Hi all, three day road trip to Moab, Utah in the morning, unless we get stuck by the darn snow in May. It is our 17th anniversary and we are looking forward to some alone time near the beautiful arches. This will be the third or fourth time we have tried to visit but it just never worked out. Hopefully we will make it there this time! For those not familiar with Moab, it is a city in Grand County, in eastern Utah, It is the county seat and largest city in Grand County. Moab attracts a large number of tourists every year, mostly visitors to the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The town is a popular base for mountain bikers who ride the extensive network of trails including Slickrock Trail, and off-roaders who come for the annual Moab Jeep Safari.
We can’t wit to see Moab, and have a huge list of things to do, but know we can only probably get to a few of them. We are going to do our best, lol Either way, here is a list of some of the things we are wanting to do while in the area.
Arches National Park
The park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. Located just outside Moab, Utah, this park is 76,679 acres in area. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet at the visitor center. Forty-three arches are known to have collapsed since 1977. The park receives 10 inches of rain a year on average. Administered by the National Park Service, the area was originally named a National Monument on April 12, 1929. It was re-designated as a National Park on November 12, 1971.
Canyon Lands National Park
This park is located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. It preserves a colorful landscape eroded into countless canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. It is divided into four districts: the Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the combined rivers—the Green and Colorado—which carved two large canyons into the Colorado Plateau. While these areas share a primitive desert atmosphere, each retains its own character. Author Edward Abbey, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as “the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere
Dead Horse Point State Park
Featuring a dramatic overlook of the Colorado River andCanyonlands National Park, the park covers 5,362 acres of high desert at an altitude of 5,900 feet. The park has several overlooks, a visitor center, a 21-site campground and a group campsite, one picnic area, and a 9-mile loop hiking trail with two cutovers to allow shorter trips. Bikes in the park are allowed on paved roads, and there is a mountain bike trail called Intrepid Trail near the State Park Visitor’s Center with loops of varying levels of difficulty. Hunting is not allowed in the park. The park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century, where horses often died of exposure. Dead Horse Point has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.The area was also used in the final ‘Grand Canyon’ scene of the 1991 film Thelma & Louise Hope you enjoyed our list of things to do in Moab. Please comment below if you have done some of things and let me know your experience. Happy travels.
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