See the National Park & Things To Do in Moab, Utah
This national park features the greatest concentration of natural stone arches in the world. When you’re looking for Moab hotels near the Green River and all the most popular things to do in Moab, UT, we have several affordable and well-appointed options. To date, over 2,000 arches have been found and roads and trails in the park lead to many of them. The park is open year-round, and a 21 mile paved road leads visitors to major points of interest like the Window Section, Balanced Rock, Park Avenue and Wolfe Ranch. A graded dirt road goes to Klondike Bluffs. Just off the main road, many short trails lead to dramatic arches, including a 3-mile round trip to famed Delicate Arch, the arch on the Utah Centennial license plate. Ranger-guided hikes are conducted
through the Fiery Furnace section during the summer (fee required). Entrance fees are collected. The visitor center, located at the entrance to the park is open year-round. Located 25 miles south of I-70 just off U.S. 191 and 5 miles north of Moab.
Dead Horse Point State Park
Old-time cowboys using the point as a natural corral inadvertently left a band of horses trapped for so long they died of thirst on this almost isolated island-mesa. Dead Horse Point offers dramatic views of the La Sal Mountains, Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River 2,000 feet below. A visitor center museum is located in the park. Fees are charged.
National Park - Needles District
The scenic route into the Needles District and Newspaper Rock Recreation Site pass through beautiful Indian Creek Canyon where beautifully shaped and wonderfully colored rock formations highlight the area. Arches, Indian ruins, petroglyphs and beautiful canyon scenery are a few of the many attractions of the district. Paved access leads to many viewpoints. However 4-wheel drive is necessary for deeper exploration. Some of the more spectacular sites such as Angle Arch and Chesler Park can be reached by jeep or by foot on excellent hiking trails. A visitor station is located at the entrance to the park and a campground with piped water is located at Squaw Flat, a fee area. Some permits are required. Accessible 49 miles northwest of Monticello on Scenic Byway 211.
The town of Green River is situated at a prehistorically, as well as historically, important river crossing. Rock art easlily seen at Sego Canyon offers an example of man's early presence. Today's travelers stop in Green River to canoe, raft and fish on the Green river, ride bikes and visit the John Wesley Powell River History Museum. We have several hotels near the Green River. Population 734, Elevation: 4,100.
The Maze is the most inaccessible of the three park districts, requiring 4-wheel drive to explore its rugged interior. Horseshoe Canyon is accessible by 2-wheel drive and offers hikers an opportunity to view "The Great Gallery", one of the finest panels of Indian pictographs to be found. There is primitive camping with no water. Located 46 miles southwest of Green River off of State Highway 24.
in the Sky District
From the high broad mesas of the "Island", the canyons of the Green and Colorado Rivers are showcased from easily accessible viewpoints along a paved road. There are no services or water available on the Island, but the visitor center and primitive campground are open all year. An entrance fee is collected seasonally. Located 36 miles northwest of Moab via State Highway 313. Allow 3 hours longer for hiking.
Valley State Park
Imaginations run wild when viewing this valley's display of rock goblins, spooks and other creatures. Complete camping facilities. Fees collected. Located 1 hour southwest of Green River off of State Highway 24.
Many movies and commercials have featured the unique topography of this area. The Priest and the Nuns or Castle Rock formations can be seen from the road. Allow 3 hours - 18 miles NW - paved road.
Sheer walls of red sandstone contrast with the flowing waters of the Colorado River which runs adjacent to this Scenic Byway. The road connects US 191 with I-70, and features such attractions as Fisher Towers, which loom 1500 feet above the valley floor, and Dewey Bridge, a one-lane suspension bridge which was used until 1986. The bridge has been placed on the National Historic Register. Hittle bottom Homestead is located at a popular picnic and boat launch and was the turn-of-the-century home of a local mail carrier. Scenic Byway 128 begins 3 miles north of Moab and runs 44 miles to the junction with I-70 near Cisco. May be driven in conjunction with the La Sal Mtn. Loop Road.
Canyon Dinosaur Trail
This is an outdoor paleontological museum providing an opportunity to view dinosaur bones and fossils in situ along a short self-guiding trail. A short distance from the trail are the stabilized remains of the Halfway Stage Station which served as a rest area for the traveling public between Moab and the railroad at Thompson from 1883 to 1904, 13 miles North of Moab off US 191, 2 miles of dirt road to trailhead. Allow 1 hour.
40 mile scenic drive through the Manit-La Sal National Forest from Monticello to Blanding. Usually suitable for passenger cars. Ask locally about road conditions. Harts Draw Road west and north of Monticello provides an alternate route to Canyonlands National Park. Paved. 25 mi. to jct. with Hwy 211.
Dazzling red rock towers on the Colorado River B.L.M. picnic area and
hiking trail. Allow 3 hours - 24 miles NE - 1 mile graded road.
See petroglyphs along the roadside. This trip goes along the south side
of the Colorado River. Hurrah Pass, a fine overlook point, is about
15 miles from Moab via graded road. Road beyond is 4-wheel drive. Allow
3 hours - 1 mile W.
Hiking in Moab, Utah
In addition to the hiking trails within the National parks, trails exist
throughout the region that provide convenient access to some of the
area's lesser known backcountry and prehistoric Indian sites. For the
explorer, acres of relatively untouched wilderness await.
Biking in Moab
A recreational center for mountain bike enthusiasts, the area's range
of slick rock, dirt roads, and forested trails offers a multitude of
possibilities. Whether you are an amateur or a rider looking for a challenge,
the varied landscape of Utah's Canyonlands provides an experience of
Largely a legacy of mining activities, thousands of miles of 4-wheeling
trails exist in the Canyonlands area. A variety of scenery and a range
of challenging trails offer the opportunity for countless days of exploration.
With hundreds of established climbing routes, Utah's Canyonlands presents
new challenges to experienced rock climbers. The endless sandstone walls
have an abundance of demanding crack climbs. The scenery is fantastic
and the climbing areas are uncongested.
This area offers some of the finest whitewater in the country, including
the rapids of the Colorado River and the famous sand waves of the San
Juan River. In addition, the Green River offers 120 miles of continuous
flat water ideal for canoeing. Lake Powell provides fishing, boating
and water skiing. In all, Utah's Canyonlands is a water lovers paradise
offering a full range of activities from calm water jet boating to technical
A true horseback paradise, the area offers a variety of exploration
opportunities, with guided trips ranging from a few hours to several
days. Stable arrangements are available making a horseback adventure
easy and enjoyable for all.
Moab's beautiful golf course has expanded to 18 holes. The new fairways
spread to the base of rugged red cliffs in view of the La Sal Mountains.
The alpine setting of Monticello's well-established 9 hole course affords
dynamic views of the Blue Mountains. Relaxing and challenging, both
courses can be considered some of the finest in the state.
Sandstone spires, expansive vistas, spectacular sunsets and the glow
of aspen in the fall represent some of the many landscapes that attract
both amateur and world-renowned photographers to Utah's Canyonlands.