Moab, Utah, is best known for Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. While the parks are closed due to the government shut down, there are plenty of other family activities that are free in Moab.
UPDATE: THE GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN IS OVER, BUT THESE FREE FAMILY ACTIVITIES STILL MAKE MOAB A GREAT DESTINATION FOR A FAMILY VACATION.
Moab, in southwest Utah, has beautiful red rock scenery, and is on the Colorado River. Be sure to bring a good camera to capture the amazing views.
Here are some alternatives for Moab, Utah visitors during the National Park and Monument Shut Down:
Fisher Towers Recreation Site is open. You can go hiking or rock climbing here.
Dead Horse Point State Park has miles of hiking trails, including several pet-friendly trails. There are also mountain biking trails.
At Negro Bill Canyon take a 5 mile round trip hike to see Morning Glory bridge/arch.
It is a 3 mile round trip hike to see the 140 foot high natural sandstone arch, Corona Arch.
The Moab information Center also has free pamphlets for a self-guided Rock Art Tour, Dinosaur track viewing, hiking trails outside of park lands and a movie location tour.
Also note that while The Bureau of Land Management bike trails, 4×4 trails and campgrounds are open, there will be no maintenance of facilities. Bring your own toilet paper and carry out all trash.