Best Things To Do in Moab, Utah

Are you looking for what to do in Moab?

Moab is all about the outdoors. Literally the only time you spend indoors is either in your hotel or at an art gallery. Even if a tourist isn't into driving 4X4 all terrain vehicles, white water rafting in the Colorado River, mountain biking across incredible trails over slick rock, rock climbing a cliff, or BASE jumping they could just hike.

The lands around Moab were part of an ancient continent where dinosaurs once roamed. For millions of years after the dinosaurs had passed, the ocean submerged the continent, layering up stone. Then the land rose again, exposing its new formed treasures, all of red sandstone.

The ethereal Arches National park is the largest natural forming collection of arches in the world. The Canyon lands National Park is an immense expanse of trails, canyons, gorges and jaw-dropping lookouts. The entire land around is crisscrossed with trails for all terrain vehicles and mountain biking enthusiasts alike, delivering the best in adventure sports. Visit the Red Lodge for a small movie memorabilia museum and the winery next door for a tasting room with an unbeatable view of the sunset. Find spots on the cliff walls where ancient tribes left huge rock art. 

Below we have a list of things to do in Moab and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Moab getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Moab with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Moab

Here is the list of things to do in Moab and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Canyonlands National Park

    4.8 (227 Votes)
    Canyonlands National Park

    Outdoors, National Park

    This park is HUGE. So huge that it has four separate districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the Rivers District (the Green and Colorado). Each one of these is worth spending a whole weekend at. The park was carved into existence by the Green and Colorado Rivers. It is miles upon square miles of deep canyons, high mesas, towering pinnacles soaring about plateaus and sheer v...Read more
  2. Negro Bill Canyon Trail

    Hiking Trail

    William Granstaff was a black rancher who worked his cattle in this canyon, a pretty length of red sandstone cliffs that shield a small stream from the dry desert outside. It's about a four mile hike, round trip, heading away from the Colorado river, culminating in a beautiful Morning Glory arch formation, the sixth longest natural rock span in the country On a hot day, few things are as satisf...Read more
  3. Potash Scenic Byway

    Outdoors, Nature

    This 17 mile drive is famous for the ancient Native American rock art, dinosaur tracks, views of the Colorado River, and rock-climbing. The best time to begin the drive is about an hour before sunset, so you can see the sunlight blaze on the high cliff walls. The drive passes below Dead Horse Point, southwest of Moab. Not everyone drives, though, the road is very popular with cyclists. Some of ...Read more
  4. Hole N'' The Rock

    4.3 (213 Votes)
    Hole N'' The Rock

    Outdoors, Nature

    There is a lot going in this unusual attraction. The hole is basically a 5000 square foot home-cave inside a huge sandstone rock. Once upon a time, it was a fortunate place for the unwealthy Christensen family to sleep in. Over 20 years Albert and Gladys Christensen built it into a place worthy of a millionaire, with 14 rooms, a 65' chimney and deep rock bathtub… all if it built around h...Read more
  5. Gemini Bridges Trail

    4.8 (291 Votes)
    Gemini Bridges Trail

    Outdoors, Trail, Biking Trail, Nature

    Gemini; Twin bridges. Get it? At the end of this mountain bike/motorcycle/ATV trail is a curious sandstone formation. It is a deep hole in the canyon wall, and the two arches span over it. Stay away from the edge, and make sure your kids don't wander too close. Getting there isn't hard, but it is quite a long ride. Also, it ends about 500 feet higher than when you started at the trailhead, and ...Read more
  6. Moab Giants

    4.3 (113 Votes)
    Moab Giants

    Outdoors

    This attraction puts full scale models of dinosaurs’ right in the lands where dinosaurs once ruled the roost. The highlights are as follows: Dinosaur Trail: A half mile long trail with 100 reconstructions of dinosaurs and the tracks they made. Tracks Museum: An examination of dinosaur footprints using interactive exhibits, and explanation of the insight they provided to science. 3D Theat...Read more
  7. Moab Museum Of Film And Western Heritage

    Museum

    Once filmmakers discovered the beauty of the lands surrounding Moab, many iconic films were made here. A lot of the filming was done right here at Red Cliffs Lodge. This heritage museum pays homage to the days of John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Rock Hudson, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart. It houses memorabilia from that movie era and also from contemporary works. It's a small but beautifully ...Read more
  8. Moab Rock Shop

    4.6 (116 Votes)
    Moab Rock Shop

    Specialty Shop

    It's not complicated. Lin Ottinger had been digging up interesting stuff and this is where he sold them. His family took on his mantle. He's known as the Dinosaur Man for discovering four species of the ancient reptiles - Saurapods, Euoplocephalus, Utahraptor, and Iguanodon Ottingeri. It's quite an unexpected treasure of a place. Some of the items you can expect to find for sale include mineral...Read more
  9. Area B F E

    4.2 (96 Votes)
    Area B F E

    Outdoors, Camp, Entertainment

    It's not often that a recreation park is designed exclusively to cater to ATVs. In fact, this may be the only one. No complaints! It's terrific fun. The basic premise is simple - use your vehicle to navigate through difficult terrains, and occasionally camp down in a cute little playground. The trails are all named after punk bands for some reasons…. Except of one of the hardest trails -...Read more
  10. Tom Till Photography

    4.5 (81 Votes)
    Tom Till Photography

    Museum, Photo Gallery

    Tom Till's impressive 40+ year career in landscape photography has led to his title as "Lords of Landscape Photography". This gallery, in operation since around 1997, has become one of Moab's mandatory visits for tourists. Others stumble in here without any idea of what they are about to see. All leave utterly entranced by the magic of landscapes captured in images from all over the earth. Ther...Read more
  11. Arches National Park

    4.8 (752 Votes)
    Arches National Park

    National Park

    The park's name is literal. It is an otherworldly collection of natural sandstone arches, over 2000 of them. Other rock formations include fins, balanced rocks, and pinnacles, all formed through millions of years of geological events. In this surreal landscape live a great diversity of desert flora and fauna, including over 50 mammals, various cactii, 273 species of birds, ten kinds of lizards ...Read more
  12. Bret Edge Photography

    Photo Gallery, Workshop

    Inside this simple contemporary gallery hand some of the coolest landscape and adventure photographs you'll ever see. Bret owns this gallery with his wife. While you can visit the gallery anytime it is open, many come to avail Bret's photography workshops, which he offers for both private and group parties. Workshops actually take your around on a photography tour of Moab. However, if all you'r...Read more
  13. Ye Ol Geezer Meat Shop

    4.9 (50 Votes)
    Ye Ol Geezer Meat Shop

    Specialty Shop

    The managers of this shop decry the terrible state of the meat industry today, stuffed with hormones and antibiotics and additives. They firmly believe all meat, especially beef, ought to be pure. This shop has been here for 16 years now, and its doing great selling every imaginable meat - beef, fresh pork, chicken, seafood, deli meats and also cheeses! Definitely try out the many flavors of th...Read more
  14. Poison Spider Mesa Start

    Outdoors, Trail, Adventure, Nature

    Another biker trail! 4X4 can do it too, so long they have seriously high ground clearance, are powerful and can really manage all terrains; look up the specifications. The trail head starts from the Potash Road, close to the Dinosaur Tracks sign. Various detailed guides on how to handle each section of the trail can be found online. What you should otherwise know is that it is a serious challen...Read more
  15. Museum Of Moab

    4.4 (50 Votes)
    Museum Of Moab

    Museum, Natural History Museum

    Founded in 1950 to tell the story of Moab, its lands and their formation, the cultures of the many people from prehistoric to modern times who lived here, and the richness of its paleontological heritage, this museum might be one of the first attractions you want to visit. Its exhibits are arranged around the following themes: Geology: Learn the story of how the land of the dinosaurs beca...Read more