Have you ever dreamed of standing on water with your senses filled by the sight of magnificent red cliffs, your body warmed by a gentle desert breeze and your soul soothed by the sound of water dancing on the nearby shore?
Stand up paddleboarding is one of the fastest growing sports on earth and is an epic way to take in the beauty that you can find surrounding the colorful town of Moab, in the great state of Utah.
I have been coming to Moab for decades and have always loved adventuring on the Colorado River and exploring the surrounding desert. 5 years ago I discovered the amazing sport of stand up paddleboarding and never looked back. The first time I brought a SUP(stand up paddleboard) to Moab was in 2010 when a wild group of river rats decided to embark on a Desert SUP Quest and float on the Colorado river from Grand Junction, Colorado to Potash, Utah (just an hour drive west of Moab). It was a four day adventure the left us with a lifetime of smiles and laughter.
Since that epic journey I keep finding myself back standing on the Colorado River with friends and family taking in the phenomenal beauty of one of the most spectacular places on earth.
If you are ready to say “Yes To Adventure” and head out on your own stand up paddleboard adventure in Moab, the first step is getting a SUP and appropriate river gear. You can rent SUPs from Moab Gear Trader, (www.moabgeartrader.com) a Shaboomee rental and sales partner. Located at 300 South Main Street, Moab Gear Trade specializes in the sale and consignment of quality new and used outdoor gear and clothing for all ages. Shaboomee SUP rentals include an inflatable SUP, pump, paddle, fin, helmet and life jacket. Give Marshall a call at 435-355-0333 to check availability and he will be happy to answer any questions.
Now you have a SUP in hand and are ready to go!
There are so many amazing areas near Moab to go stand up paddleboarding. It is impossible to mention all of them here: but here are a few of my favorite stretches that are fun Class I & II Colorado River floats.
Fisher Towers - Upper Colorado Scenic Byway (Hwy 128)
On this stretch I like to put in by the Dewey Bridge Campground located on Hwy 128, 28.7 miles from Hwy 191. We take out by Hittle Bottom Campground located on Hwy 128, 22.5 miles from Hwy 191.
Check out the Fisher Towers hike located near the take out.
Goose Island - Middle Colorado Scenic Byway (Hwy 128)
On this stretch I like to put in by the Goose Island Campground located on Hwy 128, 1.4 miles from Hwy 191. We take out at the Moab Boat Ramp located just off Hwy 191 where the road crosses the Colorado River.
Check out the Negro Bill Canyon hike located near the put in.
Potash – Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (Hwy 279)
On this stretch I like to put in at the Moab Boat Ramp located just off Hwy 191 where the road crosses the Colorado River. We take out by Goldbar Campground located on Hwy 279, 10.2 miles from Hwy 191.
Check out the Corona Arch hike located near the take out.
Next time you have the good fortune to visit Moab, be sure to include a stand up paddleboard adventure on your list of fun activities. It is the ultimate way to get some exercise, share laughter and cool off with family and friends while surrounded by some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.
“Yes To Adventure!”
by Shaine Ebrahimi
Author: Shaine Ebrahimi is the owner Shaboomee , a stand up paddleboard company based out of Carbondale, CO. He is always striving to live life with an open heart and adventure seeking spirit.