There is magic in the name Moab. The word conjures up dreams of sandstone landscapes dissected by canyons and lorded over by buttes and mesas. The town of Moab, Utah, nestled beside the Colorado River, casts a special spell on every visitor, enchanting them with the surrounding red rock landscape and a sense of limitless space. Spectacular scenery fills the Moab area, offering long views, a rainbow of colors, dazzling sunsets, and plenty to see and do. Visiting the surrounding national and state parks, and driving Moab’s scenic byways, are the best way to explore its wild country and see its sights. These scenic drives allow sightseers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, hikers, and river rafters to experience the best of Moab’s red rock playground.

Located just 5 miles north of Moab is Arches National Park, which contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Although over 2,000 arches are located within the park’s 76,518 acres, the park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations. Colossal sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, soaring pinnacles and spires dwarf visitors as they explore the park’s viewpoints and hiking trails.

Less than an hour’s drive from Moab will put you atop the mythical sounding Island in the Sky, a remarkable district of Canyonlands National Park with viewpoints that make visitors feel as if they are on top of the world. Views from these lofty viewpoints in Utah’s largest national park encompass thousands of square miles of rugged canyon country.

32 miles from Moab, Dead Horse Point State Park is one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks. The view from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the world. Towering 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, the overlook provides a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes.

Moab is famous for some of the most spectacular and challenging mountain bike rides on the planet, but Moab also has an expanding network of 111 trails that can accommodate bikers of any experience level. From beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops, to seasoned bikers looking for the ultimate challenge, Moab has it all.

Moab is the only major town in Utah that is located on the banks of the Colorado River. The area is known for its family oriented whitewater trips on the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River along with wilder single and multi-day trips available in Westwater and Cataract Canyons. Additionally, canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are the perfect way to explore the calm water segments of the Colorado.

While exploring the most unique scenery in the American Southwest, visitors can relax and experience the small town hospitality of Moab. Moab’s perfect climate has made it a magnet for year round outdoor events and festivals, and the downtown business district has responded with a great collection of restaurants, microbreweries, shops, and galleries.