For the launch of our new Drawstring Bag, we hit the road in Sasquatch the Bus and headed to Moab! We love Moab—the gateway to Arches National Park—and the surrounding red-rock playground located in our own backyard. It's just a short drive to Moab from our hometown of Salt Lake City, so it's the perfect road trip for a quick weekend getaway with your family or your girlfriends. Below, check out our Moab Travel Guide, including what to pack, where to stay, the best hikes + things to do, and where to eat after a long day of adventuring!
What to Pack for Moab
The weather in Moab can change drastically depending on the time of year you're traveling. In the summer, temperatures can be very hot and sunny, so you'll want to pack lightweight clothing, comfy hiking boots or a good hiking sandal, a hat and sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, a big water bottle or Camelback, and a jacket or sweatshirt when the desert temps drop at night. We also recommend a good daypack like the Drawstring Bag to stash snacks, a first aid kit, sunscreen, lip balm, water, etc.
Where to Stay in Moab
Bunk up at Moab Under Canvas for a glamping experience you'll never forget! Spend the night in a comfy full-size bed housed in a vintage canvas tent at this luxe glamping resort. Tents feature working bathrooms, boho-chic furnishings, and views for days from the deck of your tent. Such a fun way to experience Moab without the hassle of setting up a tent!
This charming inn is a cozy and quiet place to spend the night or a long weekend during your stay in Moab. The cottage-like guest rooms feature queen or king size beds and private bathrooms. There's a pool in back where you can take a dip and cool off during the warm summer months.
There's no shortage of Airbnb options in Moab, ranging from small studios for two people to larger homes that can fit a full family. You can even stay in a teardrop trailer for the weekend! There are also pet-friendly options, so you can bring you pups along for the trip.
Best Family Hikes in Moab
- Sand Dune Arch: This family-friendly hike in Arches National Park is really more of a short nature walk, so it's perfect for little ones. The path takes you through a large sandy area that's basically a giant sandbox—sure to be a hit with your kiddos!
- Corona Arch: This is a good family-friendly hike. It's about 3 miles round trip and takes about 2 hours. It's typically less crowded than the hikes in Arches National Park.
- Delicate Arch: This classic hike in Arches National Park is a must for anyone visiting Moab. The hike is 3 miles round trip and takes about 2-3 hours.
Things to Do in Moab
- Rent side x sides and take them on the trails
- Take a hot air balloon ride over the red-rock landscape
- Go rafting on the Colorado River
- Go horseback riding
Where to Eat in Moab
Start your day at this low-key organic eatery on Moab's Main Street. The restaurant serves up natural, local dishes with a farm-to-table ethos. We like the Huevos Rancheros, Quinoa Breakfast Bowl, or Coconut-Crusted French Toast, and a fresh fruit smoothie, juice, tea, or chai latte to wash it all down.
The Broken Oar is the perfect spot to fuel up after a day of hiking and exploring in Moab. Try the shrimp and chips, the Oar Burger with pastrami, bacon, and Swiss cheese, or the Moab BBQ combo with St. Louis-style ribs, beef brisket, pulled pork, and tri-tip, all smoked in-house.
Belly up to the bar at this local brewery and quench your thirst with a pint of Johnny's American IPA, Porcupine Pilsner, or Dead Horse Point Amber Ale. Dig into a platter of Brew Pub Nachos or Brewery Poutine, fish tacos, wraps, and half-pound burgers. There's also a kid's menu with corn dogs, chicken fingers, and more.