With so many cool and fun things to do in Moab, many people stop here when visiting this desert state, mostly due to its proximity to three awesome USA national parks: Arches, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. 

Arches National Park

It is one of the United States most popular national parks for a reason. It is also right on Moab’s doorstep so easy to explore. I recommend at least two full days in Arches NP so you can experience the depth of her arch beauty. 

Canyonlands National Park: Needles and Islands in the Sky

Canyonlands NP is divided into three sections: Islands in the Sky, The Needles District and the Maze. The first two are most accessible to every day travelers. The Maze is for 4WD experienced explorers only.

Sunset at Dead Horse State Park

Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed scenic vistas in the USA. The overlook towers 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, providing a breathtaking panorama of Canyonlands’ sculpted pinnacles and buttes. 

Corona Arch Hike

See if you can spot Corona Arch in the distance. It’s quite camouflaged until you walk more around the corner and the space behind the arch opens up so you can actually see the arch rather than have it blend with the rocks behind it from the other perspective. 

Drive the Shafer Trail

To get a closer look at Horseshoe Bend, be sure to drive the Shafer Trail from the top of Islands in the Sky in Canyonlands, down to the middle canyon floor, around the edge of the rim past Horseshoe Bend, and back out to the Colorado River, which eventually takes you back into downtown Moab. 

Drive the LA Sal Mountain

A drive through the La Sal Mountains will give you a good perspective of the diversity of the Moab region. 20 miles south of Moab are the Lal Sal Mountains, part of the Manti-LA Sal National Forest and our views every day from our campsite.