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Family Travel: Moab’s Best Adventures for Kids (plus a $500+ KOA giveaway!)

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Back at the Moab KOA, we showered (a necessity after the sand hill), cooked hot dogs and s’mores over our charcoal grill and explored camp. It was early-May so the pool was not yet open and organized activities like ice cream socials and pancake breakfast are only offered Memorial Day through Labor Day.

We instead had a heated horseshoe competition, swung at the playground, played ping pong and air hockey in the game room, bought souvenirs at the gift shop and did a round of miniature golf. Back at our basic cabin, the kids instantly bonded with our neighbors while my husband and I swung on the porch swing before settling down for the night in our heated cabin with comfy beds. This was, indeed, the [Kamp KOA] life.

Delicate Arch

Visitors should spend at least a few days in Moab to get a taste of its grandeur. We had less than 48 hours. On our final morning, we were vacillating between exploring Canyonlands National Park, trekking to Corona Arch (located outside of Arches National Park off Utah Scenic Byway 279) or hiking 3 miles round-trip to Delicate Arch.

We ultimately decided it was befitting when visiting Mecca to make a pilgrimage to its most iconic landmark. We started hiking Delicate Arch early before the crowds arrived, passing petroglyphs before the true ascent began. The total elevation gain is only 480 feet, but it seemed steeper as we climbed up the slickrock ridge.

 As we neared our destination, we noticed a small window, crawled up a steep ledge and had our first view of the arch, tucked away in a striated sandstone world carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion.delicatesm

Moab is legendary for a reason.


Mile High Mamas, Trekaroo and KOA want you to get outdoors this summer! Be sure to go here to enter to win the following fabulous prizes:

Grand Prize: 3 complimentary KOA Camping Vouchers good for one night apiece; including Deluxe Cabins, at any KOA campground in North America. $500 prize value. 

Smaller Prizes: 2 complimentary KOA Camping Vouchers good for one night apiece; including Deluxe Cabins, at any KOA campground in North America.  $300 prize value

Each voucher good for one free night, including Deluxe Cabins, in any KOA campground in North America.  Valid only for site registration fees including tax and extra people charges.  The vouchers are not applicable to store, food or activity expenses. No blackout dates apply.  KOA voucher(s) expire one year from date of issue.  Approximately Dec. 31, 2016. It would be important to note that if making advance reservations; a credit card deposit for the first night’s charges will be necessary and applied. There is no online discount code available. Vouchers are to be presented upon check-in where all credit card charges would be reversed at that time. Mile High Mamas participated in a campaign with Trekaroo and KOA. All opinions are our own and we hope to share many of our favorite family travel adventures this summer!

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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  • comment avatar martha June 15, 2015

    fun, fun trip! had no idea koa had cabins; will have to check it out.
    my favorites in moab: negro bills canyon. great hikes in that area.

  • comment avatar Sally June 15, 2015

    Lots of great rafting trips and jeep tours in Moab. Hurray Pass is great for families starting out on the bike. Nice tips and I agree, if you’re going to Moab for the first time, you have to do Delicate Arch.

  • comment avatar Jennie June 15, 2015

    All those years we lived in Utah and could have met you and NOW you decide to back to your old stomping ground! Promise me… one day we will go play there together!!!!

  • comment avatar Emily Floyd June 15, 2015

    Wow! I didn’t know there was camp grounds near Moab, pretty cool. I would love to visit Utah one day.

  • comment avatar Jennifer H. June 15, 2015

    I’ve never been to Utah. The pictures are beautiful!!! I would love to make it out there with my boys someday.

  • comment avatar Heather Morozov June 15, 2015

    Didn’t even know KOA was this nice!!!

  • comment avatar Lindsey Smallwood June 15, 2015

    We just stayed at the Moab KOA two weeks ago – the cabin was brand new. Such a great trip, we loved Arches and Canyonlands and the campground was the perfect mix of nature and creature comforts.

  • comment avatar Kaity June 15, 2015

    I want to visit so badly!!!

  • comment avatar amy deeter June 15, 2015

    Very nice. would love to visit Utah . i have never been there and going camping there would be a trip of a lifetime

  • comment avatar Anne Stewart June 15, 2015

    This looks like an amazing trip! My kids are a bit young to enjoy this sort of adventuring just yet, but we plan on heading west when they’re a little older. Moab looks like it deserves a spot on the itinerary!! Thanks for the tips.

  • comment avatar Alicia June 15, 2015

    Looks beautiful. Never been to Utah…would love to go there someday.

  • comment avatar Katie Bodell June 15, 2015

    I have yet to go to Moab. Thanks for sharing

  • comment avatar Cynthia Mercado June 15, 2015

    This looks like an awesome family bonding experience!

  • comment avatar Katie LE June 15, 2015

    I have two boys who pick up rocks wherever we go. They would LOVE visiting this park. Thanks for sharing with us!

  • comment avatar Carissa June 15, 2015

    Arches is on my list of places I want to see! KOA sounds like a great way to go!

  • comment avatar Jessica The B Keeps Us Honest June 16, 2015

    We are hoping to take our boys camping soon.

  • comment avatar Ashley Whipple June 16, 2015

    Moab looks amazing! THanks for sharing your families adventure.

  • comment avatar Kathryn June 16, 2015

    Looks great! Thanks for great write up and pictures!

  • comment avatar Kristin Goodson June 16, 2015

    That’s good there are clean bathrooms! I’ve never been to Utah, but your pics of it are breathtaking!

  • comment avatar Kaitlyn Brady June 16, 2015

    I’m a Utah native and after 5 years in Houston my husband and I recently moved back with our 3 little boys. But I’ve surprisingly never been to Moab and I’ve wanted to go for a long time! KOA there would be great!

  • comment avatar Lakehouse June 16, 2015

    What a great family trip!

  • comment avatar Carey June 16, 2015

    Sounds like so much fun…and great photos!

  • comment avatar Callie June 16, 2015

    Great time for family bonding!

  • comment avatar Brandi Malone June 17, 2015

    Looks gorgeous! I’d love to take my family!

  • comment avatar Kirsten June 19, 2015

    I had NO idea that Utah was so incredibly beautiful!

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  • comment avatar Dawn June 19, 2015

    Our kids would have an AMAZING time in such a beautiful place!

  • comment avatar Chantelle Walker June 19, 2015

    We’re planning on going to Arches National Park in several months! I’m glad you all had fun 🙂

  • comment avatar Dave J June 20, 2015

    Never been to Utah but it looks beautiful! Great pictures.

  • comment avatar Jill McHale June 22, 2015

    The Arches National Park is so beautiful!

  • comment avatar Lauren Drake June 23, 2015

    This looks like it was an amazing trip! One the kids will remember for a lifetime.

  • comment avatar kathy b June 27, 2015

    It really is hard to plan weekends when the kids are doing sports isn’t it? Thanks for the beautiful photos.

  • comment avatar Hollie Jahnke June 27, 2015

    Moab looks pretty amazing. I must plan a trip.

  • comment avatar Betty B. June 27, 2015

    Wow! Beautiful pictures looks breathtaking! I’ve never been west before its on my list!

  • comment avatar Neal Trautloff June 28, 2015

    Arches National Park looks fun

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