Throughout most of Utah I fixed my gaze on the passenger window and repeatedly exclaimed, “Is this Mars or Utah?!”
Exhibit A: the city of Moab.
I’d heard of Moab from my outdoorsy friends but it had never been a front-runner on my list of places to travel. Good thing I’m not always right! It won me over big time.
What an epic place. The town is surrounded by red rocks and within range of two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, and a gorgeous state park in spite of it’s ominous name, Dead Horse State Park.
We started off at Arches on our first day in town. The name couldn’t be more fitting.
On our next day we ventured further from Moab towards Canyonlands and Dead Horse State Park. The contrast in geology between the two parks is mind boggling. How can these places be so close yet so drastically different? Don’t answer that, I know it’s a long, complex explanation involving centuries of geologic evolution but still…amazing!
Jeep trails down the steep canyon, eeks.
We ended the day at Dead Horse State Park on our way out of Canyonlands with some incredible views.
Mars, I mean Utah, really won over my heart on this trip. I wish all road trips included such extraterrestrial views, they really make car time fly by.
Know Before You Go:
- Delicate Arch is the most famous arch in Arches National Park. Don’t miss the short hike up to see it.
- Arches is about 10 minutes drive from the center of Moab and Canyonlands is about a 30 minute drive.
- Dead Horse State Park is best combined with your day trip to Canyonlands and is well worth the $10 entry fee per car.
- Find time to have a meal and some beer at the Moab Brewery. We were such fans we went twice.
- Neither Arches nor Canyonlands have lodges but not to fear, Moab has plenty of hotels and campgrounds.
- Downtown Moab is comprised of cute boutiques and restaurants so you can mix up the outdoors life with some modern day conveniences.