Boulders, Bites & Beyond: Uncovering Moab's Hidden Gems | It's A Wanderful Life
I was swept off my feet by the breathtaking beauty and thrilling adventures of Moab, Utah! From hiking the nearby national parks to discovering ancient petroglyphs on Potash Road, it was an adventure like no other. Nestled amidst red rock formations and home to a rugged portion of the Colorado River, Moab is truly a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Here's a glimpse of my amazing experience, including my stay at the charming Inca Inn and Motel, and eating at one of my favorite food trucks.
Moab is the perfect base to explore not one, but two phenomenal national parks. Arches National Park boasts over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the iconic Delicate Arch - a must-visit for any outdoor lover. The park offers various trails that cater to everyone from the casual stroller to experienced hikers. My personal favorite was the Devil's Garden hike, which led me through eight magnificent arches, including Landscape Arch and Double O Arch. Canyonlands National Park is another nearby gem divided into four districts, each with distinct landscapes and breathtaking vistas. I chose to explore the Island in the Sky district since it’s the most accessible and offers incredible views. The hike to the famous Mesa Arch during sunrise was an unforgettable experience. The vibrant colors of the sky complemented the arch’s natural beauty, making for stunning photographs and memories.
While Moab's national parks are undoubtedly its main attractions, I was fascinated by the petroglyphs on Potash Road. The ancient rock art, believed to be the work of the Ancestral Puebloans, offers a glimpse into the region's history and its early inhabitants. The petroglyph panels, some dating as far back as 1,500 years or more, are easily accessible via a short hike from the designated parking spots. Exploring these etchings felt like traveling back in time and was a tremendous cultural experience during my vacation.
Petroglyphs on Potash Road
After long days of adventure, the Inca Inn and Motel provided a comfortable and cozy home base for my stay in Moab. The family-owned motel took great care to ensure the rooms were clean and well-maintained, making for a pleasant stay. I particularly loved the southwestern decor, which added charm and character to the rooms. In addition, the staff members were friendly and always willing to assist with local recommendations, further enhancing my experience in Moab.
During my time in Moab, there were two eateries that stood out as favorites. Sweet Cravings and Bakery is one of the best spots in town to grab breakfast with friends before starting your next outdoor adventure - or grab a bagged lunch on your way out of town. Not only do they dish up delicious eats made from scratch every morning - but their pastries are absolutely divine. From homemade cinnamon rolls to melt-in-your-mouth buttery croissants. Be sure to save room during your travels because you won't want to miss out on sampling something tasty. Quesadilla Mobilla on Main Street is actually a food truck with gourmet quesadilla offerings that are not only delicious but they boast unique combinations of ingredients, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available. Their signature "Enchanted Chicken" quesadilla, complete with a sweet corn, black bean, and tomato medley, had my taste buds singing with joy.
When I wasn't out on a hiking trail or seeking out ancient petroglyphs, I spent my time strolling through downtown Moab. Main Street is lined with a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. During my visit, I enjoyed browsing local handicrafts and artwork and trying out different restaurants and cafes. The town's warm and friendly atmosphere was just the cherry on top of an already fantastic vacation.
Main Street Moab
Moab, Utah, has left an indelible impression on my heart with its unique blend of natural wonders, cultural heritage, and charming small-town vibe. Hiking through the surreal landscapes of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, experiencing the region's history through ancient petroglyphs, and immersing myself in the local community made this one vacation I'll never forget. If you're an outdoor enthusiast looking for your next adventure, look no further than Moab. Who knows, maybe you'll even find yourself indulging in a mouthwatering quesadilla at Quesadilla Mobilla, just like I did!