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Old 08-30-2014, 06:04 PM   #1
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Moab, Ut - hiking and adventure recommendations please

We are headed to Moab in a couple of days. I would love to hear any hiking, scenic drive and adventure suggestions. We are... ahem.. older, but not physically restricted. We like to hike, but nothing super strenuous. We hiked Mt. Cutler in Colorado and that's about as difficult a climb we can handle.

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Old 08-30-2014, 06:20 PM   #2
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Love Moab, especially Arches National Park! We've hiked about all of the trails in the park - none very strenuous (I'll be 70 next year), except for the hike up to Delicate Arch - and SO worth the hike! That's the arch you see on the UT license plate. If you can't make that hike (there's a bit of a climb, but an easy, well marked trail), then there's another trail south of there that will give you at least a decent view. Stop at the Park visitor center to get all the details of the trails.

There are also lots of very easy trails just out of town that take you to the petroglyphs/pictographs near town. First, head north, cross the river, take a left, and you'll see huge amounts of petroglyphs along the river - fantastic things to see!

Stop at the Moab visitor center in the middle of town and ask them to tell you how to get to the dinosaur bones secret spot to the north of town. Not marked, easy to get to, and so much fun to see. Easy hike, after crossing the railroad tracks on the west of the main road, then a few miles of driving on a gravel/dirt road.

We recommend the Moab Brewery - great food, as well as a nice spot to kick back after a day of hiking.

http://www.themoabbrewery.com/

There's so much to do in Moab - we can't wait to go back...enjoy!
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We're addicted to Moab! Moab Brewery is great and so is Zaks! Been there half dozen times and there's still more to see.

We're in our mid 50's and sometimes get over our heads on the hikes...the ones I've listed are moderate 1 to 4 hr hikes(except Chesler). Favorite hikes...Delicate, Dark Angel and Park Avenue in Arches. Others near town we love are Corona Arch, Negro Bills and Fisher Towers. If you have a 4 wheel drive, Onion Creek is a nice scenic road near Fisher Towers. Other must sees...Dead Horse Point and Islands in the Sky(Canyonlands) and a nice scenic and cooler road trip is to drive the LaSal mountain loop. If you get south of town the Needles district has Chesler Park/the Joint Trail. Whatever you do, carry lots of water and have fun!
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You can also do the float trip down the Colorado and we also rented ATV's for a ride through the BLM land right across from Arches.
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Arches Nat'l Park will give you a full range of hikes. If you do Delicate Arch, try to do it late in the day as it will be much cooler at this time of year. In the past there has been a ranger-led moonlight hike to Delicate Arch. Also, call now to get a reservation for the ranger-led Fiery Furnace hike in Arches. It's awesome!! We're in our 70's, too.

Take the evening boat trip down the Colorado River - very smooth-going and lovely in the evening. Rent a Jeep or take a Jeep tour - that's what Moab is all about - great trails.

For something 'cool' as in temperatures, take a drive up to the LaSal Mountain area.

Naturally, drive to Canyonlands for amazing scenic views along with driving along the Colorado River.

Have a great trip...it's one of our favorites.
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This was fun: 4x4 Sunset Hummer® Safari at Moab Adventure Center

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Old 08-31-2014, 10:53 AM   #7
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Making a list and checking it twice... :sly:
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Old 08-31-2014, 08:10 PM   #8
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Moab is my Favorite Vacation town. This is from someone who has been to 45 states.
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Another vote for hiking in arches. Don't miss Landscape arch; and the hike to Delicate Arch, while strenuous, is absolutely gorgeous right before sunset.

Canyonlands also offers interesting hiking as well as scenic drives. However, many of the drives are on unpaved roads and require 4WD. You can rent a Jeep in Moab if you don't have 4WD.
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Arches, Canyonlands, and Dead horse all get my vote too. Jim
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Been here for a day and a half and enjoying the area so far!
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If you guys want a great hike at Arches sign up for the Fiery Furnace hike. You have to sign up at the visitors center and its something like $10 a person. You can't hike Fiery Furnace without a ranger unless you know the trail. It's not hot, like the name implies, and a fantastic hike through a maze of fins and towers. Definitely a "do not miss" when in Moab.

Also, in Canyonlands - Islands in the Sky section, hike out to Grand View Point. Another stellar hike with stellar views and a not to be missed trail.
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We have very much enjoyed the Moab area. Learned my lesson yesterday about wearing a hat in the strong sun - should know better

Still have a couple of days here to fill
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I've bookmarked this page so I can find it easily. We've been to Moab once for a 5 day river trip. We loved it and have been looking forward to heading back there once we fulltime.
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