Day 3-6: Drive Scenic Highway 12 and Moab
After finishing up in Zion, it's time to hit the road again via Utah's most scenic route: Highway 12. Turning off of Highway 89 onto Highway 12, you will take the 2 hour drive through the winding roads exploring the country side of Utah. There are plenty of observation look-outs along the way so take some time to enjoy the natural beauty around you. Once off the highway, the drive to Moab is another 3 hours.
If you wish to skip out on Highway 12, the route up Highway 89 will take you onto Highway 70 which still offers great sites and is slightly quicker (around 5 hours from Zion). If you're interested in doing this drive, check out some of the pictures below.
Activities to do in Moab
Welcome to Moab, Utah's outdoor playground where you can do nearly anything and everything outdoor related, along with visiting some of the best national parks the West has to offer. Below is a list of suggested activities you can look into during your time here; and while it might not have everything, it will at least give you an idea of the options available in this awesome town!
White Water Rafting Day Trip Through "West Water" Canyon
Moab Adventure Center runs a great shop when it come to this adventure and we highly suggest booking a trip through them (and checking out any other activity that might catch your eye).
Renting a UVT or ATV
We recommend using Ultimate UTV Adventures in Moab for rentals and guided tours!
Arches National Park
Some of the arches we recommend to see are Delicate Arch, Corona, and Bowtie Arch. Delicate Arch is a 2 hour hike that is a little less than 3 miles and is great to visit at sunset if you have the time. As Corona and Bowtie Arch, they both are on the same hiking trail which takes about 2 and a half hour hike. Both are relatively easy and suitable for all ages, and you can bring your dog along too.
Other Recommended Activities: If you have the time, Canyonlands National Park is a beautiful, right outside of Moab, and offers all kinds of backcountry hiking and adventures such as 4 wheel driving, biking, hiking and camping. 'Outdoor Biking' is another popular activity in the area, and if that sounds up your alley, Moab is the place to do it. Furthermore, Moab offers everything from sunrise hot air ballon rides to skydiving so the world is your oyster for outdoor (and extreme) activities.
Accommodations in Moab
Similar to Zion, Moab is a small town with a plethora of options whether it be camping, hotels, or any specialty lodging such as BnB's or glamping. Below is a breakout of each, where they're located in town, and include links on how to book them.
Campgrounds: In Moab there are plenty of campgrounds near town that have good facilities, as you can see on the map below. Similar to Zion, remember to book in advance or you can try to walk up day of to catch anyone who gave up their spot. For a complete list and more campsite booking information, visit the Bureaus of Land Management site here. If you would like to camp in Arches National Park, click the link here for more information and reservations.
Hotels: If you are looking to stay in a hotel, there are countless options in town. What's nice about the hotels is that you can walk to and from town with ease, giving you the freedom to be in the middle of the action or relax away from the crowds. Check out Booking.com for more options.
Specialty Lodging: If you're looking to really step up your accommodations and want a unique experience, Castle Valley Inn (about 30 minutes outside of Moab down highway 128) is a bed and breakfast that offers all kinds of privacy, scenery, amenities, and a breakfast to die for. If you're interested in booking, click the link here and if you want to look into other BnB options in Moab click here!
Food in Moab
In downtown Moab, you will be able to find a lot of good bites. If you're looking for an upscale bite, we suggest Desert Bistro has some delicious food that will not disappoint. On the other hand, if you're looking to fill up after a long day of activities, Canter 98 is an asian fusion restaurant right off main street that offers large portions at a good price.
For more options in Moab, check out Yelp or look at the map below.