EAT

Crushing in Edward Abbey land requires calories. For a pre-adventure fuel-up, head downtown to the Love Muffin Cafe (lovemuffincafe.com), where you’ll find delicious breakfast and lunch menu items made with fresh ingredients. Pick from eight different flavorful breakfast burritos or one of the many gluten-free or vegetarian dishes this locals-approved eatery serves up. For that post-ride meal and cold beer, get to the Moab Brewery (themoabbrewery.com). The decor at this funky joint channels bike culture and you can’t go wrong with a half-pound pub burgers (that cost under $10) washed down with craft beer.

SLEEP

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages 24 campsites in the Moab area, and six state park, national park and national forest campgrounds. These campsites fill quickly and most don’t take reservations, so arrive early to guarantee a spot. Visit discovermoab.com for a full list of campsites in the area. If pillows and running water are more your style, check out Cali Cochitta Bed & Breakfast (moabdreaminn.com). This historic B&B features six budget-friendly rooms, with nightly rates ranging from $95 to $190.

 

PLAY

We don’t need to tell you that Moab is home to some of the best mountain biking on the planet. Take a bite out of an epic like the Whole Enchilada (a trail system of 25-miles of downhill mountain biking from the La Sal Mountains to the Colorado River), or try new classics like Captain Ahab. But there’s more than mountain biking here: Arches National Park boasts some of the most rewarding hike-to views in the country. If you want the perfect family hike, explore the sandstone formations and slots in the leisurely Windows in Arches.

—Tyra Sutak