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Spend a 'Summer of Fun' in Moab

By Jennifer Stagg and Jed Boal | Posted - Jul. 18, 2011 at 10:51 p.m.


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MOAB — You might not think Utah's desert is the prime place to play on the water, but Moab, has got it all.

"It's just lots of opportunity to do different things — whether you are on your mountain bike, or in a jeep, or on a stand-up board, or maybe a kayak or a raft," said Don Oblak, owner of Canyon Voyages.

Oblak brought stand-up paddle boarding to Moab. It's a sport that pretty much anyone could do, and it's a great way to relax.

But if adrenaline is more your style, how about kayaking the Colorado River? It is the perfect way to cool off.

Back on land, you can have some fun and get some exercise by biking the area's famous Slickrock Trail.

"When people think of Moab, they think of the Slickrock Trail. Everybody wants to ride the Slickrock Trail," said Allan Poertner, of SolFun Bike Tours.

The trail was created for motorcycles, Poertner said, "and then when mountain biking started happening in Moab — back in the ‘70s, early ‘60s — people started riding their bikes here and it really took off."

The trail boasts some of the best scenery for bike riding in the world.

"They still are petrified sand dunes, but they were sand dunes by an inland sea about 200 million years ago, and it eroded down to what you see now," Poertner said. "It's like a bunch of sand dunes, but they're all rock. So it is like a playground for mountain bikes."

Tuesday, we plan on letting someone do some of the driving for us as we try out rock crawling. We'll let you know how it goes Tuesday night on KSL 5 News at 10.


Written by Jennifer Stagg and Jed Boal

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