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Magical Moab and Arches National Park

One of my favorite getaways in Utah is the area around Moab which includes Arches National Park. I love living in a state with so many beautiful state and national parks, and although Zion’s and Lake Powell might get the most publicity, I honestly love the area around Moab ten times more!

First things first, let's talk about Arches National Park. As soon as you enter this natural wonderland, you'll feel like you've stepped onto another planet. The amazing attractions here are, of course, the awe-inspiring arches! The park boasts over 2,000 of these marvelous sandstone arches, each one more captivating than the last. Some you can drive right to, and others you’ll have to work at and hike to. But no matter how you get there, it’s worth it!

Delicate Arch

I recently talked to someone who had just visited Delicate Arch for the first time. They said, “It really IS just like all the pictures you see!” I agree. It’s truly awe-inspiring. A moderately strenuous hike will take you up close and personal with this incredible natural formation. The trail is about 3 miles round-trip and offers jaw-dropping views of the red rock landscape along the way. Trust me, witnessing the sunset paint the Delicate Arch in hues of gold and pink is a moment you'll never forget. But anytime of day, Delicate Arch should be on the top of your list!

Devil’s Garden

If you're up for a longer adventure, the Devil's Garden Trail is a must. This 7.2-mile loop takes you through a playground of arches, including the famous Landscape Arch, the longest natural arch in North America. Make sure to pack plenty of water, snacks, and your camera because this hike will leave you in awe at every turn. It’s not very strenuous, more like a nice walk.

Balanced Rock

This iconic and aptly named rock formation is a must-see. It features a massive boulder precariously balanced on top of a sandstone pedestal. It's easily accessible from the main road, making it an ideal stop for everyone.

Fiery Furnace

The tour requires advanced reservations but provides an unforgettable adventure. It’s a labyrinth of narrow canyons and towering sandstone walls, seen with a park guide.

Double Arch

Venture to the Windows Section to witness the awe-inspiring Double Arch. As the name suggests, it consists of two massive arches that intersect each other, creating a mesmerizing sight. You can even walk beneath them.


The town of Moab, located outside the park area, is the perfect place to stay while you’re exploring the park and area. If you’re staying here, don’t confine yourself to the national park, or you’ll miss out on a lot of other great things to see & do.

Slickrock Trail for mountain bikers

If you're seeking an adrenaline rush, look no further than mountain biking along the infamous Slickrock Trail. The slickrock sandstone provides a unique and challenging terrain that will test your skills and get your heart pumping. Don't worry if you're new to biking; there are plenty of trails suitable for beginners too!

Petroglyphs & pictographs

Discover the ancient history of the area by visiting Moab's rock art sites. Petroglyphs and pictographs created by Native American tribes centuries ago can be found at various locations, such as Newspaper Rock and the Courthouse Wash Panel. You can drive to some and hike to some; there’s a variety to see.

Corona Arch

Take a short but rewarding hike to Corona Arch, a spectacular natural arch outside of Arches National Park. This hike offers beautiful views of the Colorado River and an opportunity to see another impressive arch up close.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Known for its breathtaking viewpoints overlooking the Colorado River and Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point State Park is a must-visit. The popular overlook provides a dramatic panoramic view of the gooseneck bend in the river.

Colorado River rafting

Embark on an exhilarating rafting adventure down the mighty Colorado River. Whether you choose a calm scenic float or a thrilling white-water experience, it's an unforgettable way to explore the river canyons. You can float for just a few hours one day, or you can pre-book a 3-day excursion of rafting and camping with guides.

Jeep tours

If jeeping is more your thing, Moab might just be the king of jeep tours. Experienced guides will take you to hidden gems and provide fascinating insights into the area's geology and history.

Canyonlands National Park

Just a short drive from Moab, Canyonlands National Park offers stunning vistas, deep canyons, and beautiful hiking trails. Don't miss the Mesa Arch, Grand Viewpoint, and the Island in the Sky district.

Moab and Arches National Park will leave you spellbound with their beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor exploration. Whether you're a nature lover, an adventure seeker, or simply in need of a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, this stunning destination has it all.

So pack your bags, embrace the spirit of adventure, and get ready for an unforgettable journey through the majestic red rock wonders of Moab and Arches National Park. I can help you set up anything from the basics (hotel + suggestions), to fully guided tour options for this incredible area.


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