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Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

Begin the evening on the banks of the Colorado River, just 2 miles north of Moab, Utah. Savor a delicious cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner in a dining room overlooking the water. After dinner, climb aboard a flat-bottomed boat and begin your river adventure. A knowledgeable and entertaining guide will point out things of interest and ignite your imagination. Once darkness settles in, the formal part of the evening begins when 40,000 watts of natural light illuminate the canyon wall. Watch as lights, shadows, music, and narration make the stories of the canyon's formation, creation, and history come to life on the walls above the river - as learned from the early settlers of the area (the Catholic conquistadors, Native Americans, and Mormon pioneers). This Sound and Light Show is a not-to-be-missed unique experience and a great end to a perfect day in Moab.

Moab: Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour

Moab: Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour

Enjoy the basic route of Hell’s Revenge to the Colorado River overlook where you will take in breathtaking views of the Colorado River, the Lasal Mountains, and off in the distance Arches National Park. The views all along the trail are spectacular. This safe, but thrilling adventure is great for all skill levels, from novice to expert. Meet your guide just outside of Moab. After safety instructions, load up and head right to the Hells Revenge Trailhead. Enjoy the thrill of the petrified sand dunes and beautiful scenery of red rock hills, and snow-capped mountains as you follow your guide. Every tour includes water and snacks, and is guaranteed to take your breath away! U-Drive tours are family friendly, with a minimum age of 3 years old. All drivers must be at least 18 years old and present a valid driver's license.

From Moab: Colorado River Guided Rafting Trip

From Moab: Colorado River Guided Rafting Trip

Experience a guided rafting tour suitable for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 and 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Start with pickup from your hotel in Moab and meet your professional rafting guide. Get set up with all the necessary rafting gear and listen to a short safety briefing before beginning your adventure. Then, set off along the Colorado River and discover the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley area, which features Class 1 and 2 rapids. Admire the wonderful views of the surrounding rock formations as your guide shares more information about local history and geology. If you select the 12:00 PM start time, enjoy a buffet-style meal during your adventure. At the end of the trip, relax on the return journey back to your accommodation in Moab.

Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

Moab: Hell's Revenge 4WD Off-Road Tour by Kawasaki UTV

Are you ready to experience the adventure of a lifetime? Look no further than the U-drive T-Rex Hell’s Revenge Moab Tour! You’ll be driving a 4x4 UTV, also known as a side by side, and experiencing the thrills of heart-pounding rides up and down steep inclines. Your experienced tour guide will lead you on a memorable journey, stopping along the way to provide knowledge and stories of the area. Safety is a top priority throughout the tour, and your guide will stay with you to assist you on the trail. Before embarking on your journey, you’ll meet as a group for a safety briefing. Then, you’ll be seated in your own 4x4 4-seater Kawasaki Teryx 4, also knows as a side by side. You’ll embark on an exhilarating journey, filled with steep inclines, challenging trails, and the narrow paths of Hell’s Revenge Trail. As you follow your experienced guide to the start of the tour, you’ll begin to see the dramatic backdrop of the red Navajo sandstone landscape. From there, you’ll navigate up the steep incline to the Devil’s Backbone, where you’ll then descend to the bottom of the narrow canyon named Lake Michigan, where water pools from rainfall. You’ll continue your tour, stopping briefly to view the fossilized dinosaur tracks near Lion’s Back before heading to Echo Canyon, also known as Abyss Canyon. Here, you’ll admire the views of towering sandstone cliffs above an oasis of cottonwood and willow trees. Continue the tour with breathtaking views of the Colorado River as you conclude the journey with unforgettable memories. This tour is perfect for anyone over the age of 21 with a valid driver’s license who is comfortable driving on terrain with steep slopes and cliffs. Each vehicle can accommodate up to 4 people. Get ready for an adventure you’ll never forget!

Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Begin your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape at the visitor center by the entrance to Arches National Park. As you set off on your journey, pass the towering formation of the Three Penguins and the geological Moab Fault, then pause at Park Avenue. Simply admire the formations, colors, and layers here or hike the trail into the park. Note: This 39+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Arches National Park in 3-5 hours. Next, check out the distant snow-capped La Sal Mountains, the iconic Three Gossips, and the towering series of formations from the Courthouse Towers to Sheep Rock. Continue deeper into the park, admiring the petrified dunes and desert scrub while learning about the native Ute and Paiute tribes. Hear about their mythologies, way of life, and eventual struggle against Spanish invaders and Mormon settlers. Your journey into Arches will then bring you to the famous Balanced Rock formation, followed quickly by the two most popular stops: the Windows Arches and Double Arch. Enjoy jumping out and exploring these geological marvels up close. After, make your way through Arches’ unique Cache Valley to Delicate Arch, the unrivaled highlight of this park. Check out the nearby historic Wolfe Ranch and tribal petroglyphs, and decide if you want to see the famous arch from a viewpoint or hike closer for greater detail. Your adventure continues through the unique Salt Valley of Arches to stunning formations like the Fiery Furnace, Sand Dune Arch, Arches Forest, Skyline Arch, and Tapestry Arch. These are all optional stops and hikes. Finally, make your way to the farthest point in the park: the Devil’s Garden. Here, hop out to visit the famous Landscape Arch as the crowning vista of a surreal landscape.

Moab: Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner

Moab: Colorado River Sunset Boat Tour with Optional Dinner

Watch the sun melt in the distance on a relaxing boat tour along the Colorado River from Moab. Savor an optional BBQ dinner on board and admire the breathtaking views of Utah from the water. The tour departs the flat waters of the Colorado River and chases the sun as it hides behind the canyon walls, painting the sky and surrounding scenery with a rich palette of colors. Relax on board the boat and marvel at the spectacular and unique views that are only visible from the water. Along the way, discover an old Indian granary, ancient petroglyphs, and fascinating arches that enrich the landscape with history. After a leisurely 1.5-hour cruise, your skillful guide turns the boat around for the return journey to the dock. Upon arrival at the private dock, enjoy an optional western-style Dutch oven dinner against the backdrop of the Colorado River. This cowboy-inspired dinner is cooked all day to create the authentic and rich dishes of BBQ beef, BBQ pork, BBQ chicken, cowpoke potatoes, sweet baked beans, homemade rolls, pasta salad, and much more. There's also an array of bottomless soft drinks and desserts to end the meal, as well as a selection of vegetarian-friendly options.

From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

Immerse yourself in the off-road trails of Arches National Park on this tour by 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy pickup in Moab, then a half-day adventure to encounter Tower Arch, the Marching Men, and other scenic natural formations. After pickup in Moab, your off-road 4x4 tour through Arches National Park starts near Doc Williams Point. Climb up a steep, short rock wall in your vehicle, then cut across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes. Pass the famous 92-foot wide Tower Arch and the Eye of the Whale Arch. See the Marching Men, a group of 7 towers lined up in one row.   Stop in a few great spots to take amazing photos, and enjoy a few short hikes throughout the tour. Learn about the formation of the red rocks, take in the fresh air, and enjoy the silence while admiring the scenic views. Exit via an old cowboy trail and see Dinosaur tracks on your way back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off back at your accommodation.

From Moab: Sky District Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Tour

From Moab: Sky District Canyonlands National Park 4x4 Tour

Discover the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park on a guided tour by 4x4 vehicle. Admire the wonderful scenery from the Goosneck overlook on the Colorado River, discover Native American rock art, and learn about the history and geology of the area. Start with pickup from your hotel in Moab. Head towards Canyonlands National Park, whilst meandering alongside the Colorado River. Stop outside the park boundary to discover some ancient Native American petroglyphs carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans. Learn about the geology, flora, fauna, and history of the area throughout the adventure with your expert guide. Continue to the jeep trail that leads up to the breathtaking Island in the Sky district. Along the way, enjoy some photo stops at natural landmarks such as Fossil Point and Musselman Arch. Enjoy the fantastic views of the Colorado River from Gooseneck Overlook and travel along a section of the White Rim trail. Wind up the switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail, and enjoy one last look out over the park before driving back to Moab.

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

Moab: 1-Hour Colorado River Speed Boat Tour

Moab: 1-Hour Colorado River Speed Boat Tour

Your adventure will start just 2 miles north of Moab, where you will meet your guide, listen to a safety briefing, and get set up with safety equipment. Then, get ready for lots of fun, as you glide through the wild Colorado River.  Speed up towards the Colorado River’s finest rapids for some fun splash downs. Enjoy plenty of spinning and splashing and don't forget to take in the breathtaking views of red rock cliffs around you. Your skilled captain will mix the moments of panoramic viewing with epic speed and turns. To make the tour even more fun, your guide will play loud music during the entirety of the trip.

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Insider tips: Planning a trip to Moab

Making your way out to Moab? The stunning scenery of Utah makes for the perfect outdoor adventure. To help you make the most of your trip, we've enlisted the help of the travel experts at Archaeology Travel. Read the tips below for your next visit.

What should I do on my first trip to Moab?

The most striking thing about Moab is the red rock landscape. The shapes and canyons really are something out of this world. At the top of my list of recommendations for any first time in Moab is to explore the two national parks on the town’s doorstep. Of course, there are so many ways you can do this. But for me, sunrise at Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park and sunset at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park take a lot to be beaten.

What are some hidden gems to see in Moab? 

The canyons and geological features are vast and striking, offering insight into the history and heritage of Moab. They also hold earlier signs of life on earth, as well as the signs of earlier humans in this part of the US. Often literally hidden amongst the rocks. At a number of places, you can see the fossilized tracks of up to 100 different kinds of dinosaurs that lived here around 66 million years ago. A little bit closer to us in time, some around 1,000 years old, are the petroglyphs and pictographs of the ancestors of Native Americans. Nothing beats seeing these sites in person.

How much time should I spend in Moab? 

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If seeking adventure and history in the great outdoors is your thing, then Moab is definitely the place for you. To get a feel for the area around Moab, four or five days is a good start. That is not to say you would not be able to see a lot in two days, or that you would be bored by day six. Exploring these landscapes takes time. Whether it is a day trip hiking to see the rock art in Horseshoe Canyon, or white water rafting on the Colorado River.

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What food is Moab known for?

Moab has a wide range of very good restaurants, serving food from all over the world. From Mediterranean-style cuisine to sushi, Thai to Italian. But the most common style of cooking is Southwestern, a mix of Native American, Hispanic and cattle-country Anglo. Grilled dishes are the order of the day, served with corn, beans, squash, and, of course, chilies.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Moab? 

Moab may be a small resort town, but it has a wonderful choice of accommodation styles to suit all budgets. Of course, there are some great hotels and B&Bs in the town itself. Even one, the Apache Motel, is on the national register of historical places. Surrounded by such stunning scenery, camping and glamping are very popular in the area. Or why not stay in luxury Western-style and choose a five-star ranch resort. This is the Southwest after all.

What is the best way to get around Moab? 

There is no public transport in Moab. Shuttle services will take visitors to certain points of interest in the national parks and surrounding areas. And of course, many activities include pick-ups from your accommodation. By far the best way to experience Moab is with your own car or a rental vehicle.

What are the best months to visit Moab? 

Both national parks are open all year round, but the most popular months in Moab are April to September. But everyone will agree the best time to visit Moab is in the spring. The cottonwood trees are getting their new shoots. The rocks are starting to get warm again. You can spend a day out without having to take into account extreme heat, or cold. And the crowds are still at work and school. Without a doubt, March to May.

What are the best neighborhoods for food? 

As popular a tourist destination as Moab is, the town is not huge. You will certainly experience the small town-friendly atmosphere. Whether you want to dine in style or eat outdoors most of the best restaurants are in the center of town. There are many restaurants worth considering that are away from the town center. But even they are within an easy walk from the main hub of the town.

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

As a popular tourist destination, you will not be at a loss to buy souvenirs and good quality gifts in Moab. Of course, there are the gift shops typical of the American southwest. But Moab prides itself on its local arts and crafts scene. If you're looking for something special, you will have a lot of choices, from beautifully handcrafted silver and turquoise jewelry to genuine fossil fish and dinosaur bones. Downtown Moab is where it is at!

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Jeff was an awesome driver and guide! Such a fun ride and you know you’re riding the best out there when everyone is looking at you and taking pictures! So Awesome!! Definitely doing it again!! Thanks! Best Family

Carter our guide was a blast. Fun and friendly! The UTV was great. Had a blast riding the ridges and speeding through the sandy turns. Highly recommend!

Superb!!!!! Great hosts, good dinner and the boat light show was fantastic!!! Would do again on a return trip.

The day with Charolette was the best!! Great adventure and highly recommend for others!

The van was great to ride in and the hosts were very knowledgeable and personalable