Moab, UT

You don't have to be a mountain-biker to experience the arches, canyons, and rivers of this red-rock paradise.
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Slickrock Thrills

The balancing boulders, natural stone bridges, and red-rock mazes of Moab look like a cowboy movie set. But they once hid real-life outlaws like Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch. Today, Moab is still a backdrop for Wild West hijinks. But now, outdoor enthusiasts, not scoundrels, are the ones romping through its hide-and-seek scenery.

Mountain bikers discovered this remote outpost (a good four hours from Salt Lake City), when Moab's uranium industry went bust in the 1980s. Now, it's considered a slickrock riding mecca. But adventure seekers flock here too, for top-notch hiking, four-wheel driving, and river rafting. Even the athletically challenged come to ogle the scenery at not one, but two national parks.

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