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How to Spend 3 Days in Moab

How to Spend 3 Days in Moab

With three days in Moab, you’ll have plenty of time to see both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, enjoy a couple of outdoor adventures, and head out on a day trip to see even more of the Colorado Plateau. Here are some ideas for making the most out of your three-day trip to Moab. 

Day 1: National Park Highlights

On your first day, start by ticking off the major sights in the national parks: Start with an early-morning visit to Canyonlands National Park to catch the sunrise under the low-sloping frame of Mesa Arch. Next, take in the views of dizzyingly steep mesa drop-offs from the Shafer Canyon Overlook, and enjoy the views from Grand View Point and the Green River Overlook. If you’re feeling brave, you can even take a 4-wheel-drive vehicle down the Shafer Trail switchbacks. 

Next, head over to Arches National Park for a hike to Delicate Arch—a cherished symbol of the state of Utah. Other highlights include the massive towers in Park Avenue, the plethora of arches in the Devil’s Garden, and the curious Balanced Rock formation. If you’re looking for more adventure, you can also take the ranger-led tour of the Fiery Furnace. 

Day 2: Multi-Sport Tours

With endless trails, a raging river that runs right through the center of town, and an enthusiastic outdoor culture to boot, Moab has earned the nickname the Adventure Capital of the West. Dedicate your second day in Moab to outdoor adventures, and choose from a wide array of activities for all ability levels, including hiking, biking, climbing, and rafting. 

Biking enthusiasts can opt for small-group bike tours or a private mountain-biking lesson, both good ways of enjoying Moab’s famed slickrock trails. Families can enjoy rafting trips down the Colorado River and 4-wheel drive adventures through Kane Creek Canyon. Adrenaline seekers can choose to kayak through the class four rapids in Cataract Canyon or even go skydiving over canyon country. Other options include hikes in Moab’s less-visited sites—like Fisher Towers, Corona Arch, and Hidden Valley—flightseeing tours, and canyoneering adventures. 

Day 3: Backroads and Canyons

After two days visiting popular attractions, head out to explore the backroads and the area’s more remote sites. For a bird’s eye view of the greater Moab area, take a flightseeing tour of Monument Valley, Natural Bridges, and beyond. You could also consider a road trip down to the Needles District of Canyonlands, passing Newspaper Rock and the picturesque Indian Creek. Continue on to the famous views of Monument Valley, which is often used as a location for filming Westerns. 

Visitors looking for a bit more adventure can enjoy a canyoneering adventure to Goblin Valley State Park or the Robbers Roost area of the San Rafael Desert. In the evening, head out for an astronomy tour or check out one of the ranger-led stargazing and telescope viewing programs in Arches or Dead Horse Point State Park. The parks of southeastern Utah enjoy some of the darkest skies in the nation, offering a brilliant view of the heavens for your final night in Moab.

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Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab
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Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab

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To truly experience the legendary beauty of Arches National Park, you need to explore its isolated corners. On this adventurous 4WD tour from Moab, your expert guide will help you do just that as you navigate the backcountry to spots like the Tower Arch, as well as visit the famous red rocks at Marching Men and Eye of the Whale. Bonus: Your tour features a stop to see fossilized dinosaur tracks.
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Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4

Canyonlands National Park Needles District by 4x4

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Hit the dusty trail on a 4x4 tour of Canyonlands National Park. Expert guides will take you to see the highlights of Utah’s Chesler Park such as Elephant Hill, Devil’s Lane, and Devil’s Kitchen. There’s also the option to take a 3-mile (4.8-km) hike on the spectacularly scenic Joint Trail. This full-day adventure is the perfect way to experience Utah’s backcountry away from the crowds.
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Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab
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Westwater Canyon Full-Day Rafting Adventure from Moab

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Splash your way down the Colorado River through the rapids of Westwater Canyon, where in addition to rugged desert scenery, there’s the chance you could spot wildlife from soaring bald eagles to river otters and beavers. Over the course of a day, hold on tight as your guide helps navigate the Class III and Class IV whitewater, where rapids have names like Sock-It-To-Me, Funnel Falls and Skull. This trip provides an adrenaline rush amidst walls of red rock canyons, and is great for the traveler who loves a challenge and a bit of desert adventure.
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Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4WD
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Canyonlands National Park White Rim Trail by 4WD

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Go off-roading by 4-wheel drive (4WD) deep into Canyonlands National Park via the White Rim Road, a scenic route of switchbacks and red rock formations. This full-day tour with an expert guide includes popular spots such as Island in the Sky, Gooseneck overlook, Musselman Arch, Lathrop Canyon and the Shafer Trail leading to the Colorado River. Take short optional guided hikes that lead to hidden passages, secret canyons and the caves of Canyonlands. Buffet lunch and round-trip transport from Moab included.
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Moab Canyoneering Adventure
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Moab Canyoneering Adventure

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Outdoor enthusiasts will learn canyoneering skills including rappelling, rope-assisted down climbs and chimneying through slot canyons on this half- or full-day adventure from Moab. Travel into the red rock terrain of southern Utah by 4WD, then practice navigating narrow canyon walls as you learn the basics from a professional guide. Spend the morning or afternoon on an easier route, or select a moderately difficult full-day tour (including lunch) at Robbers Roost — a 2-hour drive away. Suitable for physically fit adventurers; all equipment provided.
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Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure from Moab
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Cataract Canyon Rafting Adventure from Moab

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In Canyonlands National Park, there’s a rugged beauty to the natural surroundings unlike anywhere else in the country, where the reddish brown rocks and enveloping silence create an isolated amphitheater of calm. That is, of course, unless you’re shrieking and smiling while splashing down Class V rapids as you raft through Cataract Canyon. On this 100-mile (160-km) full-day journey experience unforgettable scenery from the seat of a motorized raft. Able to handle both whitewater and flat water, this raft is the perfect method of transport for rafting in Canyonlands National Park.
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Dead Horse Point Half-Day Guided Mountain Biking Tour in Moab
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Dead Horse Point Half-Day Guided Mountain Biking Tour in Moab

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Discover one of Utah’s most spectacular state parks on this guided, 5-hour, mountain biking tour. Explore Dead Horse Point State Park, offering 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet. This 10-mile adventure features a single track with rolling terrain and a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. The tour is most suitable for those riders with some previous mountain biking experience, although this is not necessary. Use of a bicycle and helmet, plus park entrance fees and light refreshments and snacks are included.
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Goblin Valley State Park Canyoneering Adventure
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Goblin Valley State Park Canyoneering Adventure

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Experience the natural wonders of Utah firsthand with a 4-hour canyoneering adventure in Goblin Valley State Park. After a basic skills session it's time to enter the 'Chamber of the Basilisk.'  Rappel down a narrow fissure on a technical route that rewards with stunning underground views. In fact, the beauty of this massive chamber is often compared to that of a gothic church. Spend ample time climbing and wandering within the canyon for even more magical angles, then begin your journey back out into Utah's vast open space.
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Monument Valley and Canyonlands National Park Combo Tour
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Monument Valley and Canyonlands National Park Combo Tour

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Look down at Monument Valley, Canyonlands National Park and Natural Bridges, all seen during this 2-hour aerial tour by fixed-wing aircraft — an ideal way to take in these immense landscapes in a condensed period of time. Marvel at the buttes, mesas and other sandstone formations of this iconic region popularized in Westerns like ‘Stagecoach.’ Taking off from Moab, you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of Totem Pole, the Mittens, Grand Gulch, Upheaval Dome and much more.
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Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab

Arches National Park 4x4 Adventure from Moab

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Explore the rugged backcountry of Utah’s Arches National Park on this half-day 4x4 tour from Moab. Travel in a sturdy Jeep Wrangler to reach remote sections of the park, where you can hike among towering sandstone spires and arches away from the crowds. Trek through the otherworldly terrain used as a filming location for hit Hollywood movies, and follow in the hoof prints of former explorers on an old cowboy trail.
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands 4X4 Tour
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Moab Combo: Colorado River Rafting and Canyonlands 4X4 Tour

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This outdoor adventure combo from Moab takes you off-roading through Canyonlands National Park, followed by a guided rafting trip on the Colorado River. Your guide introduces you to the scenic natural wonders of Canyonlands' Island in the Sky by 4-wheel drive (4WD), including sections of the Shafer Trail and White Rim Road. Enjoy a buffet lunch before an afternoon rafting the white-water rapids of the mighty river. Admire deep canyons, ancient rock art, fossils and natural stone arches on this day trip, great for all ages.
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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab
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Canyonlands National Park Half-Day Tour from Moab

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On this half-day 4WD adventure from Moab, explore the rugged, red stone interior of Canyonlands National Park, where you’ll experience the beauty of the Island in the Sky district and the stunning Gooseneck Overlook. Your professional guide will navigate your vehicle down the switchbacks of White Rim Road, where you will not only see the remains of ancient Pueblo civilizations, but also admire the canyon walls that drop 1,000 feet (300m) down. It’s an easy drive from Moab to Canyonlands, and the views of the meandering Colorado River help cap off this Utah adventure.
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Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Day Trip from Moab

Fisher Towers Half-Day Rafting Day Trip from Moab

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Moab is blessed with the Colorado River running right through the middle of the desert, and on this Moab whitewater rafting tour, experience a scenic float down the river that also has Class III rapids. This tour takes place near Fishers Tower, which is just on the outskirts of Moab, where you can swim in the river, photograph wildlife, and listen as your guide explains the geology and history behind the canyons.  With various departures during the day at 9:00 am, 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm, the half-day trip can fit into most schedules. Bring the whole family on a fun-filled half-day Colorado River trip that runs about 7 river miles (11 km) with fantastic scenery and moderate rapids. Noon departures include a lunch by the riverside.
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Hell's Revenge 4x4 Off-Roading Tour from Moab
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Hell's Revenge 4x4 Off-Roading Tour from Moab

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Roam over the sandstone domes and slickrock ledges of Hell's Revenge near Moab on this off-road adventure by UTV (utility terrain vehicle). You will follow an experienced guide while you drive your own 4-passenger Kawasaki Teryx 4. Navigate the difficult terrain, full of steep climbs and descents. You’re treated to views of the La Sal Mountains, the Colorado River and the sandstone cliffs of Negro Bill Canyon. Travel in a small group of up to four vehicles on a 2.5-hour morning, afternoon or sunset tour.
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Fisher Towers Rafting Experience from Moab
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Fisher Towers Rafting Experience from Moab

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Join a family-friendly river rafting or kayaking trip and paddle past stunning Moab scenery, including Fisher Towers. Your full-day excursion launches at Onion Creek and covers some great white water of southern Utah. This small-group tour is suitable for all ages and skill levels, with your choice of raft or kayak.
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