Many of southeastern Utah’s outstanding recreation opportunities are in the Moab District. Popular recreational rivers include the Colorado, the Green and the San Juan. Natural arches, Native American rock art and remote campsites are found in the San Rafael Swell, Book Cliff Mountains, Grand Gulch Plateau, and Dark Canyon Primitive Area. In Emery County, the San Rafael Swell is an oval-shaped uplift known to early geologists as The Red Amphitheater; many colorful geological oddities may be found there. Guided tours of the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, which is one of the world’s foremost dinosaur fossil sources, are provided from Easter through Memorial Day.
The Kokopelli Mountain Bike Trail travels 140 miles between Loma, Colorado and Moab, Utah. BLM’s internationally known Slickrock Bike Trail is also near Moab. The Canyon Rims Recreation Area adjacent to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, features spectacular views of the Needles, the miles of surrounding redrock desert, and the Colorado River. The recreation area also has hundreds of 4-wheel-drive-vehicle routes and hiking trails.