10 Ways to See Moab Without Hiking

by Vibrant Management


Apr 14, 2020

Moab is known for its incredible hiking, both in the area’s two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, and in other outdoor spaces. 

But if hiking isn’t your thing or you want to give your feet a break, you’re in luck; Moab has no shortage of other activities to enjoy. Keep reading to learn 10 ways to see Moab without hiking a single mile.

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1. River Rafting

A heart-pounding adventure, breathtaking sights, and a great arm workout, all rolled into one! If you’re looking to take a break from hiking but still want to get off the beaten path and back to nature, river rafting on the mighty Colorado River is a great way to spend a day or even just an afternoon.

If you’re new to rafting or just want a more relaxing trip, you can take a float on Class I rapids. Or, try your skills in Class II. Either way, you’ll enjoy a whole new view of the red rock canyon walls that surround the river that you wouldn’t get to see on foot.

2. Off-roading

Moab’s vast red rock landscapes practically beckon off-road vehicles. The area offers plenty of backcountry trails and scenic drives perfect for off-road adventures. RZR rentals are side-by-side off-road vehicles capable of scaling the sand dunes and Slickrock you’ll encounter on your route. Follow your experienced guide as they design a trip to fit your skill level as you race through the desert and enjoy some incredible sights along the way.

If you’d rather enjoy the sights in the comfort of a padded seat and air conditioning, you can also take a backcountry Hummer tour. You’ll visit Moab’s famous Slickrock, which is home to petrified sand dunes and ancient seabeds with fossilized shells left behind.

3. Helicopter Tours

If you think that Moab is beautiful on the ground, you definitely need to see it from above. Taking to the sky in a helicopter, you’ll soar over famous landmarks like Deadhorse Point, Thelma and Louise Point, and Potash Ponds. You can even spot the Island in the Sky District in Canyonlands National Park and arches that are tough to reach on foot, like Corona Arch, Pritchett Arch, and Halls Bridge. See the winding route of the Colorado River as it snakes across the desert far below. You’ll be amazed at just how much you’ll get to see during your 45-minute tour!

4. Kodiak Flight

A helicopter isn’t your only option for an adventure in the sky. On the Redtail Air National Park air tour, you’ll climb on board a Fixed-Wing Kodiak airplane. During your flight, you’ll cover miles and miles of backcountry sights that would take you years to hike on foot. Watch for arches, mountain peaks, and other rock formations, and don’t forget to bring your camera for some truly incredible shots.

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5. Hot Air Balloon Adventure

An airplane or helicopter adventure is great for checking out Moab from a whole new angle. But for a truly unique tour, hop on a hot air balloon. 

Floating slowly over the landscape in a colorful balloon, you’ll see the natural rock bridges of Arches National Park, the La Sal Mountains in the distance, and the rocky landscape of Canyonlands National Park. Each tour is unique from the next, making this a must-see activity for every visit to Moab.

6. Paddleboarding

The Colorado River isn’t all crashing rapids. There are also plenty of flatwater expanses perfect for exploring the river by paddleboard. You’ll get a full-body workout as you paddle and float your way past towering sandstone cliffs. A guide will lead the way and teach you about Moab’s history and what makes it such a special place to visit.

7. Jet Boat Tours

Paddleboarding is a relaxing way to explore the tranquil sections of the Colorado River. But if you want a more fast-paced way to see Moab by water, add a Jet Boat tour to your trip itinerary. 

On this tour, you’ll race, zig-zap, and zip through the water, leaving a trail of spray behind you. But the tour isn’t all heart-pounding adventure. You’ll also enjoy a scenic tour during which you can spot wildlife on the shore and in the water and learn about the history of Moab from your experienced captain. 

8. Zip Lining

Another great high-adventure way to experience Moab is with a zip line tour. Located on a stretch of private land alongside the Sand Flats Recreational Area, the Raven’s Rim Zip Line Adventure features 6 ziplines and a 100-foot suspension bridge, as well as other activities, like off-roading.

mountain biking in utah national parks9. Mountain Biking

Mountain biking enthusiasts from across the county and around the world dream of visiting Moab’s famous trails. You’ll find a range of mountain biking trails for every experience level, from families that are new to the sport to those for experienced bikers only.

10. Ropes Course

Adventure Park Moab’s High Ropes Challenge Course is a fun destination for adults and kids alike. You’ll scale a climbing tower and navigate routes while suspended 30-feet above the ground. 

During your two-hour climb, you’ll take on 17 different challenging elements, all while professional facilitators stand by ready to help boost your confidence and help you out if you get stuck.

Planning Your Next Visit to Moab

Moab is a unique and beautiful destination that offers something for everyone, regardless of your age or interests. Whether you’re dreaming of hiking in the red rock desert or want to enjoy any number of the other activities on this list, we can help you plan your own perfect adventure.

Check out our Moab Private Custom Day Tour to see just how much you could enjoy during a half or full-day visit.

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