Not only is it set among some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery in Moab, Utah, but it is also a unique experience of the ages. Make your tracks alongside our state-of-the-art, life-size dinosaurs in the land they called home! Moab Giants is the ultimate place to discover the past with cutting edge technology that feels like the future!
This Dinosaur Park is full of attractions that both educate and entertain. The virtual 5D PaleoAquarium takes you into a deep-sea laboratory where prehistoric sea-creatures can be observed and genetically revealed.
You can also roam the desert on the outdoor trail with over 100 life-size dinosaurs. Get up close and personal with the Big Bang Theory in the Moab Giant’s 3D Theater. Last but not least, explore the Tracks Museum, which is full of interactive learning touch screens, games to play, and visually stunning exhibits that fascinate and educate. After a long day of dinosaur exploration, stop by the Giants Cafe for lunch or a tasty treat.
Experience the excitement and fun offered in both hands-on and virtual activities and feel the curiosity and wonder of being a kid again!
This virtual adventure takes you underwater with some of the biggest, unique and most dangerous creatures known to earth. From the friendly sea-turtles to an intense encounter with a Megalodon, this adrenaline rush is one you won’t want to miss!
Travel back through time along with a half-mile-long trail with more than 100 full-size replicas of the dinosaurs in the area and the footprints they left behind! The desert landscape also boasts a breath-taking view of Arches National Park, La Sal Mountains, and Moab’s geologically famous red-rocks!
The Theater introduces the magic of the creation and early history of the universe from the Big Bang to the Age of Dinosaurs. You’ll get the full effect of creation and prehistoric life in 3D before being introduced into the open landscape where things come to life.
INTERACTIVE TRACKS MUSEUM
The indoor exhibits use interactive, cutting edge technology to highlight stories about fossil footprints and their impact on dinosaur science and geology. Experience the stories and insights behind the marks these Giants left on the world.
Step into the life of a paleontologist! See how they camp, what tools they use, and imagine those stories told around the campfire! Learn more about the Moab Giants’ paleontologist who camped on this very land over 20 years ago, making discoveries that sparked the dream of Moab Giants.
Dig It Out Sites Along the dinosaur trail there are two different sites where you can try your hand at paleontology and discovery by uncovering the dinosaur bones beneath the sand with brushes and shovels. Benches and misters make it an especially ‘cool’ experience!
For more information on the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park visit our Dinosaur Museums and Hikes
The TAIKO, a traditional Japanese drum, is perhaps the most primal of all instruments. In ancient Japan, the TAIKO was the symbol of the rural community. The farthest distance at which the TAIKO could be heard determined the boundary of the village. Experiencing the primal sounds of the drum may serve to remind us of our unity in the much larger community of the world.
It is said that the sound of the Great TAIKO resembles a mother’s heartbeat as heard and felt from within the womb. To play TAIKO as “children of the drum” is to “play purely with the heart of a child.” (Kodo)
Moab Taiko Dan is a non-profit organization that brings joy to the Moab community. The group is under the instruction of Sensei Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan.
Annett Kearl, Ph.D. has been a practicing music/sound therapist for 29 years. Annette Kearl first brought taiko to Moab in October of 1994. Called “HenKei Taiko,” the group first drummed on old tires lashed to folding chairs, using 16” wooden dowels as drumsticks. They met in backyards, old warehouses, the old HMK School or any place they could arrange. Under Annette’s leadership, the group built their own “real” drums, which were very loud — enough sometimes to catch the attention of friendly Moab City Police.
When Annette left Moab in the late 1990s, the group worked hard to survive, reaching out to the national and international taiko community for instruction and inspiration. Sensei Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento Taiko Dan, who had been one of Annette’s taiko teachers in California, agreed to take, Moab Taiko Dan under her wing. This relationship has survived ever since, and Sensei continues to instruct the group in taiko skills and practices.
Here in Moab, one of the most interesting melodies is not created by the desert itself, but by Japanese-style drums. This music is in part inspired by the exceptional splendor of our beloved Moab desert. Japanese aesthetics greatly embrace the beauty of nature. The drumming produced by Moab Taiko Dan (MTD) pays homage to the human spirit as well as the wonders of the rivers, canyon, and wilderness.
MTD consists of Moabites whose love of this art form produces complex rhythms and melodies. Member dedication to their art belies their amateur status. Some members have been with MTD for two decades. Many members attend practices several times per week.
This is a unique group because it is made up only of Moab women and Taiko is usually made up
of groups of men. However, the MTD doors are open for all types of age and gender now they have 16 active members.
“MTD has for many years been a beloved part of many Moab events” explained Andrea Lombardo, who has been drumming with the group since 2015. “When the group drums for half-marathons, the runners love it. They can hear the songs, the beats, and pitches of our various drums for miles (thanks to the canyon walls). Our music encourages them to do their best. At the Moab Arts Festival, when the drumming starts, people rush toward the stage.”
A nonprofit organization, MTD’s dream, and hope is to keep alive this vital exchange of Japanese culture in our American desert setting—and have a lot of fun doing it. To keep drumming, MTD needs a new practice space, lets get going to help MTD to find a new home.