There are thousands of miles of four-wheel-drive roads in and around Moab. The rugged terrain, with its hair-raising ledges, steep climbs, and smooth expanses of slickrock, is the perfect place for drivers to test their mettle. There are abundant trails suitable for all levels of drivers. Seasoned 4X4 drivers might tackle the daunting Moab Rim, Elephant Hill, or Poison Spider Mesa. Novice drivers will be happier touring Long Canyon, Hurrah Pass, or, for those not afraid of precipitous cliff edges, the famous Shafer Trail. All of the routes offer spectacular scenery in the vast desert lands surrounding Moab. Prices vary depending on the outfitter and the location, but you can expect to pay around $75 for a half-day tour, $120 for a full-day trip; multiday safaris usually start at around $600. Almost all of Moab's river-running companies also offer four-wheeling excursions.
Outfitters and Expeditions
Coyote Land Tours. The imposing Mercedes Benz Unimog trucks (which dwarf Hummers) of this tour company take you to parts of the backcountry where you could never wander on your own. They offer technical tours (challenging drives over and through imposing rock formations, washes, and assorted obstacles), plus tamer sunset excursions, and camp-style ride-and-dine trips. They stand by their money-back "great time" guarantee. 435/259–6649. www.coyotelandtours.com.
High Point Hummer & ATV. "Moab's backcountry is our church," says enthusiastic, wilderness-loving owner Lori McFarland. Along with husband Scott, the family has operated High Point Hummer & ATV since 1996. Tour the backcountry in open-air Hummer vehicles, ATVs, dirt bikes, or dune buggy–like "side-by-sides" that seat up to six people. They love families and small, intimate groups, and they offer hiking and canyoneering as well. 281 N. Main St., Moab, UT, 84532. 435/259–2972 or 877/486–6833. www.highpointhummer.com.