Balance Rock in Arches National Park at sunset with people sitting at base.

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The Best Tours And Activities To Do In Moab At Night

The day is nearing its close, and you are wondering what to do in Moab, Utah, in the evening. Well, the answer is lots. From organized tours and activities to a good meal or a romantic sunset, Moab has it covered. During the day, Moab is filled with great outdoor activities: hiking, biking, and amazing national parks. But as the sun sets, a whole new world of activities opens up.

Surrounded by Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point State Park, Moab is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. You probably spent the day hiking the trails and capturing unforgettable photos of the natural wonders. I hope you saved some energy for a few additional activities as the day draws to a close. Here is a list of 6 things to do in Moab at night.

Looking for an itinerary for visiting all five of the National Parks in Utah that includes a stay in Moab? Check out my post 5-Day Itinerary of Utah National Parks From Las Vegas.

# 1 Capture An Amazing Sunset

Whether it’s part of a guided tour or a private picnic on top of a rock in Arches National Park, you MUST see a sunset in Moab. Sunset is a great time to capture the most amazing photos due to the soft light across the canyon walls and red rock formations. If you are taking in the sunset on your own, here are a few places to catch the best light and watch the sky glow:

  • Delicate Arch — Probably the top spot in Arches National Park to see the sunset. It does require a hike that can be strenuous (especially if you spent the entire day hiking already). It’s about 1.6 miles from the trailhead to the arch (mostly uphill). But once you are there, the light on the arch is phenomenal. But be prepared for a crowd, especially during high season; it is the top spot in Moab for sunset.
  • Grand View Point — This is the top spot in Canyonlands National Park for sunset. You can enjoy this without a hike and will find much easier access. Arrive about 30 minutes before sunset and sit back and enjoy. It’s also a great place to bring a picnic dinner and make an evening of it.
  • Dead Horse Point Overlook — The most accessible and ideal spot for sunset in Dead Horse Point State Park, which doesn’t require a hike.
  • Balance Rock — An accessible location to get a perfect sunset in Arches, and it does not require much of a hike. This location is ideal for watching the sunset over Balance Rock and the surrounding mountains.
  • Park Avenue — This location is an easy hike that will surround you with the setting sun’s warm glow on the incredible rock formations.
Brilliant sunset set sky behind Delicate Arch in Arches National Park
Sunset At Delicate Arch Photo by SoloTravelGoals from Unsplash
#2 Stargazing Around Moab

A bucket list item for me was taking in the dark night skies of Moab. Utah’s eastern region has limited light pollution, allowing the beauty of night skies to shine. This region is among the best places to see the night sky in the United States. Arches and Canyonlands parks are designated international dark sky parks, making them the best places to see the stars. On a dark night, take in the Milky Way, meteor showers, and other wonders of the night sky. Under the clear skies of Moab, it is more than just seeing the big dipper.

Sky filled with stars and a desert tree in foreground
Moab Night Sky Photo by Braxx Stapleton from Unsplash

The National Park Service often hosts stargazing and astronomy events. So stop by the visitors center during the day to find out what is offered during your stay. Also, check into Moab Astronomy Tours if you want a better introduction to the night skies. One of the best things to do is to combine a scenic drive during sunset at Arches National Park with a later stop at Park Avenue for a bit of stargazing.

Visiting during the full moon, don’t worry; you might not see the darkest skies, but you will experience an incredible event. It’s also the time to check out full moon hiking tours offered by the National Parks Service and tour companies.

Night time image of mountain in Arches National Park with stars
Park Avenue Stargazing
#3 Ride Moab’s Hell’s Revenge

A fun and unique sunset experience is to drive Hell’s Revenge. This is a 6.5-mile-long trail located in what is called the Sand Flats Recreation Area and is best experienced in a 4×4 or while mountain biking. You will climb petrified sand dunes and make your way through the fantastic trail which can be frightening at times. Near sunset, you will find yourself perched atop a rock dome, watching the sun sink below the horizon and finish your ride in the pink glow of the mountains. You can find drive-yourself tours and slightly less scary tours driven by an experienced driver. This is a great way to get the authentic Moab off-road experience.

Check out this Hell’s Revenge U-Drive Tour, you will have a great time. Not sure you want to drive yourself, then check out this Moab Xtreme 4×4 Experience, the guide was great.

#4 Check Out A Moab Brewery or Local Watering Hole

What better way to finish your day of adventure than with a locally crafted beer. Moab is a small town with many great breweries, including the Moab Brewery. This local brewery makes a good glass of beer and is located on S Main St in Moab. You can also check out Proper Brewing Moab (the main brewery is located in Salt Lake City).

Not a fan of beer, Moab has several options, the most famous of which is Woody’s Tavern, a true no-nonsense watering hole. Check out the bar that has been sculpted and carved over many years of use. You will also find fantastic bar food.

If wine is your thing, consider a visit to Spanish Valley Winery. Tastings are offered year-round, and you can enjoy live music on-site every Friday.

#5 Experience Downtown Moab

Downtown Moab has many dining options as well as shops and dessert places. Wandering the Main Street is a fun way to spend the evening. Slip into some of the small local boutiques, grab an ice cream cone, and discover the perfect dinner. From very casual to upscale, there are a lot of dining choices in Moab. Here is a list for all occasions:

  • Best Fine Dining: Check out Desert Bistro, Moab’s fancy restaurant. They have a great wine list, cocktail menu, and French cuisine with a Southwestern flair.
  • Moderately Prices: The Broken Oar is one of the best places for a meal in town and is a step above the rest.
  • Casual Dining: Check out Zax; they make great pizza, pasta, steaks, and burgers.
  • Fun Night: Visit the Moab Food Truck Park, where you can choose from 15 independent food trucks. Indeed, you will find something there.
Side of building in Moab painted like a postcard
Iconic Moab Street Art
#6 Take A Boat Ride

Take a ride on a boat on the famed Colorado River. Several tours operate dinner cruises, including a Sound and Light Show. You will feast on a cowboy-style Dutch oven dinner, float along the rivers until darkness sets in, and then experience a light show on the canyon walls.

Not one for a light show, check out the Sunset Jet Boat Tours, where you watch the sunset on the river and then have dinner. Experiencing the Colorado River at night is a breathtaking experience.

As you can see, Moab is just as fun by night as it is by day. From the incredible sunsets to the dark skies of Moab, you will find so much to do at night. So save some energy while exploring the National Parks to experience Moab.

Below are links and resources to help you plan The perfect trip

Travel Resources

  • HOTELS
    Booking.com and Expedia.com are great resources for accommodations around the world. Book almost any hotel directly from these links.
  • TOURS
    The best places to book tours and activities are Viator or Get Your Guide . From great food tours to guided hiking adventures to local walking tours, you will find great experiences to add to your travels here.
  • FOOD EXPERIENCES
    EatWith is a great resource for authentic culinary experiences with passionate locals worldwide. Connecting travelers with hosts in over 130 countries, providing unique, intimate, and immersive experiences in private homes and exclusive venues.
  • TRAINS
    Trainline is Europe’s leading train and coach app. They work with over 210 rail and coach companies to help their customers travel to thousands of destinations across 45 countries. 

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