Moab SUP Overview
Getting on the water in Moab, Utah is a popular choice for most visitors. Paddling the Colorado or Green River offers a really unique perspective on the iconic redrock formations in this beautiful part of the world. These rivers offer a variety of experiences for every type of water adventurer, and that includes some great calm, flat water for paddleboarding Moab.
If you want to SUP Moab, you’re in luck! The Moab stand up paddleboarding scene is robust. Paddling the river on a SUP is a relaxing activity, especially great for the summer months when you’re trying to beat that desert heat.
Where to SUP in Moab
If you’re wondering where to SUP in Moab, you’ll be happy to know there is no shortage of destinations! Here are our favorite destinations for paddleboarding in Moab.
SUP Flatwater on the Colorado River
One of the best flatwater sections of the Colorado River starts at the Moab boat ramp, just minutes north of town where the Colorado River flows beneath Highway 191. This is the closest SUP spot to downtown Moab, and one of the best for beginner/intermediate paddlers. A nice takeout for a half-day SUP adventure is Gold Bar Recreation Site, about 11 miles downriver and just 15 minutes west of Moab. For a longer, 17-mile day, take out at Potash Boat Ramp, a 30-minute drive southwest of Moab. Sticking around for the section between Gold Bar and Potash gives you views of the large mesa Amasa Back as well as the cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park – both are stunning! This easy flatwater SUP trip makes a perfect intro for someone new to SUP or practicing skills.
Whitewater SUP Moab
If you’re looking for a little more splish and splash, there are also some places to SUP near Moab, UT that feature light whitewater. One of the more popular sections of the Colorado River is near Fisher Towers – a beautiful series of red rock spires that you can see from the river. This section features Class II whitewater rapids with fun names like Cloudburst, Whites Rapid, Onion Creek, and Professor Creek. Fisher Towers is upriver and east of Moab – about a 40 minute drive.
Labyrinth Canyon SUP Multi-Day Trip
Labyrinth Canyon is a perfect location for a multi-day Moab paddle boarding trip, with about 45 miles of long, flat, calm water. This is one of the most popular Moab stand up paddle boarding destinations, and it also features rafters and kayakers, so come prepared for some social water time!
There are two popular put-ins for a multi-day SUP adventure in Labyrinth Canyon. You can start at Green River State Park, which is about an hour northwest of Moab. This means your first day or two will be spent on the Green River before you reach Labyrinth Canyon. Another option is to put-in a little further down river at Ruby Ranch, a private put-in spot. The drive is still about an hour from Moab in the same direction, but you get into the sheer red rock walls of Labyrinth Canyon more quickly with this put-in. Both put-ins have associated fees for day-use and leaving a vehicle.
Most people end their Labyrinth Canyon SUP adventure by pulling out at Mineral Bottom, right before the river enters Canyonlands National Park. This take-out is also about an hour’s drive directly west of Moab – so however you spin it, you’re going to need a shuttle!
When to SUP in Moab
If you want to flat water SUP in Moab, you need to choose the best time of year for it. Most people visit Moab in the spring and fall because of the smaller crowds and milder weather, and these make great times to SUP. The weather is colder in early spring and late February, but it’s still a lovely time for paddleboarding Moab.
In the summer time, the rivers fill up with floaters of all kinds – kayakers, rafters, and SUP paddlers galore! Taking out your SUP in the summer season in Moab is an awesome way to stay cool – just don’t forget the sunscreen! Here’s what you need to know when you visit Moab in the summer, or any month!
Getting to Moab
The closest major airport to Moab is Salt Lake City, which is 236 miles, or about a 4 hour drive. Grand Junction, Colorado also has a regional airport, and is about 1 hour 45 minutes from Moab. Other major cities in the vicinity include Las Vegas (6.5 hours) and Denver (5.5 hours).
Moab SUP Rentals, Tours & Lessons
Most people don’t travel with their paddleboard, so you’ll probably need to find a SUP rental in Moab. TripOutside has the best outfitters for Moab paddleboarding rentals, tours, and lessons. Our Moab SUP guides are all four-star rated or above, and are some of the most experienced paddleboarding guides in the state of Utah. We take the guesswork out of booking a Moab SUP trip – all of our outfitters provide top notch service and safety. Many will even offer the option to combine your SUP experience with another fun outdoor activity like rock climbing or canyoneering in Moab!
Moab SUP FAQs
Where can I paddle board in Moab?
There are so many stretches of river to SUP Moab Utah. Paddle boarding Moab is exhilarating even if you choose to do a flat water SUP. The Green and Colorado Rivers offer plenty of sections that are paddleboard appropriate – some of the most popular include the Green River’s Labyrinth Canyon and, for whitewater SUP, the Fisher Towers section of the Colorado River.