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Top 5 Under the Radar Attractions in Moab

When it’s time to relax, unwind, and explore some place new in style, a trip to Moab, Utah promises to please on just about every level possible! This endlessly scenic vacation destination calls to outdoor adventurers and those needing a scenic escape alike. While it’s a city with plenty of iconic stops to check off your must-see itinerary, the collection of lesser-known activities, stops, and attractions are just as well dedicating time to experiencing. The following are five under-the-radar Moab attractions you’ll be glad you took the time to visit the next time Moab is calling your name.

La Sal Mountain Loop

Part of a thrill of a trip to Moab for many travelers with a deep-seated passion for outdoor adventure is the chance to put their skills to the test on challenging trails. There is no shortage of options when it comes to adrenaline-pumping treks through Moab, but some of the unsung route heroes simply fall into the category because they’re more leisurely and gentle. If you’re in town and looking for an accommodating, yet endlessly scenic hiking adventure to enjoy, consider making time for the La Sal Mountain Loop. Approximately 5 miles round trip, this loop can be taken at your own pace and there are plenty of stops along the way that merit a photo or two. As a reward, you’ll enjoy an encounter with Morning Glory Arch before your return trip—so do feel free to linger longer than you originally planned.

Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage

With so much focus put on adventuring in the great outdoors by visitors to Moab with good reason, it can be easy to overlook this destination’s Hollywood-centric past! Fortunately, the curators at the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage have managed to capture it all for the masses and design a place where it can be enjoyed in abundance too. The Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage is located at Milepost 14 off Utah-128 within the Red Cliffs Lodge. It’s open daily from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm and offers guests a chance to browse artifacts, photos, displays, and exhibits that highlight the best of actors, movies, and films that have used Moab as a backdrop for cinematic success. Among the many favorites showcased include City Slickers, Thelma, and Louise—not to mention over 100 recognizable commercials!

Looking Glass Arch

A trip to Moab hardly seems complete without time set aside to make the most of exploring and admiring a plethora of sandstone arches. While some of the big-name include Delicate Arch and Corona Arch, lesser-known icons like Looking Glass Arch are just as much worth a stop and a photograph too. Accessing Looking Glass Arch is easy if you follow the trail that goes by the same name. This half-mile loop is easy to hike and best enjoyed by adventurers between March and October. While some choose to climb the arch upon arrival, others can simply step back and absorb the beautiful view they’ve come to claim in good company.

Grandstaff Canyon Trail

Cut into Navajo sandstone and running adjacent to a lovely stream, Grandstaff Canyon Trail offers up an inspired trek to those willing to move away from some of the primary trails and try something new while they’re in town. Grandstaff Canyon Trail was named for American rancher and prospector William Grandstaff who frequented the area in the 1800s. Cottonwoods, sandstone cliffs, and willow trees are all defining features of this scenic trail. It takes about 2 miles to hike out for the best views, so set aside an afternoon and enjoy the adventure!

Mill Creek Falls Watering Hole

Mention Moab and towering sandstone arches likely spring to mind. That said, if you know what trails to take, you can find some lush watering holes that offering up options to swim your way through a scorching Utah afternoon! The Mill Creek Trail leads to Mill Creek Falls which is accompanied by a collection of shallow pools complete with currents and natural rock waterslides to enjoy too. Access to the trail can be found off of Powerhouse Lane and if you’re traveling with a canine companion, the trail is wonderfully dog friendly.

Book Your Moab Adventure Today

Enjoying a trip to beautiful Moab, Utah isn’t ever hard to do. Between the scenery, options for relaxation, and the plethora of fun activities too, there is no shortage of options when it comes to enjoying your time away from the daily grind. Knowing you’ve booked the best of rental accommodations in town only makes it that much better! Let the team at Empty Spaces Vacation Rental Management handle your rental details so you can arrive in Moab and only have to think about the fun that lies ahead. Reach out today to learn more about our many property options and to begin planning your next Utah-bound trip!

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Guest Reviews

Nicholas H Jan 11, 2022

Airbnb • Entrada 602
We have stayed in Airbnb’s all over the world! We really loved this one. I think it’s well rounded and precisely what anyone needs; whether that is for large groups, couples, romantic, homey, open, cozy, functional etc. it’s a bit off town so perfect for quiet and calm. We did hear neighbors a few times, it was never at night. We slept well, there are many beds to choose from certainly. Laundry room is accessible and convenient to bedrooms. Decorating is lovely and charming. Kitchen is great, and stocked for anything you’d like to cook basically. It is clean and very well kept… NO SHOES! Remember that rule! It’s why we rented… It should be a rule anywhere. The national parks are all within driving distance and often quite dirty. This is an excellent rental and we would stay here over and over. I have rarely felt as such for other locations or home. Thanks

Russ P Dec 01, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 602
This is a sweet property in a cool little subdivision. Perfect for groups 5-10 people who need a place to stay while enjoying Moab

Dan P Nov 28, 2021

VRBO • Earhart
Outstanding location - hiking, fishing, a short distance from the house and great small town shopping opportunities. Well equipped home, nothing lacking in terms of kitchen items, bathing needs, and hot tub. beautiful vistas from most rooms in the house. Our family enjoyed our stay immensely.

Sara C Nov 28, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 619
We had a terrific time at the property. Everything was like new! Great amenities and the booster chair and pack-n-play were perfect for my 2 year old.

Jamee M Nov 25, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 417
We really enjoyed our stay at this home. Very clean and spacious. Well stocked with kitchen essentials and then some. Had a good variety of games to play, and for the little kids they had blocks and a little play area under the stairs. Communication was great, didn’t have any issues. Will definitely stay again!

Scott A Nov 22, 2021

VRBO • Entrada 421/425/429
Rented three units. We had a total of 14 people. The three units gave everyone privacy when needed and allowed for easy gatherings and meals together. Everyone in the party loves the places and would rent again! Location is great and the units themselves were awesome! Very clean, spacious and well stocked. We had no issues at all. Main activities for the week were mountain biking, hiking, 4-wheeling and sight seeing. I highly recommend these rentals!!

Jeanette A Nov 21, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 602
We loved our stay. Fully stocked and spacious enough for our huge group. Super clean and has everything you would need for your stay I really recommend this home.

Basil Y Nov 14, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 620
Really beautiful property here, smells new. Nice finishes and very comfortable furniture. Close to everything in town and a stones throw from the trails. Can’t wait to return!

Michael H Nov 04, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 620
Beautiful location and beautiful home. Scott & Sarah are extremely nice and highly communicative. An absolute pleasure booking with them. When back in Moab we will 100% stay here again!

Aaron Nov 08, 2021

Airbnb • Entrada 619
It's hard to match the beauty of Moab. If you're looking for a 5-star stay in a 5-star town do not hesitate to book. This place has it all... cleanliness, comfort (seriously comfortable beds), all the amenities, and amazing hosts! Would not hesitate to stay here again and hope to have the opportunity in the future.