Done with New York? Had enough of LA? Florida lost its appeal? There’s plenty more to discover in the US than the usual city and sun destinations.
If you are looking for a getaway with a difference, check out these activity filled adventures to try in Moab, Utah, in early 2013.
If you want a taste of the Wild West and an adrenaline filled outdoors getaway, where you’ll experience a very different America to the usual tourist norms, the Moab desert in south eastern Utah is an interesting place to explore, even in the middle of winter. The Canyonlands and Arches National Parks remain open all year round, so if you are looking for a winter getaway with a difference, it could be a great option.
Check these winter options:
The Lower Utah Nordic Alliance (LUNA) maintains some great Nordic ski trails in the La Sal Mountains that are well worth exploring. For the extreme skiers looking to explore the backcountry you can even ski direct to 8-10 person huts in the mountains, with your water and equipment all delivered for you via snow cat (pictured, top).
Okay, not for everyone, but if you are this sort of hardcore fitness fanatic that likes running in the cold, then check out Moab’s Red Hot 55k/33k endurance trail race on Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 16, 2013.
For all John Wayne wannabes, Moab in winter is a great destination. John and Sena Hauer from Back Country Trail Rides can customise a trip to your liking.
If all of this sounds a little too energetic for your liking, there are more sedate activities. With pristine scenery Moab could be a great place to improve your technique.
Photographers Andy Biggs and David Forster have photography workshops in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks on February 20 to 24, 2013 and February 27 to March 3, 2013.
Clear skies and early nights ensure that Moab is a fantastic spot for star gazing. For the real fans Red Rock Astronomy can set up a telescope in the daytime to gaze safely at the sun. (Note: Special filters are required to prevent irrevocable eye damage.)