Moab Music Festival

Moab Music Festival in Utah USA
No other festival offers a chamber music concert in cavernous red rock grotto or a 4-day, 3-night musical raft trip (with daily concerts) along the Colorado River in southeastern Utah’s Canyonlands National Park. Programs of classical, jazz, and contemporary music of the Moab Music Festival (Sept. 3-13) also take place at a ranch resort, an outdoor tent, and even a conventional concert hall.

Best Family Spring Break: Biking and Ballooning in Moab, UT

Hike the area’s many paved and slick-rock (smooth-ground) trails; younger kids love the quarter-mile-long Copper Ridge Sauropod Tracksite trail, where they can see footprints of three kinds of dinosaurs. Or rent bikes at Poison Spider Bicycles, and head out of town on the new 8.5-mile-long paved Moab Canyon pathway, which has longer connections to Arches and Canyonlands national parks.

Don’t Miss: Soaring over the red-rock canyons and dunes with Canyonlands Ballooning. Owner-pilot Lou Bartell lets kids “help” fill the balloon and explains the geologic forces at work below.

Travel and Leisure Highlights Cataract Canyon

After a few days spent floating past the sandstone cliffs of Canyonlands’ Cataract Canyon, you’ll think you’ve been gone for weeks. Meet up with laid-back river guides in Moab; then head down the glassy flats of the Colorado for a three-day trip back in time. You will pass rock strata 300 million years old and petroglyphs carved on canyon walls by the Anasazi. (Nothing like pre-history to put life into perspective.) Nights are spent on broad sandy beaches where towering red rocks are the only walls. The river’s current both lulls kayakers to sleep and serves as a morning wake-up call. There’s enough time for the energetic to hike to Indian ruins, isolated buttes, and otherworldly rock formations—and for everyone else to read by the river or just loll around. Worried you’ve grown too relaxed?Halfway through the trip you hit “the Confluence,” where the Green and Colorado rivers meet. In high-water season (May and June), this white water is some of the most challenging in North America. But by late summer, the water becomes ideal for even novice river riders.

- Travel & Leisure Magazine, April 2003