Legendary Outdoor Recreation in Moab
Moab, Utah is one of the greatest places in the United States for outdoor recreation. There are national parks nearby, the Colorado River flows through town, and the mountain biking is legendary.
Moab has hundreds of miles of trails that suit cyclists of all skill levels. The Slickrock Trail is perhaps the most famous mountain biking trail in the area. Formed from a series of petrified sand dunes this trail is a 13 mile long roller coaster ride. Several area outfitters can set you up with everything you need or you can bring your own bike.
Two National Parks are within a short drive of Moab. Arches National Park is located just outside the city limits and Canyonlands National Park is about 45 minutes away. Both parks are filled with incredible rock formations, sculpted by centuries of wind and water erosion. At Arches NP you can take a guided hike through the Fiery Furnace. This three hour hike travels through a maze of irregular and broken sandstone, along narrow ledges and loose, sometimes wet, sand. Parts of the hike squeeze through very narrow rock passages. It is recommended that hikers carry a least a liter of water and wear hiking shoes or boots.
Because of Moab’s desert southwest setting the weather is good for outdoor recreation year round. There is snow in the higher elevations during the winter, but daytime temperatures in Moab seldom get below 40 degrees. Summer can actually be quite hot. The average temperature in July is 98 degrees, making spring and fall a great time to visit.