Moab has tons of options for outdoor enthusiasts, from white water rafting to epic mountain biking adventures. But it’s the impressive network of trails—all within an easy drive—that wind through breathtaking landscapes and impressive mountain passes that make this tiny Wild West town a destination for travelers who love to wander.
Corona Arch, located just north of Moab, is one of Red Rock Country’s most spectacular sites. Its iconic swoop of natural sandstone stretches toward a thrilling mountain pass that’s linked to plenty of technical trails. Corona Arch offers opportunities to scale smooth sky-high rock walls, repel from hundreds of feet and scramble up ladders and cables to reach awe-inspiring views.
Equally iconic and possibly even more beautiful, nearby Delicate Arch Trail is a favorite out and back among travelers. It stretches just over 1.5 miles over moderate terrain—and truly incredibly views of the Colorado plateau.
Though far from thrilling, the winding trails of Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail take travelers back in time some 150 million years and put them right up close with ancient remains of giant beasts from the Jurassic period. Well-preserved fossils of plants and animals as well as a now-defunct copper mill give the younger set plenty to explore in the great outdoors.
Fisher Towers, located 16 miles southwest of Moab, are among the most photographed mountains in all of Utah. The rigid summits of this vast range stretch high into the open sky and on clear days, the red rocks against bright blue make for images worth a trip just to capture. Challenging passes like Finer of Fate, Titan Tower and Stolen Chimney attract plenty of daredevils, but hikers say there’s family-friendly fun here, too.