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Three Perfect Days in Moab, Utah

Those magazine and newspaper articles about three perfect days somewhere in the world remind that planning ahead may be preferred to winging it on vacations.

One of the world's great natural playgrounds graced with a rugged entrepreneurial spirit, Moab, UT, offers infinite permutations of three perfect days; however the local experts at Moab Adventure Center offer their own favorites for all to consider.

"Every visitor to Moab has a different reason for coming here and that's what makes this place so appealing! There's no limit to the many ways you can enjoy it. We have offered our suggestions for three perfect days in and around Moab but I have to believe there are a thousand more combinations one can experience. Just follow your dreams and desires and come see how Moab has become THE hippest town in Utah!" says Jamie Pearce, Manager, Moab Adventure Center (

Pearce challenged her staff to come up with their thoughts on three perfect days that can be interpolated by guests' specific interests.

Arrive in Moab late in the day after connecting to Moab's Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY) through Salt Lake City. Take a taxi into town. From there everything is pretty much walking distance. Book a room for four nights at The Gonzo Inn. This hip accommodation is designed with comfort and fun in mind.

"Gonzo's eclectic expression of Southwestern influences, retro 70's and industrial era is entertaining and tantalizing to the senses," Pearce says.

Day 1 Enjoy a complimentary Continental breakfast with an espresso at the Gonzo before an 8 a.m. meet-up for a full day raft trip down the Colorado River experiencing such rapids as Onion Creek, Cloudburst, Ida Gulch and the famous Whites Rapid. There's plenty of time to relax and swim, followed by a cowboy BBQ lunch at Red Cliffs Ranch. Waterful options include speeding down the river on paddle rafts, inflatable kayaks or occupying a seat in an oar boat. By 4 p.m. guests return to Gonzo Inn in time to freshen up for dinner. A local favorite is The Moab Brewery (686 S Main St) Moab's only microbrewery where Dead Horse Ale by the pint is preferred by hops aficionados.

Day 2 begins at 7 a.m. with a cup of Joe at Red Rock Bakery & Café (74 S Main St) before a 7:30 a.m. meet-up with your guide at Moab Adventure Center (225 S Main St) for a hike into the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park. Accessed only when accompanied by an experienced guide, this hike twists and turns among contorted orange-tan fins, towers, spires and arches. Hikers return to town at 12:30 p.m. in time to satisfy appetites at Sweet Cravings (397 N. Main St.). After fueling up, Moab's shops and galleries beckon: The day comes to a dramatic conclusion with a Jetboat trip down the Colorado River to reach a Dutch oven dinner served on a pristine beach followed by a choreographed light show with music on the slow return to town.

Day 3 finds adventurers at 7 a.m. waking up at a favorite coffee shop in preparation for a 7:30 a.m. adrenalin rush at the Ravens Rim Zipline Adventure, a two-hour journey along a series of six steel cables over multicolored natural fins, canyons and washes. Lunch and smoothies follow at Peace Tree (20 S. Main St.). And then comes a one-hour spa treatment at Spa Moab (79 N. Main St.). (If guests mention 'Moab Adventure Center's 'Three Perfect Days' they receive a 10 percent discount!). Then on a Sunset Hummer safari guests wander for three hours through the wonders of canyon country, toasting with hors d'oeuvres at a lookout under the final rays of the desert sun. Dinner tonight is a gourmet experience at Desert Bistro (36 South, 100 West) where adventurous Southwestern fare is served in a relaxed, historic environment.

The next morning is a taxi shuttle back to the airport for morning flights home, connecting through Salt Lake City.

Located on Moab's main drag, Moab Adventure Center provides the following services year-round:

Hummer tours -

Arches tours -

Horseback rides -

Scenic Flights -

Private/Custom Tours -

Do-It-Yourself Jeep Rentals -

And In Season:

"Our team knows the ins and outs of the region's mountains, canyons and national parks and we can mix and match suggestions for both independent and guided activities to match visitor abilities, budgets and interests," adds Pearce.

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