Moab: Basecamp for Arches & Canyonlands

Moab: Basecamp for Arches & Canyonlands

By Jake Wilhelmsen
February 16, 2016

Hike, bike, sleep & eat your way through Southeastern Utah

You can't go to Arches or Canyonlands National Parks without going to Moab. The town sits between the two and feeds, shelters and entertains the dusty masses that make pilgrimages to the Holey Land every spring and fall.

These parks give access to Utah's iconic Delicate Arch, the White Rim Trail and many other impressive feats of erosion, and Moab makes it all possible. It’s where you find river outfitters for your whitewater adventure and pizza for your post-hike cravings. It’s a little town (pop. 5,000) that caters perfectly to the crowds of devoted visitors who talk about the area in hushed tones. Lots of rental and outdoor retailer options, good food, fun shopping and the red dust gives everything a nostalgic warmth.

10 ways to experience Moab

1. Arches

Delicate Arch

2. Canyonlands

Canyonlands National Park Christian Peay

3.Mountain Bike Slickrock

Slickrock Trail

4. See petroglyphs

5. Whitewater rafting

Western River Expeditions

6. Delicate Arch

7. Dead Horse Point

8. Poison Spider Mesa 4x4 Trail

9. Potash Scenic Byway

10. Moab Giants


Sunflower Hill Inn

Everything from luxury ranches to crash-pad motels to grab some Z’s between rides, Moab can accommodate you. Find a room that suits your needs, and never underestimate the restorative power of a hotel pool.

Our Recommendations:

Big Horn Lodge

Sunflower Hill Inn

Red Cliffs Lodge

Get Outfitted

Rent 4x4s:

Canyonlands Jeep Adventures & Rentals

Canyonlands Jeep Adventures

Highpoint Hummer Tours

Raft Tours:

Adrift Adventures

World Wide River Expeditions

Holiday River Expeditions

Adrift Adventures

Rent Bikes:

Moab Adventure Center

Escape Adventures

Good Eats

Zax Pizza

Go to Zax for pizza and conversation, Milt's for a divey burger, and Desert Bistro for something upscale. "The best chile verde in Utah" lives at Moab Diner -- smother the Sweetwater skillet to fuel a day of adventure. Great brewpub fare at Moab Brewery and The Blu Pig will meet your live music and BBQ needs.