Moab Landdscapes

Visiting Moab with Kids: The Ultimate Guide

Moab is the perfect destination for blending adventure, wellness, and family time. It’s an outdoor playground where you and your family can connect with nature and each other. There’s plenty to do to keep everyone entertained, and with upscale amenities, you’ll leave feeling rejuvenated instead of tired out after your trip. Here’s our guide to visiting Moab with kids, from where to stay, what to do, and how to enjoy precious time together in nature.

What To Do in Moab With Kids

From hiking and biking to splashing and discovering, Moab offers countless family activities. Here are some highlights that will make your trip to Moab with kids unforgettable.

Visit Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a must-see. Begin at the Visitor’s Center to watch a short film about the formation of the park’s iconic arches. Enroll your kids in the Junior Ranger program—an educational and fun way for them to engage with the park. After completing a few activities and logging them in the Junior Ranger booklet, they can receive a Junior Ranger badge from a park ranger.

Take family-friendly hikes like the Delicate Arch, Devil’s Garden, or Landscape Arch trails. For a more leisurely experience, drive the Arches Scenic Drive to see many of the park’s highlights from viewpoints. Stop for a picnic near Landscape Arch, where your kids can scramble on the slickrock, climb rock fins, and explore the boulders. Be sure to snap photos to capture their big smiles and the joy of discovery.

Walk Among Life-Sized Dinosaurs at Moab Giants Museum

Moab Giants Museum offers an incredible experience for dinosaur enthusiasts. Explore the outdoor walking trail with life-size dinosaur replicas, or head indoors to the Tracks Museum to learn about fossilized footprints. Don’t miss the 3-D movie that takes you back to the age of dinosaurs millions of years ago. This adventure will surely spark your children’s imagination and curiosity and entertain the whole family.

Visit Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park, the less-visited sister park of Arches, is equally stunning in its own way. Start your adventure in the Island in the Sky District with a 1-mile round trip hike to Mesa Arch, a breathtaking sunrise or sunset spot offering spectacular views over the park. Continue the journey by driving to Grand View Point Overlook, where you can take in panoramic views of the canyons below. A short, easy trail extends from the overlook, providing more vantage points and photo opportunities.

Raft on the Colorado River

For a family-friendly water adventure, try a half-day rafting trip on the Colorado River. The gentle rapids on the daily section of the river make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. Enjoy the astounding beauty of canyon country while your guide rows you down the Colorado River, or you can join in by paddling along.

See Ancient Rock Art and Dinosaur Tracks

Moab has several sites where you can view ancient petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks. Courthouse Wash, easily accessible from town, features impressive Native American rock art panels. On the Potash Scenic Drive, you’ll find petroglyphs and dinosaur tracks along the roadside, with a short hike required to see the dino tracks. Check out our guide to Dinosaur Tracks in Moab and Where to Find Them for more sites to explore.

Splash Around at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center

Cool off at the Moab Recreation and Aquatic Center. With outdoor pools open from mid-May to the end of September, there are options for kids of all ages. The center includes small child pools, a flowing waterfall, a lap pool for adults, lounge chairs, and an indoor pool with a giant covered waterslide. It’s the perfect place for kids to play and parents to relax.

Mountain Bike in Dead Horse Point State Park

Discover why Moab is a premier biking destination by exploring the Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse Point State Park. Choose from three loops that cater to different skill levels: the easy 1-mile Intrepid Trail loop, the 4-mile Great Pyramid Trail loop, and the challenging 9-mile Big Chief Trail. Enjoy incredible views of Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River as you ride on slickrock and through sandy washes. There are several bike rental outfitters in Moab.

Explore the Moab Rock Shop

Visit the Moab Rock Shop to see a vast collection of rocks from around the world. Spend time marveling at the different types of stones and gems and pick a few to take home as souvenirs. 

Go on a Sunset Hummer Safari

For an unforgettable experience, take a scenic off-roading adventure. This activity best suits older kids and offers a unique way to explore Moab’s stunning landscapes. Riding through the desert in an open-air vehicle, you'll navigate slickrock trails, climb steep sandstone hills and witness breathtaking views that few get to see. Make sure to look for dinosaur tracks on the rock's surface.

Gaze at Countless Stars 

Daytime in the desert is only half the adventure. Moab offers some of the darkest skies at night, perfect for stargazing. Use a star chart or mobile app to identify star formations and planets. Lying under the vast sky, surrounded by stars, is a calming and bonding experience for the entire family before cozying up in bed at night.

Family-Friendly Restaurants in Moab

Moab offers a variety of dining options to suit all tastes, from on-the-go options to sit-down dining with spectacular views:

Moab Food Truck Park offers a variety of food trucks with different cuisines, perfect for families looking to satisfy different palates.

Fiesta Mexicana serves delicious Mexican food, providing a vibrant and flavorful dining experience.

Moab Diner provides a vintage dining experience with thick milkshakes, making it a nostalgic treat for both kids and adults. It's the perfect treat on a warm day.

Moab Canyon Pizza is known for serving some of the best pizzas in town, sure to satisfy even the pickiest eaters.

Cowboy Grill offers upscale dining with stunning views of the Colorado River, ideal for a memorable family meal.

ULUM Moab provides a one-of-a-kind culinary experience in a natural setting, where wholesome and delicious foods fuel adventures. Enjoy meals on the terrace or in the indoor lounge with views of Looking Glass Arch, or have them prepared for your on-the-go excursions.

Tips for Visiting Moab With Kids

  • Give Yourself Enough Time: Take time to relax and enjoy. While you can see the highlights in two to three days, four to five days allow for a more relaxed pace, letting you savor slow mornings and full breakfasts. Having a day with no agenda to relax, recharge, and soak it all in is especially nice before heading home.
  • Visit During Spring and Fall: The best times to visit are from May to early June and September to October, during shoulder seasons when temperatures are mild and crowds are fewer.
  • Fly In and Out of Salt Lake City or Denver: Moab is about a four-hour drive from Salt Lake City and a six-hour drive from Denver, the closest major airports. Renting a car is essential for your visit if you're not road-tripping from home, as there is no public transportation in the national parks.
  • Bring Sun Protection: Ensure you have lightweight clothing, sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats to prevent sunburn. 
  • Hiking with Little Ones: When small children get tired, a hiking baby carrier is great. It allows you to carry them on your back for the rest of the hike. Plan shorter hikes and take plenty of breaks, bringing water and healthy snacks to keep everyone happy.

Where to Stay in Moab for Family-Friendly Accommodations

ULUM Moab is the perfect family accommodation for luxury and comfort, designed to create memories in close connection with nature. With amenities and activities that cater to the whole family, parents can relax and enjoy the experience as much as the kids.

Stay in spacious private suite tents with plush beds that sleep up to four people and full bathrooms, ensuring a comfortable retreat. Enjoy hot and cold dipping pools for relaxation, delicious on-site dining, and nightly s’mores under the stars to end your day with a sweet treat.

We offer a range of complimentary activities that foster connection and fun for everyone. These are just a few of the activities available. Check with the front desk for the schedule during your visit:

  • Daily Guided Yoga: Start your day with relaxation on a deck overlooking Looking Glass Arch. Yoga mats are provided, making it easy for parents to unwind while kids join in or enjoy nearby activities.
  • Homemade Soap Making: Engage in a hands-on workshop where your family can learn the art of soap making using organic ingredients, creating personalized souvenirs to take home.
  • Jewelry Making: Create your own pieces using crystals and gemstones from the American Southwest. This activity is perfect for kids and parents to express their creativity together.
  • Paint Night: Unleash your inner artist with a one-hour paint class, learning to paint Looking Glass Arch with acrylic paints and a canvas to take home to remember your experience.
  • Nightly S’mores: Gather by the fire at sunset for a perfect sweet treat. This beloved tradition brings everyone together to share stories and laughter under the stars.

Plan your visit to Moab, where each day brings new adventures and every evening offers a chance to connect and reflect on your incredible experiences together. Embrace the magic of this stunning desert landscape and create family moments that will be cherished for years to come.

Reserve Your Stay