Magnificent Moab

Magnificent Moab
Magnificent Moab Photo: © Chasing Light Media

Say the name “Moab” and what do you think of? Mountain biking, stunning arch formations, hiking, rock climbing, incredible views, rafting or how about a combination of them all?

Dead Horse Point, Moab, Utah
Dead Horse Point, Moab, Utah
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Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
Photo: Greg K. Hull © Chasing Light Media

Moab is one of those places where you reset to happy the minute you hit the city limits and, no matter how long you stay, it isn’t long enough.

Moab, Hiking Negro Bill Canyon Trail
Moab, Hiking Negro Bill Canyon Trail
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Even if you are just sipping beers on a patio, listening to the conversations around you recalling the adventures of the day, Moab puts you in a fabulous mood.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Getting to Moab

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Moab has a small airport, but the closest larger airports are in Grand Junction, Colorado, about 110 miles from Moab, or Salt Lake City. By car, Moab is 354 miles from Denver or 234 miles from Salt Lake City.

Moab on the map
Moab, Utah map

Things to do in Moab

Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
Corona Arch Trail, Moab, Utah
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Moab can be quite warm mid-day, so a good method to fit it all in is to go to two-a-days.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Maybe a morning hike, some lunch in town and then a late afternoon mountain bike ride. Or, perhaps, rafting in the morning and then some late day canyoneering?

Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
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Option 3 also works well: Get out there with a favorite morning activity, find a great patio for lunch with some cold beverages and then, read a book by the pool. The combinations are nearly endless, but always add up to fabulous.

Moab hiking

Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
Moab, Hiking the Corona Arch Trail
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With a wide variety of hiking options available near Moab ranging from short strolls to strenuous, long hikes, Moab is a hiking paradise, with all trails leading to amazing opportunities for viewing some of nature’s most beautiful wonders.

Seven great Moab day hikes within 30 minutes of Moab include Corona Arch Trail, Portal Overlook, Moab Rim, Negro Bill Canyon, Fisher Towers Trail, Hunter Canyon & Hidden Valley. All seven are dog-friendly and offer terrain ranging from sandy, shaded stream side trails to slickrock hikes amidst sandstone arches.

Remember to take plenty of water.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Moab biking

Moab has a wide variety of road rides and mountain bike trails for all levels of experience. A mountain biking mecca, Moab’s mountain bike trials range from beautiful canyon rides, to mesa rim trails, to the world-famous, highly technical, Slickrock Bike Trail.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Road biking in Moab is over paved roads with terrain that varies from rolling hills and steep sections to casual, scenic rides for enjoying the views.

Moab attractions

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Within 35 miles of Moab are Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and Canyonlands National Park.

Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191. Arches National Park  boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone, with over 2,000 arches & amazing rock formations within the park’s 76,518 acres.

Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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Canyonlands National Park, located 35 miles outside of Moab, is the largest national park in the state of Utah and has over 20 miles of paved roads winding through the Island in the Sky, the Needles, and the Maze.

As with all national parks, they can get very crowded and are not dog-friendly, so while they may not be a great place for a hike they can be a perfect place for an air-conditioned mid-day drive during the heat of the day.

Going Gonzo in Moab

Gonzo Inn, Moab, Utah
Gonzo Inn, Moab, Utah
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The Gonzo Inn is a cool, dog-friendly hotel just off Main Street in Moab. The Gonzo Inn describes itself as an “eclectic expression of southwest influences, retro 70’s and industrial era that is entertaining and tantalizing to the senses,” and that is pretty spot on.

Kibo at the Gonzo in Moab
Kibo at the Gonzo in Moab
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The one bedroom suite is large with a living room, dining room, kitchenette, large bedroom, bath and patio. Decorated with vibrant colors and outfitted with comfy bedding, the Gonzo is a perfect place to enjoy Moab down-time.

Gonzo Inn, Moab Utah
Gonzo Inn, Moab Utah
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Beautiful landscaping, a relaxing pool and hot tub, bicycle wash and repair station, and a complimentary continental breakfast round out a stay at the Gonzo Inn.

Poolside at the Gonzo in Moab
Poolside at the Gonzo in Moab
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Hotel/resort: The Gonzo Inn
Location: Moab, Utah
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Moab, Utah
Moab, Utah
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