desert requires a few basic skills to stay safe and protect the landscape. Learn how to navigate this unique terrain like a total pro. 

My best tip? Wear a sunshirt, pack tweezers, and stay off of the raised, bumpy soil – it’s alive and integral to erosion prevention.

Unique Moab Experiences

Uncover the weird and wild beauty of the desert. Experience the sheer sense of scale. Get lost in winding canyons. And see the desert in a world of color that will have you pinching yourself. Yes, it’s real!

Unique MOab Experiences

Hikes in Utah

Delicate Arch

This world-famous landmark is a must-see. But it’s got crowds like you wouldn’t believe. No, I didn’t edit people out of this photo, it was really this quiet. Wanna beat the crowds? Read the guide below.

fiery furnace hike arches

Fiery Furnace

A permited adventure in Arches, this choose-your-own-adventure is an amazing way to get your feet wet with navigating canyons and scrambling in the desert. Explore how to do this incredibly whacky desert hike.

mineral bottom road

White Rim Road

The White Rim Road is a must-do permitted camping and biking adventure. You can 4×4 drive or ride a mountain bike across nearly 100 miles of desert landscapes. Here’s how to do it like a pro.

Hiking in the Needles, Canyonlands National Park.

Backpacking the Needles

Ever dreamed of waking up surrounded by cliffs and canyons? Well, you’re in luck, The Needles offers up some of the sweetest desert backpacking in all of the American Southwest.

Sunset view of a river running through some mountains in the desert.

Scenic 4x4 Drives

Moab is an excellent basecamp to try your hand at 4×4 driving. These scenic drives are incredible from sunup to sundown. 

photography mesa arch sunrise

Mesa Arch

A photographer’s dream, Mesa Arch provides ample opportunity to take that iconic shot. Here’s a look at what gear to bring and how to snag one of the top spots for your tripod.

backpacking the needles canyonlands

Moab is world-famous for its unique landscapes. Be prepared by packing UPF, breathable layers and plenty of sun protection.
Beat the crowds with sunrise itineraries that will leave you speechless. And lastly, be sure to snag your permits well in advance – things sell out fast here in the desert.

Beating the Crowds in Moab

Moab sees millions of visitors each year. Here's how to avoid crowds.​

Rise with the sun. Early starts put you one step ahead of the conga line of tourists.

Get backcountry permits. From secluded camping to rugged backpacking, there’s something for everyone.

Visit in the off season. Avoid Easter Jeep Week, holiday weekends, and summer visits.

backpacking the needles canyonlands

Quick tips for visiting

Moab is world-famous for its unique landscapes. Be prepared by packing UPF, breathable layers and plenty of sun protection. Beat the crowds with sunrise itineraries that will leave you speechless. And lastly, be sure to snag your permits well in advance - things sell out fast here in the desert.

Beating the Crowds in Moab

Moab sees millions of visitors each year. Here's how to avoid crowds.

Essential Gear

The desert is an unforgiving place. Here’s what you need to make the most of your Moab trip. These gear reccos come from using each of these items for YEARS, not months. So you can buy with confidence.

Essential Gear

REI Flash 22 Hiking Pack
REI flash 22 backpack that's small and compact for easy traveling

Sunshirt

Garmin InReach Mini

An image of a garmin in reach device.
America the Beautiful Parks Pass
A photo of an America the Beautiful parks pass that is good at 12 colorado recreation areas, monuments, and national parks.

Pee Funnel

An image of a pee funnel used to help those who squat to pee, urinate standing up.

Yeti Cooler

A large, hard-sided yeti cooler.
A man and woman posing in front of a cliff face at sunset at Indian Creek, Utah.

Meet Meg Your Local Colorado Expert

I've been traveling to Moab multiple times a year for the past decade. As an avid hiker, climber, backpacker, and 4x4 driver I'm an absolute expert in all things Moab. I've backpacked throughout the desert, hiked hundreds of miles, and climbed to the top of several towers in the Moab area. And I'm not stopping anytime soon.

Meet Meg Your Moab Expert

A man and woman posing in front of a cliff face at sunset at Indian Creek, Utah.

I travel to Moab multiple times a year. And I’ve visited consistently for the past decade. As an avid hiker, climber, backpacker, and 4×4 driver I’m an absolute expert in all things Moab. I’ve backpacked throughout the desert, hiked hundreds of miles, and climbed to the top of several towers in the Moab area. And I’m not stopping anytime soon.

Even More MOab Adventures

Ready for a few deep cuts? These adventures are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the unique flavor of the American Southwest. Not to mention, they will get your heart pumping!

Even More Colorado Adventures

Jeep driving along Gemini Bridges with snow on the ground during one of the best Moab jeep tours of them all.

Gemini Bridges Road

Looking Glass Rock Climbing

The Looking Glass Swing

Rafting along the rives in Canyonlands during a Moab rafting tour.

Moab Rafting tours

moab travel guide holding up a baby with a view of the la sal mountains at sunrise

Moab in Winter: A true paradise

View of a sandstone arch in the desert.

The UltimateMoab to bryce Canyon Road Trip

View of Arches National Park from a red jeep during the best jeep tours in Moab.

Jeep Tours in Moab

People rock climbing up a mountain in Moab in November.

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Stay organized with the ultimate desert packing list.  Your complete look at what you need to bring for your next Moab adventure. From camping to hiking, I’ve got you covered.

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People rock climbing up a mountain in Moab in November.

Stay organized with the ultimate desert packing list.  Your complete look at what you need to bring for your next Moab adventure. From camping to hiking, I’ve got you covered.

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