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Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

1. Moab: Hurrah Pass 4x4 Driving Adventure

This scenic tour explores the Wild West scenery of the Colorado River and historic Kane Creek. Hear about the geology, history, and ancient civilizations of the area from your experienced guide. Meet for this scenic 4x4 off-roading tour at the Moab Tourism Center. Once you check in, listen to a short safety briefing from your guide, so you feel prepared and ready to go. You will be provided with a 4x4 vehicle called a UTV. These machines with four seats are automatic and easy to navigate. Hop behind the wheel and drive towards the Hurrah Pass Trail, which is just 15 minutes away. Go on a scenic off-road tour following your guide’s instructions. Stop at the thousand-year-old Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan Petroglyphs to take in their detail and history. See rocks from different time periods in history as you make your way along steep dirt tracks. Finally, arrive at the Hurrah Pass Overlook, located near Canyonlands National Park, and admire the incredible views. Your tour ends with a ride back to the Moab Tourism Center.

Moab: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Rappelling Tour

2. Moab: Morning or Afternoon Half-Day Rappelling Tour

After being picked up from your hotel in Moab, start the tour with a short 4x4 ride through rocky terrain towards the off-the-beaten-track Dad Gum Canyon. After a safety briefing from your expert guide, get geared up and begin your canyoneering experience. Hike and rock rappel into pools of water in this little slot canyon. Prepare to get wet as you find several small waterfalls and crystal clear pools. At the end of the adventure, an unforgettable 200-foot guided rappel awaits you. Once you hike out of the last bit of the canyon, make your way back to Moab where you will be dropped off at your hotel.

Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

3. Westwater Canyon: Colorado River Class 3-4 Rafting from Moab

Meet in Moab and hop aboard a comfortable shuttle van that will drive you along the scenic Colorado River to the Westwater Canyon boat launch. Take a moment to prepare while your guides ready the boats and provide a pre-launch safety talk. Then, it's time to get on the water.  Head down through the Colorado River's steep narrow gorge. Take in the sights and sounds of this beautiful canyon. Stop at midday to enjoy a buffet-style picnic lunch on a sandy beach. Then briefly explore the canyon on foot.  After lunch, the real fun begins. Navigate the thrilling section of Class III/IV rapids with unique names like Funnel Falls, Skull, and Sock It To Me. Then relax on calm waters as you near the end of your experience.

Moab: Arches Backcountry Helicopter Flight

4. Moab: Arches Backcountry Helicopter Flight

Start your day at Canyonlands Field Airport to check in for your private helicopter tour. After a safety briefing, you will board your helicopter and depart the airport for your amazing scenic tour. Shortly after departing the airport, arrive at the tall spires of Determination Towers and the expansive Gemini Bridges. Next, you will fly into the Behind the Rocks Wilderness where you will see the amazing fins and several more arches that you can only see from above. Next, head over the southern end of the Moab Valley to Castle Valley where you will view the amazing Castleton Tower. After you catch your breath, your pilot will then fly over extensive 4x4 trails where you will see jeeps galore and the Colorado River canyon. Finally, you will head back to the airport, spotting the massive Corona Arch, Jeep Arch, and Uranium Arch before you arrive back at the airport.

Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour

5. Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks Self-Driving Bundle Tour

Discover Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks on a self-guided, self-driving tour. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy countless panoramic views of stunning scenary. Begin at the Springdale Visitor Center. As you drive, you’ll hear the history of the park, how it got its unusual name, then stop by a vista from which the impressive Altar of Sacrifice, Sundial, and West Temple are all clearly visible. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one. After that, drive past the towering Sentinel and hear how a tremendous earthquake totally transformed this mountain. At the next viewpoint, you’ll see the Patriarchs, a trio of mountains so gorgeous that people used to think pictures of them just had to be fake. Continue past sparkling waterfalls with emerald pools at their base. Then you’ll see Angel’s Landing, a precarious, death-defying hike famous both for its staggering views and for the danger involved in getting to them. Up next is Weeping Rock, a cliff face that constantly “weeps” and gives life to a little oasis at its base. Then it’s on to The Narrows, a one-of-a-kind river hike that’s perfect for photo ops. Travel along the Riverwalk and hear about the ancient petroglyphs left behind by the people who once called this area home. When you head next through the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, you’ll get the full story of the conflict between the Mormons and the Paiute tribe. After you pass the totally strange Checkerboard Mesa, you’ll arrive at the East Entrance Ranger Station, where your tour will conclude. Your journey through Bryce Canyon begins at the park’s entrance and continues on to Fairyland Point, a lovely overlook offering your first glimpse at the kind of beauty that’s in store. Next, pause at Sunrise Point and get your first look at the mysterious hoodoos which make this park famous. After that, of course, is Sunset Point, the perfect sister to Sunrise Point. As you continue on toward Inspiration Point, you’ll uncover how this astonishing landscape formed in the first place. Then revisit the story of the first Mormon pioneers who arrived here and declared this place their new home. After that, you’ll visit Swamp Canyon Overlook, which hides some seriously stunning views behind its modest name. Get the facts about the connection Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid have with this park before visiting a natural arch. Then it’s on to a couple of canyons guaranteed to take your breath away with their sweeping views and lush interiors, plus a mythical tale of malevolent water spirits which the Paiute once believed occupied these rivers. The final landmark on the tour is the beautiful Rainbow Point.

From Moab: Half-Day Canyoneering Adventure in Entrajo Canyon

6. From Moab: Half-Day Canyoneering Adventure in Entrajo Canyon

Explore the rugged terrain of the desert southwest on an incredible canyoneering experience in the Entrajo Canyon. Learn everything you need to know to safely navigate the canyon's obstacles with your private, experienced guide, and satisfy your sense of adventure, even if you're a beginner. After meeting your guide in Moab, head toward the 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) loop hike in Entrajo Canyon. Start at the bottom and hike and climb up to the top of the canyon. At the summit, admire amazing views of the La Sal Mountains and the red rock canyon below. From there, learn a number of canyoneering techniques that you'll use to make your way down through the canyon, always safely backed up on rappel. Then downclimb, rappel, shimmy, and chimney (back to one wall, feet to the other) through a gorgeous red rock canyon that has been carved by water over hundreds of thousands of years. Most of the time, there are pools of water that you must walk, wade, and sometimes swim through, making this a very enjoyable outing in the heat of the summer. Finish the tour with a 90-foot (27.4-meter) rappel to exit the canyon before making your way back to Moab.

Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park: Airplane Tour

7. Bryce Canyon & Capitol Reef National Park: Airplane Tour

Get unobstructed views of Utah’s beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park on this private airplane tour. Marvel at the spectacular Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument from a vantage point that’s hard to beat. Depart from Canyonlands Regional Airport to start the tour. Fly over remote canyons to reach the unique Waterpocket Folds of Capitol Reef National Park. Your knowledgeable pilots will be giving a fun description and explanation of the geological formations along your entire tour. Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. The park is a vast showcase of colorful rock pinnacles and spires, known as hoodoos, which rise from a series of natural amphitheaters. Land at Bryce Canyon Airport and enjoy some time to stretch your legs and use the facilities. Once back on the plane, head southeast to meet up with the Colorado River. Spot the Grand Staircase and see the plateaus that descend from Bryce Canyon south toward the Grand Canyon, marked by vertical drops at the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, and White Cliffs. Follow the Colorado River the majority of the time back to Canyonlands National Park before landing back in Moab.

From Moab: Rock of Ages Moderate Rappelling Obstacle Course

8. From Moab: Rock of Ages Moderate Rappelling Obstacle Course

Start your day with pickup from your hotel in Moab. Ride your 4x4 on a 5-mile trail through the rugged terrain of Pritchett Canyon. Get your adrenaline pumping, as you climb your way through the canyon.  See Chimney Arch and then continue on to Pool Arch with a 90-foot-high opening. Enter the slot canyon, where you may need to navigate through some potholes, before reaching the 50-foot rappel at the end of the section. After the 50-foot rappel, get ready for another 100-foot rappel, which will lead you to a beautiful grotto. Finally, head back on your 4x4 to Moab after a thrilling desert adventure.

Moab: Full Day Canyoneering Experience

9. Moab: Full Day Canyoneering Experience

Spend an exciting day traversing into deep slots and unique water sculpted canyons, rappelling and climbing along the way, and exploring miles of canyon country. The Irish Canyons are the center of canyoneering in the North Wash. With short approaches, a wide range of difficulty levels, and unsurpassed beauty, it's understandable why these are the most popular canyons in the area. Your guide will get in touch a few days before your tour to determine the best options for your group. Then they will build an itinerary and plan your day of adventure. On the morning of your tour, you'll meet the group in town or get picked up from your local hotel and then driven to the canyons. The tour guides will take great care to ensure your safety as you and your group explore the canyons. To the northwest of Lake Powell lies a sea of rolling sandstone bluffs laced with some of the tightest slots in the canyoneering world. Despite the remoteness of North Wash, the canyons here are some of the most accessible anywhere with numerous world-class objectives a short distance from the highway. North Wash is the perfect destination for beginner and advanced canyoneers alike with canyons such as Leprechaun and Blarney: second to none in beauty but mellow enough for the kids to enjoy. There are also much more advanced canyons in the area for more experienced adventurers. These easy-to-access canyons are many canyoneer's introduction to the area. Composed of three separate canyon systems: Leprechaun, Blarney, and Shillelagh, the Irish Canyons offer something for everyone whether beginner or experienced. Because of the quick access, the Irish Canyons also make it possible to do multiple objectives in a day.

From Moab: 1-Day Horseshoe Canyon Exploration

10. From Moab: 1-Day Horseshoe Canyon Exploration

Start your adventure by being picked up from your accommodation in Moab. Make your way in an air-conditioned vehicle across the Green River Desert to the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. Experience Utah’s epic landscapes as you travel to Horseshoe Canyon. Once at Horse Shoe Canyon, you’ll explore the heart of Robbers Roost Country. This remote wilderness is where the infamous bank robber Butch Cassidy learned to rustle cattle. The area was also a favorite hide-out among the outlaws of the old west, including the Wild Bunch. See the canyon's striking rock formations. Relax and enjoy a picnic lunch at the western rim of Horseshoe Canyon. Afterward, take a 7-mile hike down into the canyon. See the Great Gallery and marvel at the paintings which adorn the sides of the canyon. These life-size paintings of human figures were created between 400 AD and 1100 AD by the Desert Archaic culture, a nomadic group of hunter-gatherers. After admiring the centuries-old paintings, climb back up to your vehicle and return to Moab.

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What people are saying about Moab

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We had a wonderful experience in our 30-minute helicopter tour over Canyonlands. It was breathtakingly beautiful. Jon, our pilot, was very knowledgeable about the area, an excellent pilot, and friendly. I would highly recommend this experience when visiting Moab. This was a first helicopter ride for my husband and I. Our tour happened to take place on my birthday, due to reschedule because of extreme heat the day before, so the staff made it extra special with some non-alcoholic champagne before our flight - they really went the extra mile to make our experience unforgettable.

Took my 11-year-old and he loved it. It was his first time flying and Jon did a great job flying and explaining the features around Moab and the parks. If you've only flown on planes, helicopters are completely different and a great way to experience Utah.

We had an amazing time on our helicopter ride and will do it again. We were awestruck looking over the canyons, arches, hoodoos and the Colorado River. If you're tossing this tour around as an idea - do it!!

This was an amazing experience!!! HIGHLY recommend. Our guide was great and very knowledgeable. My boyfriend and I had the time of our lives and would even do it again the next time we go to Moab!

Mikw was an awesome guide and very patient with my teenagers.