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With its colossal sandstone structures and scenic state and national parks, it is no wonder that Moab, Utah, is one of the most sought-out destinations in the American Southwest. The breathtaking landscape of red rocks and forests, along with the Colorado River's cool waters, arrest the senses with their rugged beauty.
On this audio tour, you'll find out why Moab is considered the adventure capitol of the world. From slick-rock mountain biking, to ATV exploring, or white water rafting on the Colorado river, a Moab trip is jam-packed with fun and adrenaline.
Let this TravelStorys KOA Moab tour guide you on your adventure. Starting at the KOA Moab, we'll accompany you along US Highway 191 through the town of Moab. From there, you will continue on to the entrance of Arches National Park. After Arches, the tour will guide you along UT 313 into Canyonlands National Park and to Dead Horse Point State Park.
Moab is home to two of Utah's mighty five national parks. Explore Arches National Park and its iconic Delicate Arch, as well Canyonlands National Park with its sweeping vistas and red rock formations. Visit the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands and you will immediately understand why it's called that. As you look down from the main road, you'll see red dirt roads 1,000 feet below you. If you want to attempt to travel those, make sure you have 4-wheel drive!
Around every corner, there's something new to explore. Whether you are interested in homesteading history, stunning geology, or desert wildlife, this audio tour will supplement your travels. We'll tell you about the ancient native people who roamed these lands centuries ago, as well as the dinosaurs that called this place home well before humans arrived.
This tour is sponsored by Kampgrounds of America, whose nearly 500 destinations around North America offer every kind of camping, from simple roadside campsites to premium accommodations and full-service resorts. Founded on the basic concept of the American road trip, KOA supports efforts to improve outdoor education and enjoyment.
In 1984, KOA launched a charity called KOA Care Camps, which raises funds for nonprofit programs that give children with cancer the chance to experience fun summer camps under medical supervision. This audio tour includes an option to donate to KOA Care Camps.
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You are approaching the Shafer Trail Overlook. You can see the winding dirt switchbacks that cut through the colorful sandstone walls of the mesa. The road descends 1,500 feet (457 meter) over 18 miles (29 kilometers). Indigenous peoples originally used this trail to access resources from the top of the mesa. In the early 1900s, a local rancher named John "Sog" Shafer moved his cattle from summer pasture on the top of the mesa to winter pasture down in the canyon. Shafer improved the trail and access to the canyon. The Atomic Energy Commission built the dirt road to accommodate trucks hauling uranium. Many of the recreational roads throughout Moab today were once improved by the Atomic Energy Commission to support uranium mining. As you can see from the overlook, the Shafer Trail is not for the faint of heart. While it is well-maintained, it is still very steep and passes over sheer cliffs. After a rain, the track can be muddy and slippery--and during a storm, it may be impassable. If you choose to drive the Shafer Trail, go to the Canyonlands National Park website for driving tips to navigate this dramatic passage. The Shafer Trail accesses the White Rim Trail, which is a 100-mile road that loops around the Island in the Sky mesa. The entire loop normally takes a few days by car or even more if you travel by bike. If the view of the Shafer Trail from the pull off is not enough to caution you, think back to the most famous scene in the movie Thelma and Louise. In Ridley Scott's 1990s classic, the heroines drive off a cliff in what was supposed to be the Grand Canyon. It was actually filmed in Dead Horse State Park, across the canyon from the overlook.