• Slickrock mountain biking, as well as Klondike Bluffs Trail, Merrimac trail.
• Slickrock, Hell’s Revenge, White Rim Trail and Long Canyon Hummer/Jeep/ATV tours, or even bring your own 4×4/ATV, but travel with at least one other vehicle and consider locked differentials. This will test your 4WD driving skills to the max.
• hiking, especially Negro Bill Canyon Trail.
• white water rafting, kayaking and jet boating on the Colorado River.
• Canoeing and kayaking on the Green River.
• Horseback riding from Hauer Ranch or MH Cowboy around the incredible red rock landscapes.
• Scenic drives along Potash Road and the La Sal Mountain Loop. Start alongside the Colorado River and some red rock canyons before moving into a picture-perfect valley resembling Monument Valley. If you follow the La Sal Mountain Loop Road (around 50 miles long) you’ll climb up to an alpine forest which is a world apart from the arid landscape below. Be prepared to spend several hours on this drive as the road is steep, very winding and the views spectacular.
• Golf at Moab Golf Club.
• Climbing trips from beginners to advanced.
• Canyoneering (simple climbing combined with jumping into pools and rivers).
• BASE jumping (short parachute jumps off tall rocks! ) which is illegal in many parts of the world but not, of course, in the Moab vicinity where mad activities are just another day at the rock face.
• Ballooning in nearby Canyonlands.
• Visit the spectacular rock formations in nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands.
Wandering lonely as a cloud.
Of course hiking Sand Flats is an option but it’s not geared for the feet and the baking rock dehydrates people fast so lots of water needs to be carried. That being said, in the cool months you can venture to places you’d never go on a bike and see few other visitors.
Hell Roaring Canyon with Navajo Pictographs, near Moab. Photo by Michael Grindstaff.