- Island in the SkyCanyonlands National Parkrecommended Island in the SkyI think I have never felt smaller, or the world more vast, than standing at Island in the Sky overlooking a neverending swirl of red rock canyons extending out as far as you can see in any direction.
- Landscape ArchThompson, UT
- San Dune Arch TrailN Highway 191, Moab, UT
- Dead Horse Point State Park1165 US Highway 313, Moab, Utahrecommended Dead Horse Point State ParkAmazing views, especially of the confluence. Panoramic canyons and a good way of getting your bearings!
- Canyonlands National ParkMoab, UTrecommended Canyonlands National ParkOne of the most majestic of America's national parks. Red rock playgrounds. Both the Windows and the Needles sections are worth doing.
- Delicate ArchMoab, Utah
- The WindowsMoab UTrecommended The WindowsThese are possibly the highlights of the park, especially considering the adjacent Double Arch. Not to be missed. Also one of the most crowded attractions though so go early if you can, and make sure ... read moreto walk around and through them as the different perspectives are worth seeing.
recommended Double ArchMy favorite arch. Go climb up as high and you feel comfortable, and relax under the skylight view.
recommended Arches National ParkWhen in Moab, you won't find me on an ATV or rafting down the river. When in town, I'm probably looking at the old architecture and researching the Atomic (including Uranium mining) history of this ... read moreplace. There's also a good bit of odd and funky here, although the newer construction for those wanting to "get away from it all, but with all the conveniences" is not why I'm passing through. The Moab payoff is visiting the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches is more compact and has the cool rock formations, of which the sometimes hot, dry, and long hikes provides real pleasure. And in the context of the surrounding Utah territory, there's no place like this on Earth.Eric Brink
You're here and there's nothing like it.recommended Arches National ParkJust outside the adventure base camp town of Moab, Arches National Park has some of the most iconic scenery in the US Southwest. Even if all you do is take a scenic drive through the park, stopping ... read moreoff at viewpoints to snap photos around sunset, it'll be a memorable trip. But if you can, you should get out of the car and hike around the trails to more hidden arches, stepping across slickrock and maybe surprising a desert hare or two.Sara Benson
Plenty of memorable scenery here - you can drive the main park road in just a few hours as a half-day trip from Moab.recommended Arches National ParkArches is cool and quiet park . I was there over Labor Day and practically had the place to myself. If you plan on taking pictures, make sure you check on your lighting as I started a hike in the dark ... read moreto get a great sunrise picture only to find that the sunset for the arch was the light I wanted... Still awesome but could've been much better.
recommended The Canyon Country ZephyrMy stepdaughter and I took a cross country trip several years ago and stopped in Moab to take in the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. People also come to Moab for nearby river rafting, bike or ... read moreATV exploration, or maybe even to learn about past Uranium mining and it's modern waste-related consequences. When I travel to strange lands, I make it a point to find a copy of the local paper and read up on what's going on. In this case, the free Canyon Country Zephyr beckoned. I enjoyed Jim Stiles stories, liberal commentary, and visual caricatures so much that I was a happy subscriber for many years. The CCZ was always a great read and I enjoyed relating to folks Jim wrote about like Ed Abbey, Herb Ringer and Ken Sleight. Stiles also bellowed against the New West mentality that had overtaken Old West towns. He would often rail against mining industries scarring the West, and environmentalists, whom he accused of turning a blind eye toward the gentrification of Moab. The amenity chasers, he argued, were doing as much damage as the miners they displaced. But alas, The Canyon Country Zephyr published it's last paper issue on February 2008. However, it lives on through lively online content and their Facebook page. Sometimes "clinging hopelessly to the past" is a good thing, even in a digital world.Eric Brink
Read about Moab here and online.
recommended Canyonlands National ParkIn many ways, Canyonlands is even more amazing that Arches. The scenic sky is literally the limit here, and if you're not careful you could get lost or even fall to your death. It's this "Island in ... read morethe Sky" isolation (and danger) that makes this place so thrilling. Services are also very basic out here, so plan out your layers, water, nutrition, and directions accordingly. And it's worth every minute of the long drive (or walk) that it takes to reach some of these places.Eric Brink
Both Arches and Canyonlands should not be missed. I like this Park better due to the raw beauty and the amount of exploration possible.recommended Canyonlands National ParkCanyonland is also a good option along side arches. It's a different topography for sure.
- Hole-In-The-Rock, Monticello, UT 84532Hole-In-The-Rock, Monticello, UT 84532recommended Hole-In-The-Rock, Monticello, UT 84532A fun kitcschy slice of American roadside activities. It's a short drive from Moab and consists of a little tour of a house carved into the side of the rock. Totally reminded me of something you do ... read morewhile cruising in your airstream camper.
- Moab Adventure Center512 North Main Street, Moab, UT, United States
- Hell's RevengeHell's Revenge, Moab, UT 84532