Recreation

Campsite at Hittle Bottom

The Public Lands administered by the Moab Field Office comprise an internationally recognized recreation destination. The extraordinarily scenic and diverse landscape, the accessibility of two major river systems (the Colorado and Green Rivers), the presence of interesting cultural and paleontological resources, and the opportunities for a wide range of recreational activities have made the Moab area very popular for those seeking outdoor experiences. Recreational opportunities range from casual sightseeing and hiking to more physically demanding activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, and river running.

Visit the Canyonlands Natural History Association website to purchase maps and books of the area.


In general, the Moab Field Office experiences a high number of seasonal visitors and an intense demand for recreational activities. Busy seasons include both spring and fall, with spring bringing the most visitors to the area. Visitation occurs throughout the year, with the spring season beginning in February and lasting through May, and the fall season running from September through November. Spring and fall visitors engage in the full range of recreation activities, including scenic driving, camping, hiking, jeeping, mountain biking, canoeing and rafting, rock climbing, off-highway vehicle (OHV) and dirt bike riding, and horseback riding. Summer visitation is mainly associated with touring the nearby National Parks (Arches and Canyonlands) and with river-related activities. However, the summer season also brings large numbers of visitors, who engage in sightseeing activities such as driving through the public lands and viewing the landscape from scenic overlooks, and some hiking and biking.

To balance recreation use with the long term protection of the Moab area’s outstanding recreational, natural, and scenic resources, the Moab Field Office has constructed recreation sites designed to facilitate public used, marked the routes of popular roads and trails, and implemented limitations upon certain uses. These management actions apply to the Colorado, Green, and Dolores rivers, to public land areas near Moab, and to certain other sensitive or high value areas.

For more information and to help you plan your trip, please see the following links:

Recreation Activities

Know Before You Go

Please Note

Paleontological resources are known to be present. Treat these resources with respect; it is illegal to remove them without a permit. The Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009 protect them for the benefit of all Americans. Any person who, without authorization, excavates, removes, damages, or otherwise alters or defaces any paleontological resource located on the public lands of the United States is subject to arrest and penalty of law.

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