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.
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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!