It’s that time of year when Moab warms up and spring arrives. It’s one of the best times of year to visit Red Rock Country.
With these spring days comes more time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, the warm sun and see everything spring has to offer… flowers, caterpillars, birds, flowing creeks, and animals and insects coming out of hibernation.
If you are heading to Moab here are some fun activities to do with your tykes.
Spring Activities in Moab
Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail
Learn about dinosaurs that inhabited the Moab area and see their fossilized remains embedded in rock. This is a short easy trail with interpretive signs posted along the way.
Remnants of an old copper mill can be seen on the south side of the canyon and the remnants of the Halfway Stage Station are located east of the Dinosaur Trail. The Halfway Stage Station served the traveling public between Moab and the railroad at Thompson.
Scott M. Matheson Wetland Preserve
This wetland preserve is home to 200 species of birds, amphibians, including the northern leopard frog, and aquatic mammals such as the beaver, muskrat and river otter.
The preserve is located on the west side of town and it is a great location to allow your kids to run loose. Great educational material is posted at the entrance of the preserve.
There are a handful of trails and boardwalks that lead you to different viewing areas of the preserve and kids will have a blast exploring the maze of trails.
One trail leads you to the Colorado River and another takes you to a wildlife blind. In the evenings and mornings deer can be spotted grazing or resting in the area.
Mill Creek Parkway
This is a wonderful paved parkway that follows Mill Creek as it winds through town and empties into the Colorado River. Walkers, joggers and casual bikers are welcomed along the path. You’ll stroll pass the Youth Garden Project where numerous fruits, veggies and plants are being cultivated for the community. The parkway is mostly shaded with large Cottonwood, Hackberry and other trees. The parkway begins or ends at Rotary Park depending on which way you travel.
There are numerous hiking trails in the Moab area for all ages. You will find lizards sunning themselves on the red rock, wildflowers blooming and if you look around you might spot petroglyphs.
Moab Canyon Pathway
Start at the trailhead just north of the Colorado River and take the paved path south across the Colorado River. This flat path will then lead you along the Colorado River amongst beautiful canyon walls.
Bar M Trails
These biking trails are located just north of town and offer a wide range of trails for almost any ability. There are single track trails, as well as, wider trails for families.
During warm Spring days Ken’s Lake just south of town is a great place to visit. The lake fills from the snowmelt in the La Sal Mountains, which are 30 minutes southeast of town. You will find many locals and tourists enjoying the warmer days there. Fishing, swimming, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding and non-motorized boats are allowed.
Located close to Ken’s Lake is Faux Falls. A man-made waterfall with easy access to the top and your canines can come along, too. At the bottom of the falls is a small swimming hole.
Located in town is a dirt jump park where all abilities can have fun. Bring your tykes balance bike or mountain bike and let them test their abilities with the numerous hills, sloping turns and jumps.
Moab has three parks. Swanny City Park and Rotary Park are in city limits and Old City Park is out in the valley about 10 minutes from town. All three parks have playgrounds and large grassy areas for play or picnics. Mill Creek runs along the edge of Rotary Park and if you visit Old City Park bring along some bread to feed the ducks.
This is a very short list of the numerous outdoor activities that are available in the Moab area. If you have any questions or need any other suggestions let me know.
Get out and have fun!
Have you been to Moab? What’s your favorite activity or place to visit?