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Moab Giants Dinosaur Park – A First-of-its Kind Worldwide!

April 15, 2019

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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!



Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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!


Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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!


Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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.


Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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.


Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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.


Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

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 page.

Moab Taiko Dan

April 2, 2019

Moab Taiko Dan

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.

Moab Taiko Dan

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.

Pedal, Hike and Eat Your Way Through Moab’s Winter Season

February 15, 2019

La Sal Mountains in Winter

Moab, Utah is one of my favorite travel destinations–a scenic and wickedly fun adventure hub. While it lures visitors throughout the year, wintertime is a magical season to visit. I always wanted to see the red rock country in the winter, and I was delighted with what else I experienced during my December trip to Moab.

Arches National Park in Winter

Beat the crowds.

If you’re like me, you’ve probably found yourself in Moab on more than one occasion, racing for a campsite and hoping to snap iconic photos without other people in the shot. In the winter, though, Moab transforms into a peaceful paradise, sans traffic in town and loads of people driving into the parks. Furthermore, don’t be surprised if you’re the only one on the trail, and get ready to rub elbows with the locals. It’s a wonderful time of year to visit!

Moab Area in Winter

Dazzle at the landscape.

As I mentioned previously, I have always wanted to see a blanket of snow over Moab. The snow not only added contrast to the red rock underneath, but it accentuated the contours in the rock and brought out some beautiful definition. The La Sal mountain range in the distance was just icing on the cake. This was the perfect opportunity to nab some unique landscape photos!

Dead Horse Point Winter Sunset

Dead Horse Point Winter Hiker

Ride bikes.

This is Moab, adventure capital of the USA! Even 2 days after it snowed, there was still a trail we could mountain bike: the Slickrock Trail. On this otherworldly landscape of “petrified” sand dunes, we gripped and rolled over the smooth rock. A local on the trail told me that on a typical summer day, the parking lot is full and you can see riders in all directions. A December day? Only 3 cars! Multiple bike shops stay open in the wintertime ready to rent gear, tune a bike, or recommend a trail.

Slickrock Bike Trail in Winter


Dead Horse Point State Park should not be missed on any trip to Moab. The Colorado River far below bends sharply and disappears into canyon country. Approximately 7 miles of easy-going trail navigate the rim, offering views over the Colorado River, toward the La Sal Mountains, and over the many canyons in between. With a higher altitude, there is likely to be some snow on the trails, but it does melt relatively quick due to its exposure. Again, crowds are slim to none at this Utah gem in the wintertime.

Dead Horse Point Winter Hiking

Eat well… really well.

Many businesses in Moab close for the winter, but there are still a lot of establishments ready to cater to winter tourists. We ate healthy granola bowls at Love Muffin and Thai specialties at Singha Thai (definitely a local’s spot!). In the evening we feasted on wood-fired pizzas with homemade cheese, sauce and dough at Antica Forma, and local and fresh entrees accompanied by craft cocktails at La Sal House. We didn’t skip a beat eating well on this trip!

Dining in Moab

This article was created in partnership with Visit USA Parks.

Visit Moab Like a Local

February 8, 2019

Woman and child in Canyonlands National Park

There’s no place on Earth quite like Moab, Utah—it’s why millions of people flock here every year from every corner of the planet to hike, bike, raft, off-road, and generally enjoy the otherworldly scenery and unique terrain. In fact, some of us love it so much that we live here year-round. And while the Utah desert seems like a rugged place, you might be surprised to learn the environment is surprisingly sensitive. To make sure everybody—both locals and visitors alike—has the chance to enjoy our little slice of paradise for generations to come, residents of Moab are taking steps toward sustainability with the Moab First Sustainable Tourism Program. When you visit Moab, keep the following tips in mind to visit like a local and do your part to protect this amazing landscape.

Stay on the Trail

Hikers in Grandstaff Canyon

While the desert soil may look unassuming, it’s actually teeming with life. Biological soil crust (also known as cryptobiotic soil) is a major part of the desert ecosystem, and helps prevent erosion as well as trap nitrogen and other plant-friendly nutrients in the soil. Cryptobiotic soil is also incredibly sensitive, and can take decades to recover from even a few footsteps breaking through the crust. When you visit Moab, make sure to stay on established trails and roads—and if established routes aren’t available, do your best to walk through dry creek beds or on bare rock.

Leave No Trace

Most people with a conscience already know not to litter up the great outdoors, but there’s more to Leave No Trace than just packing out all your trash and recyclables. When picking a campsite, use a pre-existing spot rather than placing your tent on top of vegetation, and make sure to stay at least 300 feet from water to avoid scaring animals away from critical sources of hydration. And speaking of wildlife, make sure to give them plenty of room in general—keep pets leashed, and teach children never to chase, approach, or pick up wild animals.

Respect the Rocks

Moab and the surrounding areas are home to an incredible number of ruins, artifacts, and ancient rock art. While it can be tempting to get up close and personal, make sure to admire from a distance—and look, but don’t touch. We want to keep these pieces of ancient history around for many years to come—so stay out of ruins, leave any artifacts you find in place, and encourage others to do the same, so everyone can appreciate the wonder of ancient civilizations well into the future.

Bring Your Own Bags

MoabFirst Reuseable Bags

Starting in January 2019, the city of Moab enacted a ban on single-use plastic bags. It’s part of Moab’s efforts to help curb the use of disposable plastic products. Besides being a major litter problem, plastic bags also tend to make their way into waterways and oceans where they can harm animals, as the plastic bits don’t biodegrade even as they become divided into tiny pieces. Remember to bring your own reusable bags for any grocery or souvenir shopping, several businesses will have reusable available during January supporting the plastic-bag ban.

Drive Electric

Moab Recharging Station

As part of its new sustainability strategy, Moab now features 10 electric-vehicle charging stations located throughout the city, as well as four additional Tesla supercharging stations that can charge Tesla vehicles halfway in about 20 minutes. A recent study by the Utah Department of Transportation estimates an average of 13,000 vehicles at the intersection of Moab’s Main and Center streets—if even a small fraction of those cars were electric, we could save hundreds of thousands of pounds of air pollution every year.

Eat & Shop Local

Downtown Moab, Utah

Another great way to visit Moab like a local is supporting local businesses that have made a commitment to sustainability. Keep an eye out for businesses with a Green to Gold sign—the Green to Gold program is a city-sponsored initiative encouraging establishments to take simple steps to reduce their environmental impact. In the summer of 2018 alone, Green to Gold businesses in Moab saved over 850,000 kWh—the same amount of energy used by 136 cars over the course of an entire year, or the annual CO2 emissions from 68 homes.

With these six tips in mind, you’ll be helping the cause of keeping Moab an amazing destination (and an amazing place to live) for years to come. For more information on Moab’s sustainability efforts or to start planning your trip, visit discovermoab.com.

Need a Three-Day Moab Adventure? Here’s Where to Go!

September 20, 2018

With Moab’s endless adventure and sightseeing opportunities, planning a three-day getaway to Moab can be challenging. The good news is that considering a trip from mid-November on can make it much easier with reduced crowds, great off-season rates and unmatched solitude. Moab’s moderate off-season temperatures and changing scenic landscape, with rich autumn colors and snow-capped red rock peaks and cliffs, is spectacular.

Hike the National Parks

No matter the season, no three-day weekend trip to Moab is complete without visiting at least one of the two stunning national parks within its borders, Arches and Canyonlands. The parks are open year-round, and while it is possible to take in the wonder of the wild attractions simply from your car window, you should opt to hike one of the many renowned trails, like to iconic Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, or through the winding paths of the Windows Area. You’ll enjoy cooler hiking weather, fewer crowds, and the feeling that you have a national park all to yourself (and, you really might).

Visit Dead Horse Point State Park

While Arches and Canyonlands, deservedly, stand out when it comes to must-see Moab destinations, Dead Horse Point State Park, located near Canyonlands, shouldn’t be overlooked. You should especially consider visiting the park if you are bringing your four-legged friend, as it is largely a dog-friendly destination. Dead Horse Point sits on a high plateau and features a vast canyon rim where you can sightsee for miles. At night, the state park transforms into a certified International Dark Sky Park, where you’ll more than likely lose track of counting shooting stars. It’s also worth taking advantage of park staff-guided events like full moon hikes and star parties that happen on a semi-regular basis, pending weather and other restrictions (be sure to check at the visitor center.)

Arches National Park HikerFamily Hiking in Arches National Park

Take to the River

Colorado River RaftingRafting on the Colorado River Near Moab

The Colorado and Green rivers are responsible for helping carve the winding landscapes that define the Moab terrain, and there’s no better way to see the sculpted walls of the Colorado Plateau than up close and personal in a river raft. While rafting trips on the Green River typically close by the fall season, guided trips on the Colorado don’t end until late October, once water levels get too low. Fall is a preferred time of year for many three-day weekend visitors to take a trip down the storied river, as the later months offer a more mellow experience, without the extreme thrills that can come with tumultuous summertime rapids. Enjoy a rafting trip at a (relatively) leisure pace, giving you more time to admire the red rock pinnacles, wildlife and petroglyphs visible near the river’s edge. Rafting tours vary in length from a few hours long to multi-day trips.

Cover More Ground on a Mountain Bike

There’s a lot to see in Moab’s immense wilderness and renting a mountain bike (at any number of outdoor retailers on Main Street) might be the solution to exploring as much backcountry as possible on your weekend getaway. Seasoned mountain bikers come from far and wide to enjoy Moab’s endless trail systems, but mountain biking is meant for people of all experience levels, particularly when visiting with such pleasant temperatures. Are you traveling with a group with varying mountain biking experience? Check out the Bar-M Loop, a scenic, accessible beginner trail that’s open year-round and connects to several more advanced trails, should the experienced biker in the group wish to break off to conquer more technical terrain.

Mountain Biking near MoabMountain Biking on the Klondike Bluff Trail near Moab

Follow the Cowboys

Saddle up! Choose to go off the beaten path and step back in time to experience the spiraling towers and river valleys of Moab’s sandstone vistas on a horseback riding tour – taking the same paths as some of history’s most (in)famous cowboys. Professional wranglers will guide you through these scenic, open-range trails, which meander through hallowed Western ground and take you everywhere from the vast Castle Rock and Castle Valley, to Fisher Towers, to the banks and creeks of the Colorado River. There are a range of tours available, from 90-minute rides to half-day adventures. It might be difficult to take your eyes off the infinite landscape as your guide points out historic desert hideouts, along with more contemporary Western movie sets. Most tours run through November. (Cowboy hats not provided.)

To find out more visit discovermoab.com.

Horseback Riding in Moab

Food Trucks, Fancy Dining and BBQ: A Foodie’s Guide to Moab

September 20, 2018

Moab, Utah

After a long day of adventures on the trails, on the river, or exploring the national parks, a satisfying meal is non-negotiable. Fortunately, Moab offers a plethora of great dining options that belie its small-town status. With offerings from breakfast to BBQ to food trucks to fancy fine dining (and just about everything in-between), these five Moab restaurants are all worth a visit.

Desert Bistro

36 South 100 West

While most Moab restaurants won’t give you a second glance if you come in covered in a fine layer of desert dust, you’ll definitely want to get cleaned up a bit before visiting this fine dining establishment. The menu puts a Southwestern spin on classic French cuisine, with nightly game specials and fresh seafood flown in from the coast. Desert Bistro also boasts an extensive wine and cocktail list, as well as fresh-baked bread and desserts, all made in-house. Reservations are recommended, especially during the busy season.

Sabaku Sushi

90 East Center St.

If sushi isn’t the first food that springs to mind when you think of desert fine dining, you’re probably not alone. But one meal at Sabaku (the Japanese word for “desert”), and you’ll quickly realize that great sushi doesn’t have to be served anywhere near an ocean. With fresh fish overnighted in several times per week, as well as house-made tamago and anago, Sabaku will delight even seasoned sushi connoisseurs. Those with food intolerances will be happy to know about the gluten-free tempura batter, and thrifty tourists will want to take advantage of happy-hour pricing between 5:00 and 6:00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Fine Dining in Moab, Utah

Love Muffin Café

139 North Main St.

If you’re looking for a quick stop for some pre-adventure fuel, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than coffee and a breakfast panini or burrito from the Love Muffin Café. With a seasonal, organic menu comprised largely of local ingredients, there are also plenty of lighter options like house-made granola and quinoa bowls. Though Love Muffin may be best known for its breakfast offerings, their lunch menu is just as delicious, featuring fresh sandwiches and salads made with house-made bread, sauces, and dressings. And while the line can often reach out the door, the friendly staff keeps it moving along at an impressive clip.

Downtown Moab, Utah

Spitfire Smokehouse

221 South Main St.

Packing a serious post-adventure appetite? Stop by Spitfire Smokehouse for the best BBQ in town. Specializing in North Carolina style but dabbling in other disciplines, this food-truck-style BBQ trailer is open Wednesday through Sunday afternoons starting at 2:00, and serves hungry patrons the finest in carnivorous cuisine until they sell out—which happens on a regular basis. Whether you prefer pulled pork, brisket, ribs, or sausage, Spitfire combines finger-lickin’ flavor with nap-inducing heartiness. And of course, it wouldn’t be a proper BBQ joint without all the staple sides and fixins like house-made pickles, coleslaw, potato salad, and baked beans.

Moab Food Truck Park

39 West 100 North

OK, so technically this isn’t one restaurant so much as a collective of various mobile eateries, but the newly opened Moab Food Truck Park is not to be missed, especially if you’re part of a group that has a tough time settling on one place to please all palates. With a wide variety of mouth-watering food truck fare such as Red Wok Chinese Express, Tacos Gordo, Moab Waffle Company, Downtown Dawgs, Delicate Donuts, The Crusty Crab, and Big Don’s Pizza, there’s truly something for everybody. The shaded and misted seating area comes in handy during hot weather, and if you’re lucky, you might even be treated to some live music while enjoying your meal.

Food Trucks in Moab, Utah

Suffice it to say that Moab has no shortage of eating options; these are just a few of our favorites. For more information on places to eat, places to stay, or things to do, visit discovermoab.com.

You Don’t Need to Be an Expert to Enjoy These Stunning Moab Trails

September 19, 2018

While Moab, Utah may have a well-deserved reputation for some of the most challenging mountain bike terrain on Earth, recent years have seen the addition of scores of new mountain bike trails built to accommodate riders of all ability levels. Whether you’re new to Moab, new to mountain biking in general, or looking for a relaxed family ride, consider these destinations that offer some of Moab’s best mountain biking for beginners.

Moab Brand Trails

Moab Brand Trails View from the Moab Brand Trails

A popular mountain biking spot just a few miles north of town, the Moab Brand trails are a great place to get your feet wet (or dusty, more accurately). While there are several trails in the network better left for more experienced riders, beginners are sure to enjoy the one-way Lazy/EZ loop that lets riders get a taste of Moab without getting in over their heads in technical terrain—or having to worry about oncoming traffic.

If you’re looking for a step up difficulty-wise from Lazy/EZ, try your hand at the North 40 trail—the terrain is similar, but you’ll find more ups, downs, and bike-handling challenges through the twists, turns, and broken rocks.

mountain biking for beginners Bar M Mountain Biking Trail near Moab, Utah.

To get there, take Highway 191 about 9.5 miles north of town, and take a right on BLM 261. You’ll make another immediate right, then backtrack on BLM 261 for a half-mile before turning left on a well-worn gravel road that leads straight into the trailhead parking lot. In-shape riders who don’t mind adding some pavement miles can also pedal straight from town on the paved Moab Canyon Pathway, which connects to Seven Mile Flat a quarter-mile from the trailhead.

Klonzo Trails

Less than a 30-minute drive from downtown Moab, the Klonzo trail system offers a huge variety of mountain biking for beginners. Most of the trails are relatively short, which makes it easy to piece together loops of varying lengths to match your fitness and bravery levels (as well as easily redirect course, should you find yourself on a trail that’s a bit more of a challenge than you’re looking for).

The Klonzo network spans across both sides of Willow Springs Road—the easiest trails are on the south side, while the trails on the north side feature slightly more technical terrain. Don’t be nervous, though—the vast majority of the north side is still rideable by a beginner who doesn’t mind dismounting their mountain bike for the occasional tricky section. The entire area is well-marked, with plenty of maps, signs, and color-coded lines designating the route on the slickrock sections of each trail.

To access this trail network, take Highway 191 north of town for just over 12 miles, until Willow Springs Road branches off to the right. Stay on the main dirt road for about 2.5 miles, and you’ll see the main trailhead and parking area to your left. The first lot sometimes fills up—if that’s the case, stay on the dirt road for another quarter-mile or so and you’ll see an additional parking area, also on the left. A word of caution: the dirt road crosses Courthouse Wash, which may have deep, loose sand.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Dead Horse Point State Park The view from the main overlook at Dead Horse Point State Park is one of the most photographed vistas in Utah.

Dead Horse Point has become a can’t-miss mountain biking destination—the moderate drive away from Moab (and the nominal park-entrance fee) mean it’s less crowded than other popular beginner-friendly riding destinations in the area. The park’s elevation is also about 1,500 feet higher than Moab proper, which keeps the temperature about 10 degrees cooler—a real bonus during the warmer months.

Mountain bikers at Dead Horse Point State Park. The La Sal Mountains, Utah’s second highest mountain range, are clearly visible from Dead Horse Point State Park.

Beginners will want to start on the trails on the east side of the main park road; the Great Pyramid to Raven Roll loop is a great place to warm up, and you can easily add the Big Chief trail onto your ride to introduce some confidence-building, lower-intermediate rock features into the mix. If Big Chief leaves you wanting more, connect to the west side of the park via Crossroads and try your hand at Whiptail, Twisted Tree, and Prickly Pair.

Dead Horse point is about a 40-minute drive from downtown Moab—to get there, drive north of town 11 miles on Highway 191, then turn left on state highway 313. Follow the road for 14.5 miles before making a left to stay on the same highway (you will see signs directing you to the state park). Another 7.5 miles and you’re there—the trailhead shares a parking lot with the park’s visitor center.

Mountain Bikers at Dead Horse Point State Park Mountain bikers take some time to enjoy the view.

These areas offer a great taste of Moab mountain biking for beginners, and will help newer riders build skills and confidence (as well as their overall enjoyment of off-road riding). Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself daydreaming about your next trip—once you’ve ridden here, you’ll want to come back again and again. For trail maps and more information on mountain biking in Moab, visit discovermoab.com.