Moab Area Museums
Paleosafari Moab Giants
Moab Giants Dinosaur Park is the first of its kind world-wide! Not only is it set among some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery in Moab, it is also a unique experience of the ages. You will journey back through time with a 3D cinema introducing you into the prehistoric world. There you get to make your own tracks alongside state-of the art life-size dinosaurs! You get to roam the extraordinary landscape they called home, as evidenced by the huge concentration of fossilized tracks found all around the area. The Tracks Museum is full of entertainment with interactive learning touch screens, games to play, and visually stunning exhibits that not only fascinate, but educate. It’s the ultimate place to discover the past with the modern conveniences and cutting edge technology that feel like the future.
The perfect balance of adventure and science, Moab Giants has been the realization of a dream for both our dinosaur park enthusiasts, as well as our world renowned scientists. They have special expertise in the field of fossil footprints and a deep knowledge of the paleontology of the region. Moab Giants has been actively engaged for many years in research, public education and exhibits and they are dedicated to being an educational and scientific resource for visitors from the local community, region, nation and the world, but not without some extreme fun along the way! It is Moab Giant's mission to explore the beauty, adventure and scientific mysteries of the Moab area and share them with the world.”
Plan to experience Moab Giants in its entirety by visiting all the attractions we have to offer. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Our exhibits include both indoor and outdoor experiences. Explore the park on your own and at your own pace, or participate in a more in-depth guided tour. Either way you will want to be sure you don’t miss a thing.
- The Museum - The indoor exhibits use interactive, cutting edge technology to highlight stories about fossil footprints and their impact on dinosaur science and geology. These exhibits also include insights into the history and prehistory of the Moab area, and windows into Moab Giant's research labs, show-casing research activity in the community and region. They also have some hands on exhibits that let you experiment for yourself how tracks are made and fossilized.
- The 3D Theater - Experience the magic of the creation and early history of our Earth through 3D cinema. Visitors get the full effect of prehistoric life in 3D before being introduced into the open landscape where things really come to life.
- The Trail - Here you will travel in time along a half-mile-long trail with more than 130, state-of-the-art, full size reconstructions of dinosaurs and the tracks they made in the area. Children and adults alike can walk with the dinosaurs and enjoy a Mesozoic adventure blended with a relaxed outing into the desert landscape with its beautiful backdrop of dinosaur-bearing rock formations.
- The 5D Paleoaquarium - After your walk through the desert with the dinosaurs on land you will have the unique opportunity to cool off in the paleoaquarium. Enjoy the ambience as you stroll past eight different 3D screens giving you a realistic view into ancient life under the sea. Your time in the aquarium will end in the 5D room with an all-encompassing experience you are sure not to forget!
- The Playground and “Dig it Out” Areas -The kids will love this hands on dinosaur-themed playground for guests only. The playground includes rock climbing, web equipment, swings, slides and more! Climb inside T-Rex’s enormous mouth full of teeth and try your hand at paleontology and discovery by exploring their camp uncovering the dinosaur bones beneath the sand!
- The Cafe - Plan to drop in to the Moab Giants Cafe for breakfast, lunch and tasty treats! The unique menu provides local favorites as well as dishes from around the world and are unlike any other in Moab. Everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their appetite. The menu is full of delicious food with names to contribute to your prehistoric adventure! It is sure to not disappoint!
- The Gift Shop - Stop by the gift shop on your way out for a Moab Giants branded souvenir. Enjoy a large selection of gifts including dinosaur toys and models of all kinds, fashionable custom designed apparel for all ages, and everything in between.
For more information visit moabgiants.com.
Museum of Moab
regional museum tells the story of Moab and Grand County's past, from prehistoric
and Ute Indian artifacts to the explorations of Spanish missionaries.
Photos and artifacts show pioneer Moab life, much of which centered around
ranching or mining. The museum also features an extensive rock and mineral
display and massive bones from dinosaurs. Adults and children alike will
love the museum's "hands on" policy
with many of the displays. The Mission of the Dan O'Laurie Museum of Moab is:
- To preserve and display regional artifacts and information
- To promote research and education which accurately reflect the natural
and cultural history of the Moab area.
During the 1950s, Moab was the center of a uranium boom.
The mining and mineralogy exhibits explain where uranium is found and how
deposits are formed, show the minerals found in the Moab area, and display
historic mining tools.
The 1957 idea of this museum by a group of early residents
was brought to reality when the uranium boom of the 50s swelled the population
of Moab from 1,250 to 8,000.
For many centuries, the Archaic peoples, followed by the
Anasazi (Ancient Puebloan) and Fremont, lived here, leaving behind their
earthen pit houses and intriguing rock art. Prehistoric tools, textiles,
pottery and jewelry are on display, as well as a model pit house and a
large burden basket discovered in Moab Valley by three teenagers in 1990.
There is also a display of Ute artifacts, including rare ceramic pieces.
The Paleontology and Mineralogy exhibits have been
expanded to include a hands-on testing area for identification of minerals
including a "backlight
box" with both short and long wavelength illumination.
Let your kids expend some of their pent-up energy with the restored player
piano. It will play some lovely tunes, but it's hard work!
Includes an historic hospital room and
a turn-of-the-century kitchen and home interior.
The Pierson History Hall
This room is named for the first curator of the museum. Depicting the last two hundred years of Moab history exploring the dynamic and changing relationship between European settlers and Native American inhabitants. Exhibits depict the growth of Moab from a small agriculture community to the Uranium capitol of America and then to the adventure destination it is today.
The Virginia Fossey Mesozoic Room
The petrified dunes that form the spectacular landscape contain a hidden history. For nearly one hundred years paleontologists and residents of the Moab area have found the remains of ancient creatures. Dinosaurs, sharks, and other fossilized life have been found in abundance throughout the Moab area. Explore the ancient life off 100 million years ago and the traces it has left through interpretive murals and exhibits. For more information visit
Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch
When you enter the Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch be prepared
to look back over years of black and white filmmaking featuring our most
cherished actors and actresses, along with highlights from recent film
projects that have taken advantage of the spectacular scenery surrounding
In the late 40s the legendary John Ford discovered the rugged
beauty of Moab's Canyonlands and filmed the 1st of many movies here. The
first major motion pictures filmed in the Moab area were set on the Red
Cliffs Ranch. Wagon Master, Rio Grande, Son of Chochise, Warlock, Commancheros,
Cheyenne Autumn, and many more used the ranch and it's magnificent scenery
for filming. John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Ben Johnson, Rock Hudson, Henry
Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Lee Marvin, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, and Richard
Boone have all worked on location here at the Red Cliff's Ranch.
More recently Geronimo, City Slickers, Thelma & Louise,
along with other movies and over 100 commercials have all used the Moab
area as a location.
The museum houses memorabilia from the early films to the
present and is ever changing. Movie and western ranching themes are present
throughout the resort. The museum is self-guided and open to the public
daily at no charge.
For more information visit redcliffslodge.com/activities/museum/.
Paleosafari Moab Giants
Intersection of Highways 191 and 313, 11 miles north of downtown Moab
GPS: 38.671768, -109.686812
Museum of Moab
118 E Center, Moab
GPS: 38.573198, -109.548337
Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch
Scenic Byway 128 - Mile Marker 14
GPS: 38.680382, -109.447629