Family Adventure in Moab, Utah
The closest feeling you can have to what it must be like on Mars is going to Moab. The scenery is just amazing, and there are tons of fun activities for families. For the active family, the hiking is incredible, especially around sunrise and sunset. Moab feels very remote, so you can really disconnect completely.
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Where to stay
Sorrel River Ranch Resort
A destination in and of itself, Sorrel River has amazing views, its own farm, horseback riding and more.
Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton
Offering views of Moab’s red rocks, Hoodoo is 10 minutes from Arches National Park, and the interior design pays homage to the surrounding Western landscape.
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Things to do
Moab is meant for adventures, and you can bring your kids along for the fun. Go canyoneering in Medieval Chamber with Desert Highlights where you can rappel down waterfalls of about 100 feet. It’s quite amazing to go down these huge canyons and end up in flowing water. The hike itself is beautiful; you walk along the stream over rock formations that are quite slippery. Be sure to wear water shoes with rubber soles.
Continue your water-centric adventure by going river rafting on a half-day trip with mild2wild on the Colorado River. One of the amazing things about river rafting is you get a real sense of the geography. You can see petrified trees in rock formations from millions of years ago. The kids can jump into the water from the river, which is always super fun. On some rafting trips, you can see ancient petroglyphs on rock formations.
If you prefer adrenaline-seeking on land, go rock climbing with Moab Cliffs and Canyons. Another option is a UTV tour on Onion Creek where you will be fully suited up and protected with a helmet. You’ll go over huge rocks and boulders and through streams and a part of the desert.
Catch the sunrise at Arches National Park before it gets very crowded – the early bird gets the worm. As you watch the sunrise, it’s hard to not reflect on how insignificant we are as the world continues turning round and round. There are few other sunrises that are better than Moab. If you have a four-by-four in Arches, go looking for dinosaur bones and fossils after sunrise.
Pick up natural souvenirs at the Moab Rock Shop on the edge of town. They have bins and bins of different types of rocks, fossils and teeth.
A note from Gaya
The thing with Moab is that there are so many trails, and it's pretty easy to get lost in trying to figure out where the trails are. Go with a guide, you’ll get a headstart early in the day as they know the backroads and how to avoid long lines to get into National Parks. Guides can take you to less crowded spots where you can view amazing sunrises alone in nature and capture incredible family pictures.
Places to eat & drink
Snake Oil Coffee Company: A food truck coffee shop that opens early and makes delicious coffee.
Jailhouse Cafe: The quintessential spot for a classic American breakfast in Moab.
Doughbird: Delicious donut place with freshly fried donuts paired with fried chicken.
Thai Bella: This Thai restaurant is very famous in Moab – all the locals talk about it. Order the spring rolls and red curry.
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