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Moab Rustic Inn Good location in the heart of Moab walkable to bars and restaurants. Basic but clean. The kitchenette made it easy to have coffee and breakfast in the room each morning. When I called and asked they were able to give a ‘special rate’ for staying 4 nights. www.moabrusticinn.com
Dead Horse Point State Park Flat hiking trails along a canyon rim means minimal effort for unbelievable views. Enjoyable as a hike or trail run. http://www.stateparks.utah.gov/park/dead-horse-point-state-park
Fisher Towers Hike I think we got lost finding what was probably an obvious trail head and parking area and am 90% sure the hike we did was in no way to Fisher Towers. But apparently this is a beautiful and recommended hike.
Castle Creek Winery Free wine tasting, sold by the glass at adjacent restaurant, food purchase required with drink by state law. The wine is OK, we got some munchies (local cheese and cured meats) that were GREAT. The highlight was sitting on the beautiful deck overlooking the river and watching the colors of the rocks change at sunset. www.castlecreekwinery.com
Cliffs and Canyons Full Day Canyoneering Tour Little Sinbad full day wet canyoneering trip. Transport provided from office in Moab. 90 minute drive to Canyon. 40 minute hike in and out of canyon. 3-4 hours in canyon. This trip was fun and challenging, the water was COLD but this made the trip all the more exhilerating. Guides were so friendly, professional and great. It was like a maze going through the narrow slot canyon. We had a blast! 8AM-5PM http://cliffsandcanyons.com/category/canyoneering/
Chile Pepper Bike Rental You know that moment when you tell someone you’re a beginner and just want a basic bike and she immediately starts asking a bunch of really technical questions on your rental preference and you can pretty much hear her rolling her eyes over the phone when you’re like “umm… just put me down for a regular bike.” Welcome to Chile Pepper.When we picked up our bikes, I asked for advise on what trails we should try and was told to talk to a guy in the back fitting up our bikes. The guy in the back silently pointed me to the map section in the front corner of the store where I learned that our $135 rental did NOT include a map, you get to pay extra for that. Lovely. There are other bike shops in town, your call.If you’re planning to mountain bike in Moab, reserve bikes ahead of time as they will sell out. Definitely spring for the $5 bike rack, the guy at the shop put it on the trunk of our rental car for us and I was surprised how easy it was for us to put our bikes on and off.Still blows my mind that renting mountain bikes for ONE day costs 50% more than a FOUR day car rental. Think about that. http://chilebikes.com/site/
MOAB Brand Mountain Biking Trails If you are a beginner, this is a good place to get a feel for what slick rock mountain biking is all about. There are a mix of easier and harder trails here. There are lines painted on the rock marking the trail, very easy to follow. I had to get off and walk the bike in a few challenging places, but it was a fun time.  
Klondike Bluffs Mountain Biking Trails When you’re a little more tired in the afternoon, head over to Klondike Bluffs which is easier trail riding. Pretty scenery.  
Delicate Arch at Sunset Yes, there are hundreds of loud tourists from around the world swarming around to snap an iconic sunset photo of Delicate Arch, but there’s a reason it’s famous. It’s stunning. Just go do it. Sneak a beer in, sit back, and enjoy the show.Be aware it’s a 1 mile hike in and out, and if you watch sunset, you’ll be walking back to your car in dusk/dark. http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm
Arches National Park The Devil’s Garden loop is an awesome hike and great way to spend an afternoon. You’ll be walking on and through the red ‘fins’ (I’m sure there’s a technical term for these) and past lots of arches that you can enjoy in privacy. I’m not sure if it’s because it’s a longer and more challenging trail, but there aren’t the throngs of tourists you’ll find everywhere else in the park, which makes for a peaceful loop hike.If you are able, I would definitely do the Fiery Furnace hike. The only way to hike in this area of the park is with a national park guide on an organized hike; this sells out in advance so book ahead. I did it as a kid an have vivid memories of climbing through the magical red maze of pillars and fins. http://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm