Moab, Utah is a dynamic destination that calls to outdoor adventurers from near and far. While some come to hike and bike, others come to make the most of Jeep tours. Some visitors this direction are dazzled by opportunities to capture amazing photographs while others can’t wait to hop in a kayak and make their way down the Colorado River. Between the dining, entertainment and small-town charm, Moab is a city that calls visitors back time and again but the one-stop along the way that can’t be missed, no matter how many times you return, is a trip to Arches National Park in Utah.
Scenic and Sensational
Arches National Park in Utah is a scenic wonderland packed with towering rock Moab arches and spectacular vistas that never fail to impress. This park is situated just north of Moab and provides visitors with a seemingly impossible sense of contrast as rock formations, canyons, colors, and textures collide to create scenery that’s nearly other-worldly. Arches National Park hosts over 2,000 stone arches designed by nature herself that are well-worth admiring. Visitors come to Arches National Park to simply admire the view, but also to camp, hike, and take in the sights alongside a knowledge ranger.
Planning a Visit to the Moab Arches
When it comes to making your way to Arches National Park, there are some important facts to keep in mind. While the park is open year-round, the months between March and October tend to be the busiest. It’s often recommended that if you’re looking for a more intimate and tranquil visit, stopping by before 8:00 am or after 3:00 pm on a daily basis is best. Arches National Park hosts a comprehensive visitor center that’s worth dropping by when you’re planning your hiking routes through the terrain or looking for information on the many programs hosted by rangers at the park. The park has implemented a time entry pass for 2022. The pass must be purchased ahead of time online at the following link. The entrance fee is $30 per private vehicle or $15 for individuals arriving without a vehicle. They are valid for 7 days at a time meaning guests can come and go at will during that timeframe to enjoy the scenery and adventure with ease. An annual pass can be purchased for $80 for those that plan on returning time and again within the calendar year.
What you Can Expect to See
Arches National Park sits in a high-desert ecosystem and thanks to this, it provides visitors with plenty of options for viewing a variety of amazing animals and plant life during a visit. Mountain lions, bats, owls, lizards and a variety of birds call this park home. Desert grasses, wildflowers and cacti can also be observed in abundance.
Exciting Stops to Enjoy Nearby
A visit to Arches National Park in Moab is bound to be an unforgettable and thrilling moment whether you’ve been several times or are enjoying your first visit. From the stunning scenery to options for challenging outdoor adventure, this national park has a way of capturing the minds and imaginations of visitors from near and far. Fortunately, it’s also a great place when you’re looking to keep close to other options for fun as well. Here are a few ideas for expanding on an already exciting itinerary and turning your trip to Moab into an unforgettable experience from start to finish.
While the thrills and adrenaline-pumping fun of Moab keep outdoor enthusiasts returning time and again, this destination as well as the surrounding terrain are also well suited to the traveler that’s looking to relax, unwind and enjoy their scenic surrounding with a side of deserved tranquility. Whether you find yourself in this category of traveler or simply need a bit of respite from hiking, biking, and adventuring, heading over to nearby Castle Valley is a must. This beautiful and quiet area doesn’t sit far from Arches National Park and is a great place to come and enjoy a mid-day picnic or put your photography skills to the test. Castle Valley doesn’t offer up much in the way of stores or restaurants but is loved by travelers for its unspoiled beauty and off the beaten path appeal.
Slickrock Bike Trail
Alternatively, for the traveler that can never get enough of heart-pounding fun in Moab, a day of mountain biking along Slickrock Bike Trail is sure to be exactly what you’ve been hoping for. This 10.5-mile loop is designed to inspire the experienced mountain biker and provides those curves, twists and turns that athletes on two-wheels crave! Petrified sand dunes makes up the majority of the route and prove to be as breathtaking as they are challenging to maneuver. Bring plenty of water and a sense of adventure when Slickrock Bike Trail is at the top of your must-try list.
When you make your way back into the center of town and you’re looking for a refreshing stop that’s sure to please the palate, Moab Brewery is the place to be. Situated at 686 S. Main Street, this delicious destination is known for its local flavors as well as its IPAs available in abundance. Pair your preferred beverage with a small plate of goodies and head out to the patio to sip the day away with a view too. Moab Brewery is also home to a charming gift shop when you’re looking to pick up that item or gift to commemorate your trip.
Book Your Moab Vacation
When you can’t wait to get out and explore the best of Arches National Park, be sure you’re booked into accommodation that keep you close to the fun. Contact Arches Vacation Rentals today for more information on our many property options in the area. Book one of our romantic vacation rentals.