Outdoor adventures offer lots of colorful scenery, cool temps

A cinnamon-colored gateway to magnificent red-rock formations near Arches National Park and also Canyonlands National Park in eastern Utah, Moab has fast become one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation areas with fun activities -- Moab Adventure Center photo

Visitors from around the world come to the town of Moab to experience sunrise over towering depths in Canyonlands National Park and then they follow it up with sunset in the otherworldly rock landscape of Arches National Park, according to the official website of Moab, situated in southeastern Utah.

“Moab’s year-round access to thousands of square miles of amazing red-rock landscapes, along with the cool waters of the Colorado River, has made it one of the most sought-after outdoor recreation destinations in the American Southwest.” the site continues.

In fact, one of Moab’s leading purveyors of outdoor adventure is coming off its best summer ever in terms of bookings and looks for this trend to continue over the upcoming fall color season.

The Moab Adventure Center reports a 35 percent increase in mountain biking trips sold this year in step with a nearly 50 percent increase in half-day Hummer Safaris as well as a 15 percent uptick in overnight river rafting adventures on the Colorado River.

“And this was all over the summer months when tourism to Moab runs high along with the daytime thermometer,” reports Brandon Lake, company representative.

of driving a Hummer past mesas and buttes -- Moab Adventure Center photo

“We can’t wait for the fall, the turning colors and more moderate temperatures as we expect that this trend will surely continue.”

Colorado River rafting, red rock mountain bike escapes and four-wheel hummer safaris will continue through the end of October when the quiet season finally descends.

However, any quiet here is short-lived, reports the Moab Adventure Center’s manager Jamie Pearce.

“Moab is the adventure world that never sleeps,” says Pearce. “The center is the region’s one-stop-shop for activities, gear and advice for exploring the slick rock surroundings bounded by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.

“One of the most exciting times of year here is autumn when the yellow cottonwoods along the Colorado River and the golden aspens of the La Sal Mountains play with the reds and oranges of this surreal and multi-colored terrain. A perfect fall getaway is enhanced with much cooler days and increased elbow room in the national parks.

mountain biking past dinosaur tracks and rafting down the Green -- Moab Adventure Center photo

Moab’s Porcupine Rim and Slickrock trails are on the top of the list of rides that made the Utah town famous, and they are the most spectacular and challenging mountain bike rides available anywhere, but Moab also has trails for bikers of any experience level. From beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops, to advanced bikers looking for the ultimate challenge, Moab has it all, states the site.

“How can you go wrong when the list currently includes 111 trails with names like Captain Ahab, Dino-flow, Sidewinder, Secret Passage and Hazzard County?”

Through late October visitors can enjoy scenic rafting on the Colorado River’s warmer water and playful but not difficult rapids. Available are half-day (morning or afternoon from $62 per person), full-day (from $94 per person including barbeque lunch) and overnight (from $273 per person) guided and outfitted excursions.

After exploring some of the most unique scenery in the American Southwest, visitors can relax and experience the small town hospitality of Moab.

The town is a magnet for year round outdoor festivals, and the business district has quite the collection of restaurants, microbreweries, shops and art galleries with jewelry, T-shirts and souvenirs.

and rafting down the Green and Colorado rivers. Fall is a good time for beginners to river raft as the water flows are lower than in the spring. -- Moab Adventure Center photo

For more details, visit www.moabadventurecenter.com.