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?
Spend a day working the oars through the roaring rapids of the Colorado River or opt for a longer trip to fill the itinerary. Likewise, you can devote your free time to tackling 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.
Perhaps the best way to see this area you’re conquering is from above. That might mean jumping out of an airplane from 10,000 feet above the ground. Or 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). Or, 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.
- Colorado White Water
- White Rim Trail
- Moab Dining After Adventure
Start your high octane adventure with a choice: If this trip is about the rapids, you can devote the whole three days to them. Of course, there is the popular Moab Daily stretch if you want just a taste of the mighty Colorado. You can also set out on the bucket-list White Rim Trail. Make no mistake. It can be done in a day. One long, incredible day. Most prefer to break it up with a support vehicle. With your time left, continue through the days of this itinerary to ride, hike, climb and drive your way through the best of Moab, Utah.
Utah's most popular river trip, the Moab Daily, is a 13-mile stretch of the Colorado River from Hittle Bottom to Takeout Beach along Highway 128. This float can be easily done in a day. Of course, many raft the Colorado for Canyonlands’ famous Cataract Canyon. With two or more days, you can too.
The 100-mile White Rim Road loops around and below the Island in the Sky mesa top and provides expansive views of the surrounding area. Trips usually take two to three days by four-wheel-drive vehicle or three to four days by mountain bike. Grab a permit and get ready for a bucket-list ride.
There are a lot of great places to eat in Moab. Adventures out here can stir up a quite an appetite. For those days, here are a couple of excellent options to replenish the calories spent on the trail.
- Magnificent Seven
- Amasa Back
- Fiery Furnace
So much trail, so little time. Both Magnificent 7 and Amasa Back are top Moab rides. It can be hard to pick. The best conditioned riders may want to tackle both, or save some extra time to explore Arches National Park along with your previously booked tour of Fiery Furnace.
A series of mountain bike trails that can be combined in numerous creative ways for both fun and long rides through beautiful desert country. It's ideal for riders with good endurance and bike handling skills — and the good sense to walk it at times.
The Amasa Back area contains six mountain bike trails, five of which are non-motorized singletrack. Pot Hole Arch is the lone intermediate trail. From there things get expert. The Amasa Back area offers excellent views of Kane Creek, Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area and the Colorado River. Image courtesy Sebastien Launay.
This incredibly demanding hike is best experienced with a ranger. In fact, you can’t even enter the trail without reserving tickets in advance. This labyrinth of sun-baked ledges, canyons and sandstone outgrowths will challenge your agility and resolve, and more than earn you an extra helping at dinner afterward.
- Porcupine Rim or Whole Enchilada
- Skydive Moab
- Grandstaff Hiking Trail
Is it possible to mountain bike one of the greatest singletrack downhill rides, sky dive and sneak in a classic hike all in a day? Today’s a great day to find out.
This challenging ride packs in a little bit of everything — or perhaps a lot of everything. Deemed one of the greatest mountain bike rides in America, the Enchilada ain’t for the faint of heart, but with sweeping downhills on the stunning descent into the Colorado River valley, it’s one you’ll never forget.
You can explore Moab on foot, on bike, in a whitewater raft, or in a Jeep — but you’ll never quite get the same perspective as you do when flying through the air from 10,000 feet above it all.
A small perennial stream cut Grandstaff Trail into this Navajo sandstone canyon retreat near the Colorado River. The trail winds along the stream through an oasis of cottonwood and willow trees, cut off from the desert above by towering sandstone cliffs.