Rock the Red Rocks

Moab, Utah

Jan 4, 2006
Outside Magazine
Moab, Utah

Slickrock Dreams: Moab's favorite pastime    Photo: Oi2

The Inside 5

Pro climber and Moab local Steph Davis's perfect day: 1. Grab a go-mug of organic coffee from Eclectica Café, on Main Street. 2. Take a ten-mile trail run up Pritchett Canyon, along Kane Creek, to Hunter and Gatherer canyons. 3. Make a quick lap on Bad Rad Duality, a 5.10 crack in Indian Creek. 4. Cool down at the swimming hole in Mill Creek. 5. Join friends for dinner at the Desert Bistro, on the north edge of Moab.

Fresh Tracks: You'll never go wrong on classic Moab mountain-bike rides, like Porcupine Rim and the Slickrock Trail. But for something new, head 11 miles north to the Sovereign Trail, a motorcycle playground that's recently added 16 miles of sweet singletrack. Spin through a sage-studded landscape, drop off small ledges, blast fast descents, and hammer up heart-pumping climbs. Poison Spider Bicycles, 435-259-7882
Tower Power: Seventeen miles northeast of Moab, in scenic Castle Valley, 400-foot Castleton Tower is a sharp-angled sandstone monolith offering some of the airiest, hairiest climbing anywhere. Try the four-pitch Kor-Ingalls route (5.9)—one of the best climbs in the U.S. Pagan Mountaineering, 435-259-1117
Play the Slots: If slithering through shoulder-wide fissures of copper-colored sandstone, in chest-deep water, after a 50-foot rappel sounds like your kind of fun, head to the Cheesebox Canyon, near Blanding, 80 miles south of Moab. Bring a 100-foot rope and a wetsuit—even in summer—for this chilly eight-hour trip. Moab Cliffs & Canyons, 435-259-3317
Rush the Colorado: Fourteen Class IV–V rapids riddle Cataract Canyon, a 17-mile stretch of whitewater just downstream from the junction of the Colorado and Green rivers, a half-hour from downtown Moab. Go in May for the wildest ride, or try July for a toned-down trip. O.A.R.S., 800-346-6277
Big Air: Skydive Moab will take you to 9,500 feet and let you free-fall for 35 seconds, hurtling—in tandem with an instructor—toward the orange desert deck before pulling the ripcord. 435-259-5867
Go Multisport: Can't quite settle on one activity? Don't fret. Adventure Xscapes' Adventure Retreat will hone your rappelling, climbing, mountain-biking, trail-running, night-hiking, and kayaking skills. 970-259-7771

The Sorrel River Ranch Resort and Spa, 17 miles north of town, delivers Moab's only four-diamond accommodations. Enjoy views of the Colorado River to the west and Castleton Tower to the east. Sports massage, a cedar-filled sauna, and spa treatments are available after your four-course organic meal. Doubles, $279; 877-317-8244
Make advance base camp at Beef Basin, 60 miles south of Moab, where you'll be a five-minute drive from hundreds of crack climbs and 15 minutes from Canyonlands National Park.
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