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For foodies: Moab, UT
Photo by Thomas J. Story

For foodies: Moab, UT

Hard-core. That’s been the rap on Moab, Utah, ever since the boom-to-bust mining town became a colossal outdoor playground for hikers, bikers, climbers, and paddlers who shred, tear, rip, roar, scale, summit, and conquer. With a landscape this dramatic, adrenaline seekers will always come here in search of the gnarly. But lately Moab has sprouted more mellow pursuits that you don’t have to catch air or defy gravity to enjoy. Don’t mistake mellow for monotonous, though. We’re talking wineries tucked among sandstone canyons, locally sourced eats, a craft brewery, and suites along the Colorado River. It’s the same great outdoor playground, with a new sophisticated side.

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