Moab Adventure Week serves as a precursor to pride festival

Taking advantage of everything that Moab has to offer to queer and straight tourists alike, Gay Adventure Week is planning a number of activities, including rafting, hiking, Jeep tours, climbing and much more, all leading up to the city’s second annual Pride Festival. With all proceeds from the week’s events being donated to Moab Pride, there’s no good reason to skip the adventurous event with attractions for outdoor enthusiasts and vanilla visitors.

“Moab is a playground for adults and we want to help people see that,” said Helene Rohr, the organizer of the event. “I think too often people think that gay people aren’t up for adventure, but that’s simply not the case.”

The adventures, which will take place Sept. 23–28, can be purchased at a discount price by registering for the entire week’s schedule, or can be purchased a la carte. With three “prix fixe” packages, Challenging, Moderate and Relaxing, there’s something for everyone in the schedule.

Featuring activities such as rafting one of the most dangerous and difficult stretches of river in the U.S., Cataract Canyon, biking the Slickrock Trail, one of the most strenuous and rewarding trails in the U.S., and a Jeep excursion through Arches National Park, the Challenging schedule is an action-packed week.

The Moderate section still features some of the best attractions Utah has to offer with whitewater rafting, hiking and horseback riding. The Relaxing group will still have the chance to hike, mountain bike a more approachable trail and raft a less intimidating part of the Colorado River. If participants want to only join for dinner in the evenings or other activities, they are all invited. Also, registered participants will receive discounts at local eateries and other shops.

“We are looking to provide an extension of sorts to the pride festival,” she said. “We want to showcase everything Moab has to offer.”

The event is attracting men and women alike and will provide an excellent opportunity for gay people to meet others who are interested in the outdoors. People from around the nation are attending and Utahns are invited to participate and become familiarized with the area.

“Even if you’ve been to Moab a dozen times, there’s always something new and exciting to do. And what better way to do it than in an inclusive environment with other gay people and allies?” Rohr said.

The Pride Festival attracted hundreds last year and is looking to grow this year.

“By participating in the event guests  help Moab Pride to grow into something beautiful and they are also helping a community in rural Utah to be able to help ITS kids and teenagers from not feeling that they are alone,” she said.

For pricing information and to reserve a spot, go to gayadventureweek.com.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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