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

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Lisa Church

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.

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