Utah is a state with a great reputation throughout the country, and indeed the world. As well as its cultural significance for the Church of the Latter Day Saints, it’s also known for its spectacular topography and beautiful mountain ranges that offer outstanding skiing with over 500 inches of snowfall per year. Not to mention the beautiful hikes that will appeal to those of all ages and ability levels. Indeed, we count Bryce Canyon National Park spanning Garfield and Kane Counties as one of the nation’s must-see destinations for lovers of the great outdoors.
Yet, while many may be drawn to the watersports haven that is Salt Lake City or the outstanding birdwatching of the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, our hearts will always belong to the (relatively) hidden gems of Moab. While the city’s attractions may be lesser known than those of Salt Lake City, Park City or Provo, there’s a lot to love about Moab. Especially for those who love spending time in the majestic splendor of nature.
For instance, you can…
Take a guided canyoneering trip
Utah is much-beloved for its deep and intricate canyons, and some of the best are to be found in and around Moab. And since the 2021 Canyoneering season begins in March, now is the perfect time to start planning. Take a look at some of these Moab canyoneering tours. These stunning water-formed canyons are an incredible sight to be hold and a must-visit for seasoned adventurers. However, despite their awe-inspiring appearance, there are trails that are perfectly accessible to newcomers, too!
Cycle the silk rock trail
If you and your mountain bike are inseparable, you won’t want to miss the astonishingly beautiful trails that most seasoned cyclists will have on their bucket lists. Again, the silk rock trail provides a challenge to veteran cyclists, but there are loops that are accessible for novices, too. The full Slickrock Trail is around 12 miles. However there’s a three-mile test loop, which includes a portion of the main trail for those who want the spectacular views but are either pushed for time or less confident in their abilities.
The Slickrock Trail offers a great workout, with lots of climbs that will get your thighs throbbing, as well as some enjoyably steep descents.
Hike to the famous Delicate Arch
Throughout Utah, there are a number of beautiful and unique rock formations that remind us that mother nature is the greatest and most ambitious architect of all. See some of her finest sculptures such as the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. If you don’t have the time or the energy for the 3 mile round trip, however, you can still get a decent view of the arch from the lookout area below.
See the best view in the state from Dead Horse Point State Park
Finally, if you can get past the ominous sounding name, a hike to Dead Horse Point offers arguably the most spectacular view in the state (bold words, we know!). You can see the shimmering Colorado River, stretched out 2,000 feet below. Not only is the view here outstanding, it’s also truly unique, with a good look at the Potash Road that runs along the edge of another cliff below. Movie fans will also want to get a look at “Thelma and Louise Point”, below and to their left.
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