Fun Things to Do and Gluten Free Restaurants in Moab
Where to Start Your Moab Vacation Adventure
Stop at Moab Information Center and pick up a self-guided tour brochure. It’s a small tri-fold black and white brochure that’s packed full of all the tours the tour companies take you on, except that it’s free because you get to do it yourself and stop as long as you want at the different sites! Pick up a Moab Guest Guide for information and local maps on what to do. You can find these for free at any of the magazine stands in town. I picked up my copy at Denny’s.
In 1957, a group of civic leaders began to plan for a city museum, and in February 1958, the museum was incorporated as the Southeastern Utah Society of Arts and Science. Housed in a County building on Center Street, the private archeological collections from Dr. J.W. “Doc” Williams and Ross Musselman provided objects for initial exhibits, with more citizens' donations. During its first 14 months, the museum hosted more than 6000 visitors. Find out about the past rich in geological change, paleontological remnants, and human history that stretched from prehistoric cultures to Mormon pioneer families to out-of-town investors and miners with families. Spend an hour finding out how Moab came to be the town it is today in its 150-year history.
Moab Giants Paleo Safari Dinosaur Park and Museum
“Not only is it set amongst some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery in Moab, Utah, but it’s a unique experience of the ages. Make your own tracks alongside our state of the art, life-size dinosaurs in the land they called home! Moab Giants is the ultimate place to discover the past with cutting edge technology that feels like the future! Visit the newest dinosaur museum in Utah!”
Hole N” the Rock Roadside Attraction
Visit Hole N” the Rock, a most unique home carved out of a huge rock in Utah’s Canyonlands Country. This historic 5,000 square foot home and unusual gift shop and trading post are open all year. Take a guided tour of the home, and appreciate the rich history within its walls.
river tours are available from several outfitters. You can rent snowshoes and cross-country skis in the winter, although they really don't get much snow!
National Parks in Moab
Dead Horse Point State Park
From Dead Horse Point's prominence, 2,000 feet above a gooseneck in the Colorado River, an ever-changing landscape unfurls. Immense vertical cliffs meet with canyons carved by ice, water, and wind creating a visual masterpiece. Plants and animals surviving on the edge of existence face many challenges of extreme conditions within this high desert environment. Stories of ancient hunters, resting along the cliff tops while knapping chert in preparation for the next hunt, and cowboys of the late 1800s, chasing wild mustangs onto Dead Horse Point, using the narrow neck to block off the natural corral. What story will you discover on your visit to Dead Horse Point State Park?
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands invites you to explore a wilderness of countless canyons and fantastically formed buttes carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. Rivers divide the park into four districts: Island in the Sky, The Needles, The Maze, and the rivers themselves. These areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, but each offers different opportunities for sightseeing and adventure.
Check out Episodes 48 & 49, where I go into detail on all Utah National Parks, why I love them, and how to visit Utah's amazing National Parks!
Where to Stay in Moab
Purple Sage Flats and Moab Flats are two boutique hotels in Moab that have been completely redesigned in the past five years to a chic, modern comfy place to stay that features amenities such as kitchens in every room, laundry facility, hot tub and complimentary mountain bike use! There’s a picnic area and fire pit outside to kick back and relax during the warm summer nights.
Best Gluten Free Restaurants in Moab
Denny's Diner has a gluten-free protocol to serve food that is under 20ppm! Can you believe it? I love eating breakfast at Denny's 24 hours. I've eaten at different restaurants all over the United States and have never been sick eating at one!
Love Muffin Cafe for freshly squeezed juices and gluten-free baked items along with amazing egg dishes! Make sure to check out their dairy-free options as well.
Sweet Cravings has gluten-free sandwich offerings along with knowledgeable staff to help you navigate the menu and choose Celiac-safe foods.
Fiesta Mexicana has the gold find with a dedicated fryer! Their chips are safe so grab a plate for lunch and dinner. The staff is very knowledgeable and can direct you towards gluten-free finds.
Go to Moab Brewery for the best-brewed sodas as they create their own brews on-site. Whether you are in the mood for alcohol (don't drink the beer) or a soda, they've got you covered for post-hiking relaxation with a good menu.
Moab Garage Company is actually inside a remodeled old garage and has a cool atmosphere. MGC also carries a great selection of teas and coffees to start your day outright.
Sunset Grill is an upscale restaurant with gorgeous views of Moab and gluten-free menu choices.
Desert Bistro is a fusion restaurant whose staff is incredibly knowledgeable about the ingredients in their food, and they specialize in allergy protocol. The perfect date-night restaurant, Desert Bistro, has the most amazing gluten-free desserts that you can share with that special someone!
Moab Food Truck Park has a variety of ethnic and American foods. Each food truck has its own protocol so check with the server or owner of the food truck to verify which options are safe.
98 Center Moab is an Asian-Vietnamese-American fusion restaurant that understands what it means to have Celiac disease! I was way impressed with their staff knowledge and their mostly gluten-free menu, and the remainder of their menu can be made gluten-free—lots of vegetarian and meat choices, a great place to go for lunch or dinner.
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