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Moab: Colorado River Dinner Cruise with Music and Light Show

1. 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.

From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

2. From Moab: Colorado River Half-Day Rafting Trip

Enjoy a guided rafting tour for all ages and levels of experience along the Colorado River. Depart from Moab and spend half the day navigating Class 1 or 2 rapids surrounded by impressive rock formations. Get picked up in Moab and meet your professional guide. Get outfitted with the necessary rafting gear and listen to your guide's safety instructions. Then embark on a wild adventure along the Fisher Towers and Professor Valley part of the river. The trip is about 7 miles and you're sure to get in some splashy rapids. Select the option including lunch to enjoy a buffet-style meal during your tour. At the end of the trip, the shuttle will take you back to Moab.

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

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

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.

Moab: 1-Hour Colorado River Speed Boat Tour

4. 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.

Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

5. Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

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

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

Climb aboard a Kawasaki UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) for an adrenaline thrill on the Hell’s Revenge Trail of Moab. Drive a specialized 4WD vehicle, with the confidence of knowing you are following a professional guide. Hell's Revenge is like a slow moving roller coaster; except it’s on slickrock! Drive across petrified mountains of rock that look like sand dunes. Although known as “slickrock,” it's actually gritty like sand paper; and unlike anything else you’ve experienced before. Along the way, stop for panoramic views from the Colorado River Overlook, and see authentic dinosaur tracks. Travel in convoys of no more than 5 vehicles for a more intimate and personal experience. Anyone over the age of 21 can drive one of the buggies if they have a valid drivers license, and are comfortable driving on terrain with steep slopes and cliffs. Each vehicle can accommodate up to 4 people.

Moab: Colorado River and Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Tour

7. Moab: Colorado River and Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Tour

Enjoy the best of the Colorado River and Fisher Towers on this half-day rafting tour. Join the morning participants and spend the afternoon with other rafters as you cruise down Utah's most exciting river. Begin from Moab, Utah, and then head toward the river with your guide. Take a drive to either Onion Creek or Rocky Rapid and launch into the water. Briefly review safety procedures and go over the necessary rafting skills. Now it’s time to hit the water! Head down the river and take in views of the majestic Fisher Towers before hearing the unmistakable sound of whitewater ahead. Raft through rapids and experience plenty of additional splashes before heading back to Moab.

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

8. 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. 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. In the afternoon, 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: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

9. Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

This scenic tour explores the Wild West scenery of the Colorado River and historic Kane Creek. Hear about the geology, history, and ancient civilizations of the area from your experienced guide. Meet for this scenic 4x4 off-roading tour at the Moab Tourism Center. Once you check in, listen to a short safety briefing from your guide, so you feel prepared and ready to go. You will be provided with a 4x4 vehicle called a UTV. These machines with four seats are automatic and easy to navigate. Hop behind the wheel and drive towards the Hurrah Pass Trail, which is just 15 minutes away. Go on a scenic off-road tour following your guide’s instructions. Stop at the thousand-year-old Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan Petroglyphs to take in their detail and history. See rocks from different time periods in history as you make your way along steep dirt tracks. Finally, arrive at the Hurrah Pass Overlook, located near Canyonlands National Park, and admire the incredible views. Your tour ends with a ride back to the Moab Tourism Center.

From Moab: Arches National Park 4x4 Drive and Hiking Tour

10. From Moab: Arches National Park 4x4 Drive and Hiking Tour

After pickup in Moab, start your full-day tour of the Arches National Park with a moderate hike. Walk among the stunning arches and admire the incredible red rock landscape. Learn about the park as your guide shares their knowledge of geology and explains the history of the area. At the end of your hike, stop and refuel with a buffet-style picnic lunch before heading out into the backcountry where your 4x4 adventure begins. Navigate the rugged jeep trails leading to remote arches that few get to experience, and take in the vast panoramic views that the backcountry has to offer. 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. To end your trip, stop off to check out some ancient dinosaur tracks embedded in stone and exit the park via an old cowboy trail, then make your way back to Moab.

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What people are saying about Moab

Eli was our van driver and was very polite and helpful. Paul was our river guide. He was very informative and made the trip really fun! Weather was great! All in all a great fun day on the River!

The food was great. Really enjoyed the boat ride. The effects of light and shadow made the canyon look so different from daylight viewing.

Our tour guide Ben was great and helpful specially with people without experience in off road driving.

It was excellent. The food was great and my daughter loved every minute. The light show was fantastic.

It was the best excursion! Lots of smiles and laughter and such beautiful scenery.