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Moab, Utah. Spend More than One Day
Not all stops are created equal
Moab, Utah isn't one of those places you want to just drive through to get somewhere else. The land around Moab is so picturesque you will still be amazed even if you do! Even the route heading south out of Moab is spectacular. Every time i put the camera down, I was picking it right back up!!
Although you can pass it by on your way south toward the Grand Canyon, you really do not want to do that. Why would I say such a thing? What is there to stop for in Moab? How long should you plan to stay in the Moab area, anyway? We will be discussing these questions and more right now!
Arches National Park
One of the main attractions near Moab, Utah is Arches National Park. This park is just north of town and has over 2000 natural stone arches, most of which you will need to hike a bit to see. There are plenty of trails which people of reasonable health can navigate through the many other natural wonders of God's architecture found there. The park offers guided tours in certain parts where there may be elements of danger for amateur hikers. For example, the "Fiery Furnace" formation where temperatures can soar well over 100 degrees at times and there is no "trail"! Unfortunately, when we were there we had not set aside much time for Arches National Park so we did not get to go on such a hike. That is why I say,"I will be spending more than one day in Moab, Utah next time i go!"
Canyonlands and the way down to Moab
Another popular spot near Moab is Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is a huge swath of land heading south and a little west from Moab, Utah. It is about as spectacular as the Grand Canyon itself! Over many years the water has carved the rocky and arid landscape into an awesome vista that will take your breath away! You will not want to pass this place by. I can tell you this with conviction Because we had to, and I still regret it! Another reason I say, "I will be spending more than one day in Moab, Utah next time I go"
There is so much to see and enjoy in the Moab area! I strongly encourage you to go to their website and see for yourself what else is there for you to do. Any trip you may be planning to Moab needs to be more than just one day!
Not to be overlooked is the route you may take to get there. This is a little known secret! In case you are coming from the north I strongly advise you to ignore the road signs telling you to take rt 191 from I-70 and take rt 128 instead.(I-70 exit 204 or 214 see map below) This way will begin on a two lane road in not too spectacular scenery. You will, before long, find yourself in the bottom of a 1000 foot red rock canyon next to the mighty Colorado river as it is practicing for the Grand canyon! in case you are coming up from Arizona drive up 128 a few miles, you will not regret it!
Gotta go now! Have a nice trip and I hope to see you in Moab!