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Cities That Rock: Moab, Utah

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Outdoor Activities In Moab, Utah

Mountain bikers are well aware of the epic thrills tucked into the mountains of the Southwest. Though Moab, Utah is widely known in the outdoor community, most people aren’t aware of it’s existence. But the ever-rising popularity of the surrounding National Parks has landed Moab on the map of must-see destinations in the etherial desert of Southeastern Utah.

Moab is the perfect base for an adventure to the National Parks that dot the eastern and southern portions of the state. Lately, an increasing amount of tourists have added Arches National Park to their must-see lists. It’s no wonder that people want to see the breathtaking geographical features up close and personal because there’s simply nothing else like them.

Tourists can choose to stay at commercial campgrounds that surround the city, or simply rent a hotel. The main strip, called Main Street, is walkable with restaurants and local shops on either side of the road.

Make your way into one of many mountain bike shops, such as Poison Spider Bicycles, to rent gear for a downhill adventure on the rocks. Ask the workers in the shop which trails they suggest you take, based on skill and proficiency.

It’s extremely important to only participate on trails where you feel confident, as Moab is a rural area with less-than-urban access to giant hospitals.

Also keep in mind that temperatures can reach over 100 degrees in the summer, so you must bring water with you. The best choice is finding a Camelbak-type backpack to store extra water.

But if mountain biking isn’t your thing, you’re in luck. As mentioned before, the National Parks that surround Moab are astonishing. Day trips from Main Street include Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Glenn Canyon National Recreation Area, and Lake Powell.

You could even take your trip one step further and make it all the way to the Grand Canyon!

The desert Southwest is a truly inspiring place and the cities that make up the region are just as impressive. Take a step back in time, climb some rocks, and enjoy the view!

Have you ever been to Moab? What’s your favorite thing to do there? Let us know in the comments!

Mandy Burkholder is a travel, adventure, and outdoor writer who honed her craft in the foothills of the La Plata Mountains of Southwest Colorado. After a stint in the Swiss Alps, she now resides in Tennessee. Follow her on twitter — @mandyburkhold3r