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Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

1. Moab: Whitewater Rafting on the Colorado River

Take the trip of a lifetime down the Colorado River on a 6-person paddle raft through some of the most sublime scenery in the United States. Absorb the majesty of soaring red rock canyons as you splash through the water with an entertaining expert guide. Drive down scenic HWY 128 to the starting point of your adventure, and receive a comprehensive safety talk before rafting through exciting class II/III rapids at Fisher Towers. Soak in the stunning surroundings as you enjoy lunch on a beautiful beach next to the river, before taking another memorable rafting voyage through incredible red rock scenery.

Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

2. 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.

Moab: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Rappelling Tour

3. Moab: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Rappelling Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Moab, start the tour with a short 4x4 ride through rocky terrain towards the off-the-beaten-track Dad Gum Canyon. After a safety briefing from your expert guide, get geared up and begin your canyoneering experience. Hike and rock rappel into pools of water in this little slot canyon. Prepare to get wet as you find several small waterfalls and crystal clear pools. At the end of the adventure, an unforgettable 200-foot guided rappel awaits you. Once you hike out of the last bit of the canyon, make your way back to Moab where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

4. Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

Meet in Moab and hop aboard a comfortable shuttle van that will drive you along the scenic Colorado River to the Westwater Canyon boat launch. Take a moment to prepare while your guides ready the boats and provide a pre-launch safety talk. Then, it's time to get on the water.  Head down through the Colorado River's steep narrow gorge. Take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful canyon. Stop at midday to enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Then briefly explore the canyon on foot.  After lunch, the real fun begins. Navigate the thrilling section of Class III/IV rapids with unique names like Funnel Falls, Skull, and Sock It To Me. Then relax on calm waters as you near the end of your experience.

Moab: Arches Backcountry Helicopter Flight

5. Moab: Arches Backcountry Helicopter Flight

Start your day at Canyonlands Field Airport to check in for your private helicopter tour. After a safety briefing, you will board your helicopter and depart the airport for your amazing scenic tour. Shortly after departing the airport, arrive at the tall spires of Determination Towers and the expansive Gemini Bridges. Next, you will fly into the Behind the Rocks Wilderness where you will see the amazing fins and several more arches that you can only see from above. Next, head over the southern end of the Moab Valley to Castle Valley where you will view the amazing Castleton Tower. After you catch your breath, your pilot will then fly over extensive 4x4 trails where you will see jeeps galore and the Colorado River canyon. Finally, you will head back to the airport, spotting the massive Corona Arch, Jeep Arch, and Uranium Arch before you arrive back at the airport.

Moab: Colorado River 3.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

6. Moab: Colorado River 3.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Admire Moab's impressive natural attractions from a unique perspective on this 3.5-hour family-friendly, flatwater paddleboard trip down the Colorado River. You do not need to worry about any rapids. Glide past impressive sandstone cliffs and marvel at the stunning scenery while your knowledgeable guide fills you in with information about the area. The entire trip borders Arches National Park as you float, paddle, and swim downstream.

Moab: Full-Day Colorado Rafting Tour

7. Moab: Full-Day Colorado Rafting Tour

Start your tour heading up scenic byway 128. Your guide will give you information and show you different rock formations along the way. Admire the views of the high canyon walls and the La Sal mountains off in the distance.  After a safety briefing, begin your adventure while admiring the views and enjoying the ride through the rapids. Your guide will give you more information on the areas you pass along the river and the names given to each rapid.  Once you get to Rocky Rapids, your guide will get lunch ready and after lunch you can continue down the Colorado river through a few more rapids and make your way into the canyon. Take in the last few miles inside the canyon walls before making your way back to Moab.

Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour

8. Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour

Discover Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks on a self-guided, self-driving tour. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy countless panoramic views of stunning scenary. Begin at the Springdale Visitor Center. As you drive, you’ll hear the history of the park, how it got its unusual name, then stop by a vista from which the impressive Altar of Sacrifice, Sundial, and West Temple are all clearly visible. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. After that, drive past the towering Sentinel and hear how a tremendous earthquake totally transformed this mountain. At the next viewpoint, you’ll see the Patriarchs, a trio of mountains so gorgeous that people used to think pictures of them just had to be fake. Continue past sparkling waterfalls with emerald pools at their base. Then you’ll see Angel’s Landing, a precarious, death-defying hike famous both for its staggering views and for the danger involved in getting to them. Up next is Weeping Rock, a cliff face that constantly “weeps” and gives life to a little oasis at its base. Then it’s on to The Narrows, a one-of-a-kind river hike that’s perfect for photo ops. Travel along the Riverwalk and hear about the ancient petroglyphs left behind by the people who once called this area home. When you head next through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, you’ll get the full story of the conflict between the Mormons and the Paiute tribe. After you pass the totally strange Checkerboard Mesa, you’ll arrive at the East Entrance Ranger Station, where your tour will conclude. Your journey through Bryce Canyon begins at the park’s entrance and continues on to Fairyland Point, a lovely overlook offering your first glimpse at the kind of beauty that’s in store. Next, pause at Sunrise Point and get your first look at the mysterious hoodoos which make this park famous. After that, of course, is Sunset Point, the perfect sister to Sunrise Point. As you continue on toward Inspiration Point, you’ll uncover how this astonishing landscape formed in the first place. Then revisit the story of the first Mormon pioneers who arrived here and declared this place their new home. After that, you’ll visit Swamp Canyon Overlook, which hides some seriously stunning views behind its modest name. Get the facts about the connection Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have with this park before visiting a natural arch. Then it’s on to a couple of canyons guaranteed to take your breath away with their sweeping views and lush interiors, plus a mythical tale of malevolent water spirits which the Paiute once believed occupied these rivers. The final landmark on the tour is the beautiful Rainbow Point.

Moab: Splish and Splash Paddleboading on Colorado River

9. Moab: Splish and Splash Paddleboading on Colorado River

Step aboard for a unique experience paddleboard trip down the Colorado River with your family and friends. With a small guide to guest ratio, it’s like a personal guide showing you all the tips and tricks for running rivers. Encounter four sets of waves and a bunch of fun river feature to play on. Soak in the spectacular natural beauty as you paddle down the river. The entire trip is challenging and fun-filled for beginners as well as seasoned paddlers.

From Moab: Half-Day Canyoneering Adventure in Entrajo Canyon

10. From Moab: Half-Day Canyoneering Adventure in Entrajo Canyon

Explore the rugged terrain of the desert southwest on an incredible canyoneering experience in the Entrajo Canyon. Learn everything you need to know to safely navigate the canyon's obstacles with your private, experienced guide, and satisfy your sense of adventure, even if you're a beginner. After meeting your guide in Moab, head toward the 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) loop hike in Entrajo Canyon. Start at the bottom and hike and climb up to the top of the canyon. At the summit, admire amazing views of the La Sal Mountains and the red rock canyon below. From there, learn a number of canyoneering techniques that you'll use to make your way down through the canyon, always safely backed up on rappel. Then downclimb, rappel, shimmy, and chimney (back to one wall, feet to the other) through a gorgeous red rock canyon that has been carved by water over hundreds of thousands of years. Most of the time, there are pools of water that you must walk, wade, and sometimes swim through, making this a very enjoyable outing in the heat of the summer. Finish the tour with a 90-foot (27.4-meter) rappel to exit the canyon before making your way back to Moab.

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What people are saying about Moab

We had a wonderful experience in our 30-minute helicopter tour over Canyonlands. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Jon, our pilot, was very knowledgeable about the area, an excellent pilot, and friendly. I would highly recommend this experience when visiting Moab. This was a first helicopter ride for my husband and I. Our tour happened to take place on my birthday, due to reschedule because of extreme heat the day before, so the staff made it extra special with some non-alcoholic champagne before our flight - they really went the extra mile to make our experience unforgettable.

Absolutely incredible experience! Bevin was an amazing guide and made everyone feel welcomed and comfortable since for most of us it was our first time paddle boarding. Would absolutely recommend! The views are breathtaking, pictures don’t even do it justice.

Took my 11-year-old and he loved it. It was his first time flying and Jon did a great job flying and explaining the features around Moab and the parks. If you've only flown on planes, helicopters are completely different and a great way to experience Utah.

Guides were fun and informative, lunch was very good-big sandwiches, chips and cookies with a drink! Rafting was awesome with a few entertaining rapids. We got to swim the rapids which was great! Highly recommended!

Relaxing paddle down flat water. Lindsey, our guide, was super friendly and knowledgeable.