What to take, where to eat, where to stay, what to do, and a few little secrets on the side. Not unlike your own personal Jiminy Cricket, (minus the worries of the little guy getting smooshed) the Moab Insiders Guide will provide you with all the essentials for a perfect Moab experience
Surrounded by an immense red rock playground, Moab, Utah is the perfect setting for a kid-friendly family outing–and Western’s Southwest Sampler provides just the right amount of adventure for the whole gang. You’ll get a taste of the “best of the Southwest” on this 4-day, 3-night getaway. First, you’ll spend 2 relaxing nights in luxurious comfort at the Gonzo Inn – the perfect location adjacent to shopping, restaurants, a city walking path, and only one block from the Moab Adventure Center. You’ll explore the wonders of Arches National Park and experience one of Moab, Utah’s most renowned adventures – an off-road Hummer Safari. Top it all off with 2 days of Colorado River rafting plus one night of all-inclusive beach camping and star gazing and you’ll return with endless stories and unforgettable memories.
DAY 1 »
Arrive in Moab, Utah on Tuesday and check into the Gonzo Inn anytime after 3:00 PM. Take some time to explore this unique Southwestern town and its breathtaking surroundings. Top off your day with a relaxing night at the Gonzo Inn. (Prices are based on double occupancy. Please select "single supplement" if anyone in your party will be staying alone in a room).
DAY 2 » Enjoy continental breakfast at the Gonzo Inn, then meet at the Moab Adventure Center (7:15 AM) for an exploration of Arches National Park with our knowledgeable guides. You won’t believe your eyes as you tour this one-of-a-kind place where over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and towering red rock formations blanket the landscape. After hiking and touring Arches, you’ll eat lunch at one of Moab’s most popular local bistros. At sunset, you’ll experience the exhilaration of an incredible off-road excursion aboard the worlds’ most serious 4x4. Be sure to take pictures because no one back home will believe where you’ve been!
DAY 3 & 4 » Check out of the Gonzo Inn and experience a 2-day Colorado River rafting adventure (meeting at 9:45 AM). On the first day of your trip, you’ll completely unwind as you drift between crimson cliffs on serene waters. Savor a barbeque dinner as you watch the sunset bathe the red rock landscape in a dazzling array of light and color. Then fall asleep to the sounds of the river under a blanket of innumerable stars. The next morning, you’ll awake to the smells of coffee brewing and bacon sizzling. After breakfast, we break camp and head downriver. Moderate whitewater, wondrous sites and a delicious lunch round out the perfect 2-day rafting adventure. You’ll arrive back to Moab around 2:00 PM.
Where and When to Meet
Check into the Gonzo Inn anytime after 3:00 PM on the first day of your trip. The Gonzo Inn is located just off Main Street in Moab, Utah at 100 West 200 South. (You’ll have dinner on your own the first 2 nights, so there is no problem if you’re arriving late.) For your Arches Tour, meet at 7:15 AM the next morning at the Moab Adventure Center, located within easy walking distance of the Gonzo Inn. Wear sturdy shoes for hiking and walking, comfortable shorts, shirt, hat and sunscreen. Also, be sure to bring water to carry on the hike, wear plenty of sunscreen, and don’t forget your camera.
"This expedition was totally awesome. Each of the events were managed so incredibly well. All staff I met were great. This company goes over-the-top with service and fun. I can't wait for the next opportunity to go again."
"Our family ranging in ages from 6 to almost 70 had a wonderful time on this trip. All of our guides were so friendly and helpful. There was just the right mixture of adventure and relaxation for all of us. The rafting trip was amazing, thanks to James, Scott and Jess who were great guides and cooks! We had some skeptics in the family before we left on the trip, but the Southwest Sampler quickly became their favorite part of a larger western vacation. We are already looking at future trips with WRE."