Exploring Moab with kids

There is so much to see in Moab. It is the perfect outdoor playground. We took our three little kids for a quick 2-day trip, and they were in heaven.

We stayed at Red Cliffs Lodge, and had an incredible experience there. The resort is a few miles outside of Moab, in the middle of a canyon, so it is quiet, serene and has breathtaking views of the red cliffs and the Colorado River.

Plus, it was just a few minutes away from some of Moab’s best adventures.

Here are some kid-friendly spots we hit in Moab:

Morning Glory/Negro Bill Canyon:

This hike is shady in parts and crosses a stream in several places, which makes it a fun family hike. Make sure you wear water shoes and swimsuits so you can play in the water. The hike is 5 miles round trip, but even if you just go for a couple of miles, it’s still worth it. Learn more about this hike here.


Corona Arch:

The huge sandstone arch at the end of this hike is such a cool sight. Our kids loved all of the rock towers along the way, which help hikers stay on the trail. The hike is three miles roundtrip, and well worth it.


Arches National Park:

It’s well worth the $25 to get in for the day. Even just driving into this world-famous national park is stunning because of the gigantic rock features. Our first stop was Balanced Rock, then Double Arch and The Windows. It was the perfect way to go for our little family. You drive right up to the short trailheads and get to see some really cool formations. Then, we opted for the Delicate Arch Viewpoint. If you do decide to do one of the more popular arches, like Delicate, make sure you go early in the morning to miss the crowds. Devil’s Garden was closed, but we heard it’s a great one to do with kids because of you can get to so many famous arches in a relatively short amount of time.


Lion’s Park:

This new park in Moab is a great place for a picnic. The bathrooms are nice and clean and there’s a place to fill up water bottles with purified water. Our kids loved crossing the huge steel bridge and watching boats go by on the river below. There is also a really nice bike trail along the bridge that we hope to hop on next time we’re in the area.

Rotary Park:

This shady park is such a fun place for little kids. There are two playgrounds—one with musical instruments. The perfect place to bring some takeout.

Moab Jetboat Tours:

We saw these fast boats cruising down the river behind our resort and it looked so fun! We didn’t get a chance to do it this time, but it’s on our list for next time.

If you’ve been to Moab, I’d love to hear about your favorite hikes, activities and eating spots.



2 thoughts on “Exploring Moab with kids

  1. Gorgeous scenery!!!
    One day we will come over in the summer and do the canyons. I would love to go to Antelope Canyon. Have you been there??
    Looking forward to seeing more of your travel posts 🙂

  2. It has been years and years since I’ve been there–anxious to return! And you taught me about new hikes, so even more to look forward to now!

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