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GITiger66
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Moab - things to do

Gonna be in Southwest Colorado next month and thinking about adding 2-3 days to the trip to see Arches/Canyonlands Moab area. The drive looks to be pretty close 3-4 hours and i am thinking ti would be worth it if we are already out there. Traveling with wife and 2 kids. Thoughts ?


Hat Tricks
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re: Moab - things to do
Went to both parks last summer and they were both amazing to see. Do it.


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Slingscode
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re: Moab - things to do
1. Delicate Arch --> A bit of a hike, but well worth it. Get there for sunset.
2. Dead Horse Point and Green River --> Great photo ops.
3. Mesa Arch --? Another great photo op. Get there for the sunrise. Expect it to be crowded.


KwoodTiger
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We were just there in early May. It was EXTREMELY crowded. For perspective, Arches would open the gates at 8am and then shut down the entrance at 10am because the park was at capacity. Also. on Thursday-Sunday, it would take 1.5 hrs to drive across town.

Suggestions:
1-Go Monday thru Wednesday if possible
2-Get to parks before 8am and get in line
3-Try further away parks that require some effort to get there (ie Canyonlands)
4-Visit some of the many things in the area that aren’t part of the national park system but are equally awesome (Fisher Towers, Corona Arch, etc)
This post was edited on 6/16 at 7:05 am


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hogfly
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re: Moab - things to do
Be aware that there is a significant fire in the area currently. We were headed out next week to ride the Whole Enchilada mountain bike route, and it’s closed due to the fire.


craazyjose
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re: Moab - things to do
Thanks Guys. Looking at accommodations today and will report back. Any specific recommendations for must see/do things in Canyonlands or Arches?


Globetrotter747
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re: Moab - things to do
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1. Delicate Arch --> A bit of a hike, but well worth it. Get there for sunset.

The crowds would probably be better in the morning, of course, but the Sun hits the side of the arch you will be facing in the late afternoon to evening.


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ccard257
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re: Moab - things to do
We were there in December so we did not have quite the crowds that others are describing. We had such a good time that we stayed longer than we originally planned. I have heard that if you don't get in to arches early you can also go back in the evening after many people have left. How old are your kids?


Slingscode
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If you are into off road motoring; there are several companies there that will either take you on a ride or rent you a vehicle.

I've never done it myself; but it looks like a good time.


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craazyjose
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Kids are 7 & 11, so we would have no problem heading to arches in the evening if that helps to avoid crowds. Trying to figure out logistics of adding it to the trip now. Please keep the suggestions coming.



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We are heading out to Colorado then Moab then Zion in about 10 days.

I will be hauling a quad and side by side just for the heck of it.


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I’ll be out there as well soon
aspen>Moab starting 7/3


Redfish2010
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We’ll be there at the same time. Telluride. Moab and then not sure


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LSUfan20005
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Seriously recommend NAVTEC expeditions for an off road tour in Arches. We started around 7am in an old Landcruiser, and I couldn’t believe the roads he took us on. Entered the park via BLM land, never even saw the main entrance. Took us to cool spots with maybe a dozen people since it’s off-road.

We went back the next day at 7pm and stayed till midnight watching the stars in the main park. Minimal crowds.


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ccard257
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re: Moab - things to do
That's a great age for some rock climbing. There is tons of great easy climbing that is not in the parks. We are DIY in that department, but I'm sure someone here has used a guide they can recommend for a morning outing.


craazyjose
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re: Moab - things to do
Any recs on places to stay near Moab? Looking at the Moab Springs Ranch or possibly an AirBNB


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HippieTiger
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re: Moab - things to do
gonna be hotter than the devil's dick out there, baws. make sure to be a hydro homie

Dead Horse Point State Park is worth checking out and slightly less trafficked overall. Goblin Valley State Park is dope and even less trafficked. Go to Milt's and get a burger and shake


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HippieTiger
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quote:

That's a great age for some rock climbing

there is some 5.easy slab at Wall Street climbing area a few minutes from town. Bar M area, among many others, has great mountain biking trails from beginner to advanced


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Locoguan0
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re: Moab - things to do
Be ready for 100+ degree heat. Get to Arches at like 5 am and do a sunrise hike. Bail before 10 to avoid the crowds. Canyonlands is a very wild and rugged park. Make sure you have the experience to deal with that kind of area before going. Get a 5L collapsible water container and keep it in your car. Arches only has two water stations in the entire park and you want water for you and your car (just in case).


craazyjose
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re: Moab - things to do
Any recs for places to stay in the Moab Area?



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