Amazing red rock landscapes, the Colorado River, two national parks, and good weather year-round make Moab one of the premier outdoor recreation areas in the United States. Moab is especially known as a mountain biking, trail running, and rock climbing mecca. Our guide to running in Moab is more focused on more accessible road running and some moderate trail running. But there are also hundreds of miles of challenging, technical trail running here too, evidenced by the number of trail races, ultras, and the like.
Some of the best places to run in Moab are along the growing network of paved multi-use paths, including Mill Creek Parkway, the Moab Canyon Pathway, and along Highway 128 around Lion’s Park. There’s great, flat running along the Colorado River on Kanes Creek Blvd. and Highway 279. For some gentle trail runs on a plateau with great views, head to Dead Horse Point State Park. Our guide also features running highlights in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
Important Notes for Running in this Area: Weather can be very hot and dry in summer. And when it rains, there can be flash floods. Hydrate accordingly. Be aware of the nearly mile-high elevation. The rock around here is not called ‘slick rock’ for nothing! When running the trails, be aware of the potential for wildlife.