Regardless of when you come to explore the outdoor playground of Moab, you will find an incredible adventure waiting for you. Utah has been heating up this summer season, but luckily autumn is just around the corner. With it comes cooler temperatures and a slower travel season, this is the perfect time to see Moab for the first time. All of the incredible outdoor activities are still available, and the weather lets you stay comfortable for longer outside. Take a look at some of our favorite fall activities that are available only in Moab:
Go Mountain Biking
One of the best ways to get out and explore the wonderful scenery in Moab is by renting a mountain bike. Moab features endless miles of biking trails that take you around much of the backcountry. While some locations may cater to the more experienced biking crowd Moab’s trail system has something for everyone. One of the best places to start out at is Bar-M Loop. This scenic trail is available to ride all year long and offers beginner level trails to dive into. There is also plenty of advanced trail access points that are directly connected to Bar-M Loop. The terrain has no limits when you get around Moab by mountain bike.
Go Horseback Riding
Another exciting way to see the great outdoors here up in Moab is by joining a horseback riding expedition. You can get off the beaten path and feel like a real-life cowboy with this thrilling experience. Horseback riding lets you traverse sandstone vistas and open range trails. Most horseback riding tours offered in the city are approximately 90 minutes in length and can be up to half day adventures. Each tour will make sure you learn the ropes and feel comfortable on your horse before you take off. The temperatures have been known to fluctuate in the fall out on the open trails so make sure you bring a few layers just in case. You will not look out at our beautiful desert scenery the same way ever again!
Visit the National Parks
Moab is home to two different national parks that are extremely easy to get to. Each of the parks is open all year long allowing you to enjoy them during the cooler fall months. The first park is Arches National Park that is named after its famous arches. There are plenty of trails to hike around including the trail that leads to Delicate Arch. The second park is Canyonlands, where stunning canyons sweep the landscape. You will also find plenty of unique trails that surround the area giving you plenty of room to yourself. Cooler weather and smaller crowds make the fall season the perfect time to check out these parks for the first time!
Bring Your Pup to Dead Horse Point State Park
Don’t forget to bring your friendly canine companion along to Moab for your fall getaway. There are plenty of areas where dogs are welcome to join in on the fun. One area that is incredible to see where your pup can join along is Dead Horse Point State Park. Do not let the ominous name scare you away from this beautiful canyon rim. Dead Horse Point is actually a high plateau that overlooks the area for sweeping views. The trails are open for leashed pups to walk along beside you for a family friendly journey. It’s becoming harder and harder to see the starry night sky in cities. Dead Horse Point State Park turns into the International Dark Sky Park at night; the name comes from the incredible starry sky that will be above you. There are regularly scheduled full moon hikes that let you explore the park under the full moon light. Make sure to keep an eye on the weather for any last-minute cancellations!
Explore the Local Rivers
Another great aspect of Moab is that it is home to the Colorado and Green Rivers. These winding rivers have helped shape the Moab region to what they are today. Rafting trips are a popular activity during the warm summer season as the cold water helps keep you cool and offers a thrilling ride. However, the fall season is a great time to check out the rafting trips too as the rivers have mellowed out and offer a calmer experience. These slower waters let you take in the beautify of the wildlife and red rocks a lot longer than what the summer trips can provide you.
Moab Is Waiting This Fall
There is no time like the present to start planning for your upcoming fall getaway to Moab. Enjoy each of these activities that are even better in the fall season. Our vacation rentals will keep you close to the action throughout your stay.