Hole 'n the Rock. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Family-Friendly Fun in Moab, Utah

It’s fair to say that Moab doesn’t tempt travelers with a lot of traditional tourism establishments, but all you have to do is raise your eyes to the horizon. The locale is so striking that you’ll want to get outdoors and explore, and the astonishing sights of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks are just minutes from town. But there’s nothing wrong with just enjoying the enthusiastic vibe of the town.

Notom-Bullfrog Road. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Road Trip Utah’s National Parks in a Week

Despite their proximity, visiting all of Utah’s national parks is a bit complicated because of the rugged terrain and lack of roads. You must plan on a lot of driving. So get in a road-trip frame of mind, cue up some good music, and head out.

Ancient Native Americans left behind astonishing arrays of rock art throughout Utah. Photo © W.C. McRae.

Where to See Rock Art Around Moab

The fertile valley around Moab has been home to humans for thousands of years. Prehistoric rock art, granaries, and dwellings can still be seen here, as well as later native contributions. You don’t need to travel far to see excellent examples of native pictographs and petroglyphs. Expert authors W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell offer specific instructions on how to find rock art around Moab.

Notom-Bullfrog Road. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Plan a Visit to Capitol Reef National Park

Although Capitol Reef gets far less attention than the region’s other national parks, it is a great place to visit, with excellent hiking and splendid scenery. It’s easy to spend 2-3 days camping at the park campground or staying in nearby Torrey and taking day hikes in the park’s core district. Even travelers short on time will enjoy a quick look at visitors center exhibits and the Scenic Drive, which offers access to viewpoints and hiking trails.

The Virgin River cuts through Zion Canyon. Photo © Judy Jewell.

Planning Your Time in Zion National Park

Zion is a magnificent park with stunning, soaring scenery. The geology here is all about rocks and water; even rainy days can be memorable as waterfalls plunge from nearly every crevice in the cliffs above. To explore, it’s always worth spending part of a day hiking with a park ranger. The highlight for most visitors is winding through the canyon on the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive.

Downtown Moab, Utah. Photo © WC McRae.

Planning Your Time in Moab

By far the largest town in southeastern Utah, Moab makes an excellent base for exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and the surrounding canyon country. How you get around ranges from biking to horseback riding to 4WD jeep exploring to hot-air ballooning. This is also the most hospitable town in this part of Utah, so don’t blow right through. Take time to stop and enjoy its quirky charms.

Red dirt with clustered grasses in the foreground while a flat-topped arch spans across the landscape in the background.

The Variety and Splendor of Arches National Park

A concentration of rock arches of marvelous variety has formed within the maze of sandstone fins at Arches National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the United States. Bill McRae and Judy Jewell offer advice on how to plan your time and where to go to experience the best Arches has to offer.

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Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Photo © Steven Prorak/123rf.

Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend offers more than 200 miles of hiking trails ranging from short, easy nature walks and day hikes to primitive mountain trails for experienced hikers and overnight backpackers. There’s truly something for everyone here—families can take their time on moderate trails with printed interpretive brochures as a guide, while hard-core backpackers have the option of taking backcountry trails into the desolate wilderness for challenging treks at their own pace.