Denver to Moab: A High-Octane Weekend Road Trip
Pick one bucket-list adventure or do it all.
Don’t have enough time for the full Higher Octane experience? How about you hit the most adrenaline-inducing, pulse-racing, heart-hammering Moab-area adventures that you can pack into three days. Ready?
Kick your road trip off with a day working the oars through the roaring rapids of the Colorado River, or opt for a longer rafting trip by adding a few days to the itinerary. Likewise, you could extend the itinerary by tackling a larger portion of the White Rim Trail.
Day two is all about magnificent mountain biking — we’re talking the world-renowned, technical trails of the Magnificent 7, or the playful, imaginative ledges of Amasa Back. If you’d rather explore on foot, you can plunge yourself deep into the Fiery Furnace of Arches National Park — with a guide, of course. This incredible labyrinth of twisting and turning canyons and gorges is known to be difficult to navigate.
Day three is a hat trick of Moab adventure, and may set a new benchmark for your most exciting day. Start by jumping out of a plane over the Moab desert from 10,000 feet above the ground. Then it’s onto hitting the ground literally rolling at 11,126 feet and dropping for 33 miles on one of the most unforgettable mountain bike rides anywhere (come prepared or rent in town). Finally, you can get up close and personal with the red rock as you hike to the third largest arch in the Western Hemisphere.
Cap off your adventure at a locals’ favorite for a fat burger and beer — and you can say you conquered it.
Start: Drive roughly five and a half hours west on I-70 from Denver, Colorado to Moab, Utah.
End: Skydive Moab, just outside Arches National Park.
Hours of Driving: 5+ hours driving in Moab, 14+ hours total commute time.
Places To Stay & Local Guides: Make the most of your trip by Glamping at Moab Under Canvas, a camping resort that’s equally luxurious and adventurous. Before you hit the road, be sure to make reservations for the skydiving, guided hikes and rafting tours in this itinerary.