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Ramble through the desert near a year-round stream or get your muscles pumping with a hike up the side of a steep slickrock slope. Hiking is a sure way to fall in love with the high desert country, and there are plenty of hiking trails for all fitness levels. For a great view of the Moab valley and surrounding red rock country, hike up the steep Moab Rim Trail. For something a little less taxing, hike the shady, cool path of Negro Bill Canyon, which is off Route 129. At the end of the trail you'll find giant Morning Glory Arch towering over a cool pool created by a natural spring. If you want to take a stroll through the heart of Moab, hop on the Mill Creek Parkway, which winds along the creek from one side of town to the other. It's paved and perfect for bicycles, strollers, or joggers. For a taste of slickrock hiking that feels like the backcountry but is easy to access, try the Corona Arch Trail, off Route 279. You'll be rewarded with two large arches hidden from view of the highway. The Moab Information Center carries a free hiking trail guide to these and other trails. The many trails in the nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks can get your boots moving in the right direction as well.