Favorite small towns for getting outdoors

Bike, hike, raft, climb ― these towns welcome adrenaline junkies

Moab Arches
Photo: Brown Cannon III


Population: 325

What a house costs: $345,420

The Sierra gold-mining town hosts the annual Downieville Downhill mountain bike race.

Info  sierracountychamber.net

Hood River, OR

Population: 6,736

What a house costs: $318,500

East of Portland, the windsurfing capital of the continental United States also has some of the world’s best fruit.

Info  hoodriver.org


Population: 8,158

What a house costs: $369,000

Acres of pristine ranchlands, ocean vistas from nearby hills, plus Merriman’s, one of Hawaii’s best restaurants.

Info  kamuela.com


Population: 7,131

What a house costs: $249,000

Home to the National Outdoor Leadership School and terrific hiking in the adjacent Wind River Range.

Info  landerchamber.org



  • Moab map

    Where: 235 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.
    Main drag: Main Street (U.S. 191).
    Cut your teeth on: The Slickrock Bike Trail.
    Home style: Biker’s wood-frame bungalow with an extra bedroom for gear.
    Visit:  discovermoab.com; the Gonzo Inn (from $159)

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