Lisa Church

Correspondent

  • Moab, Utah, USA

Lisa Church is a correspondent who lives in Moab, Utah, and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. She is a freelance writer and photographer and also the editor of The Times-Independent, which has served as Moab’s local newspaper for more than 100 years. With roots in the South and the Midwest, Church has made her home in Moab for the past 17 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Salt Lake Tribune, High Country News and Mother Jones.

  • On November 15, 2012
    Lisa Church answered the question: Lisa Church

    What is the best way to see Moab in one day?

    If you’re interested in seeing Moab, Utah, in just one day, the best way is by taking a tour of the town and then driving to one of the national parks. After breakfast, stop by the  Moab Information Center at Main and Center streets, where knowledgeable National Park Service personnel can offer information and advice about the parks and area. The center also offers free screenings of a short film that highlights the geology and unique features of the region.  Next, stroll down Moab’s Main Street to experience the town’s sights, sounds and local flavors and visit a variety of shops and restaurants.
     
    After lunch, hop in the car and head to the backcountry. It’s possible to see both Canyonlands and Arches national parks in one day by making short stops at the main features of each park. However, to really become immersed in the experience of the parks, it is recommended that visitors plan to spend at least one day in each area separately.
  • On November 15, 2012
    Lisa Church answered the question: Lisa Church

    What are the most popular outdoor adventure experiences in Moab?

    Visitors travel to Moab to enjoy a wide range of outdoor adventures. Hit the outdoors and try one of these experiences:
     
    1. Mountain biking. Since the 1980s, mountain bikers have flocked to the area to test their skills on the challenging terrain of the Slickrock Trail, the Porcupine Rim trail and the nearby La Sal Mountains. In recent years, local trail groups have worked with government officials to develop a system of non-motorized trails that will eventually connect Moab directly to many popular biking areas.
     
    2. Off-road driving. Off-road driving is also a popular activity for Moab visitors. The annual Easter Jeep Safari draws thousands of off-road enthusiasts for the event’s week of guided trail runs on more than 30 backcountry routes in the region. With trails ranging from minimal to extreme difficulty, the event gives drivers of all skill levels a chance to see the backcountry.
     
    3. Whitewater rafting. Moab is home to a number of river companies that offer trips on the Colorado and Green rivers. Book a half- or full-day trip, or take a multi-day river adventure for a longer stay in the wild.
     
    4. Backcountry vehicle tours. Several outfitters offer guided Hummer or Jeep tours that cross through a wide variety of terrain. Some outfitters also provide overnight or multi-day camping and vehicle combination tours.
     
    5. Hiking. Lace up your boots and hit Moab’s scenic backcountry on foot. The Arches and Canyonlands national parks feature many scenic hikes that take you past awe-inspiring sandstone formations. It’s even better at sunrise or sunset; just be sure to pack your camera.
  • On November 15, 2012
    Lisa Church answered the question: Lisa Church

    What are the best things to do with kids in Moab?

    While some of the outdoor experiences near Moab are best suited for adults, families with children will also find plenty to see and do. Here are the best things to do with kids in Moab:
     
    1. Rafting on the river. The Colorado River is one of the most storied in the U.S and its renowned for its rafting adventures. Most river outfitters in Moab offer river excursions suitable for adults and children.
     
    2. Become a Junior Ranger. Stop by the Visitors’ Center at Arches or Canyonlands national parks for a Junior Ranger booklet filled with fun activities to help kids learn about the parks. Kids who complete five or more exercises earn a Junior Ranger badge and certificate. “Explorer Packs” that include binoculars, a naturalist guide and an activity guide can also be borrowed from either park. Just be sure to return it at Arches or Canyonlands before heading home.
     
    3. Visit dinosaur tracks. The Copper Ridge sauropod dinosaur track way located about 23 miles north of Moab features the fossil tracks of a brontosaurus (now known as an apatosaurus) as well as those of carnivorous dinosaurs of varying sizes. 
     
    4. Go back in time. The Museum of Moab in the heart of downtown offers information and insight into the town’s pioneer and mining history, early inhabitants of the region and the geology of the region. A special display highlights the dinosaurs that once roamed the lands near Moab.
     
    5. Ride a bike. Moab offers bike trails that offer fun and a little bit of challenge too for cyclists of every age and experiences level. Despite the name, Intrepid Trail and Bar M Loop are perfect for kids and even parents pulling baby trailers.
  • On November 15, 2012
    Lisa Church answered the question: Lisa Church

    What are the best things to see and do in Moab?

    Many of the most memorable experiences in Moab, Utah, involve getting outdoors. While there are many activities to choose from, these are must-dos:
     
    1. Explore the national and state parks. Moab is home to parks with breathtaking views and striking geologic features including Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park Spend the day hiking along the many short or longer trails located within the parks.
     
    2. See ancient Indian rock art. Petroglyphs and pictographs painted by Fremont and Anasazi tribes can be found along the sandstone cliffs that border both sides of the Colorado River near Moab and in Sego Canyon near Thompson Springs, about 30 miles to the northeast.
     
    3. Go off road. To really have a full backcountry experience, we suggest you take a guided tour of trails and dirt roads with one the area’s several tour companies. Off-road enthusiasts flock to the area in late winter for the Easter Jeep Safari.
     
    4. Take a raft trip on the Colorado River. Float the “daily” stretch of the river on a half- or full-day outing, or, for the more adventurous in spirit, take a guided whitewater rafting trip through Westwater Canyon or Cataract Canyon, which both boast world-class rapids and stunning scenery.
     
    5. Hike at sunrise or sunset. Start the day with a sunrise hike to one of the many scenic vistas in Arches or Canyonlands, or close out the day with a sunset trek. In either case, be sure to bring your camera to capture the once-in-a-lifetime colors.