Arches National Park

Arches National Park

5 Things to do in Arches

UPWARD MOBILITY
Despite sandstone's soft crumbly consistency, the park offers a variety of excellent rock climbing ventures. Climbs here require advanced techniques. Permits are not required with the exception of overnight trips. Climbers are charged with the responsibility and stewardship to know park regulations and minimize impacts.

GRAND COUNTY AND SAN JUAN COUNTY
The lush alpine beauty of the La Sal Mountain Range provides a striking, picturesque, backdrop to the region's desert terrain. From red rock canyons to slick rock knolls, mesa tops and river corridors, the area's varied topography offers unlimited recreational opportunities.

1. WET 'N' WILD
Just outside of Arches, several stretches of the Colorado River here have some of the most exhilarating whitewater river sections in the West. Each section of the Colorado's corridor is vastly different, providing diverse whitewater adventures suitable to all skills and ages.

2. QUINT-ESSENTIALS
Wheels are in! The Moab area outside of Arches offers an extensive variety of trails for mountain bikers of any experience level, from beginners looking for a scenic ride through beautiful canyons and mesa tops, to seasoned bikers looking for the ultimate challenge. The area outside of Arches offers virtually unlimited opportunities. The park itself, however, is off-limits to off-road vehicles of any type.

3. ANCIENT MOAB
Follow in the tracks of dinosaurs, and trace the histories of American Indians through ancient sites that abound around Moab. Many fossil and track sites can be found in the area's sandstone, all only remains of a once muddy swamp. Boulders, cliffs and overhangs shield the remnants of many stone structures and rock art sites. The Moab Visitor Center offers more information.

4. ROCK SOLID PERFORMANCES
Musical and theatrical scenes are a refined contrast to the scenery of the great outdoors The September Moab Music Festival offers classical to contemporary concerts, while November's Moab Folk Festival offers contemporary folk music. Both feature internationally acclaimed artists. Moab's Community and Repertory Theaters offer annual performances. The Dan O'Laurie Museum of Moab features ancient to modern history, while the Moab to Monument Valley Film Museum showcases the area's movie making history.

5. HERE'S TO THE GOOD LIFE
Visit the region's vineyards and wineries where connoisseurs from around the world are pleasantly surprised to learn of Moab's fine beverages. Here, the long growing season coupled with fertile soils have long produced world class wines. Enjoy tasting rooms or take in a brief tour.

CONTACT: Moab Area Travel Council, PO Box 550, Moab, UT 84532; (435) 259-8825 or (800) 635 6622; www.discovermoab.com