If you follow us on Instagram you know we went on a road trip last month and it was absolutely amazing. I am going to be documenting the things we did in each stop and this is part one. Moab is about a 5 to 6 hour drive from Denver and the logical first stop on our trip. We left mid day and stopped multiple times for coffee... because 5 hours may seem like a short drive but throw in two babies.. one who is kind of potty training and yeah we stopped a few times along the way. This was our first time to Moab and I was so excited and may have gone overboard on the research ahead of time! SO here are 5 things we did with a 6 month old and a three year old along...
1. Visit a Rock, Gem, and Mineral Store - I might have actually had the most fun doing this but seriously Moab has the best rock stores I have ever been to. We spent a good hour wandering around and looking at all the rocks. Jessamyn picked out a marble egg to bring home and we bought a few geodes which was super cool. Basically this was little kid heaven and I might already want to go back next time we are in Moab. It makes sense that with the scenery and area Moab would have awesome rock shops and it definitely didn't disappoint.
2. Hike up to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park - I was kind of nervous about finding kid friendly hikes that were actually adult friendly too and this one was the best! I believe it was 2 miles round trip... I could be wrong about that though BUT regardless it was a pretty easy out and back hike. Jessamyn walked almost the whole way with the exception of when it was "too windy" and she needed to be held. I wore Ophelia in a baby sling and even stopped to nurse her twice on the hike. It was really beautiful and there were a lot of other people but not overly crowded which kind of made it nice with small kids. Also the view was amazing... like this is a gorgeous hike. One thing to keep in mind is the entrance fee to the park... we ended up buying a national park pass which is good for a year as with all the national parks we were planning on visiting it ended up saving us money to have the year pass rather than paying each time we went to a different park.
3. Drive Potash Road - It was rainy and super windy while we were there so going outside wasn't an option every day. I had googled ahead of time and was told this drive would be pretty... it did not disappoint. The road is not paved, and not necessarily friendly for all vehicles but we were able to drive it in our Rav4 just fine. It was such a beautiful drive and comes out close to Canyonlands so a super beautiful drive. We pulled over a couple times and let Jessamyn out to run around and it was just a really beautiful drive out to see a more rugged side of Utah.
4. Eat dinner and get gelato at Moab Brewery - This isn't necessarily a thing to do but we had so much fun at Moab Brewery. We walked over from our hotel and spent the evening just hanging out... there was a pretty good wait to get in BUT there is a gelato shop right there so Ben and Jessamyn ate gelato and we sat on the patio and just relaxed. The food was actually really good and Ben said the beer wasn't half bad either.
5. Visit the Moab Giants - I am putting this on here because it looked really cool but wasn't something we actually went to do... next time though for sure! The Moab Giants is a dinosaur museum with a trail that has over 100 life sized dinosaurs. I really wanted to do this because Jessamyn is dinosaur obsessed but we just ran out of time.
Lastly here is a list of all the places we ate because I am super picky about finding good places to eat on trips and none of these disappointed -
- Eklectic Cafe : Has very limited hours and was a good breakfast and lunch spot... super cute outside too.
- Love Muffin Cafe : Such good breakfast burritos and not bad tea either, really good morning spot. Jessamyn had a muffin and I may have stolen at least half of it because it was so good.
- EL Charro Loco : Seriously the best enchiladas I've maybe ever had... we were obsessed, it was good!
- Moab Coffe Roaster : Really good tea and they had a ton of other things too but I only ran in to get tea. It is also right across the street from a cute little health food store that I may have run into for a few odd things while we were in Moab.
Okay that is all I have! We are planning to go back to Moab this summer so I will definitely Italy update this when I have more BUT for now thats it! We spend a grand total of two days in Moab and fell completely in love... so easy with kids and so much fun. If you have any suggestions or recommendations I want to hear them! Comment below!