Arches National Park
Arches National Park is best known for its world-famous Delicate Arch, which is just one of over 2,000 natural arches in the park! Arches, huge sandstone fins, gigantic rocks balancing on tall narrow sandstone formations, lofty spires and pinnacles along with the different shades of red sandstone create a natural wonderland that is truly unique.
Located just 5 miles north of Moab the park is easily accessible to all visitors with a paved scenic drive taking you to many spectacular viewpoints. Easy, well maintained trails let you see the formations close up. For the more adventurous there are numerous hiking trails to explore all the diverse aspects of the park.
Arches National Park is a delight for all ages and physical capabilities… from touring in the comfort of your car, taking short walks to the viewpoints and rock formations to hiking the lesser known areas. There are also many Ranger-led programs including presentations, Interpretive Programs and Guided Walks and Hikes.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park, the largest National Park in Utah, is divided into four districts eroded by the Colorado and Green rivers as they meander through the sedimentary sandstone and join at the Confluence creating a myriad of colorful canyons, buttes, mesas and river corridors. The four districts they have created are: Island in the Sky (to the north), Needles (to the south), the Maze (to the west) and the rivers themselves in "Y" shape from north to south.
lsland in the Sky is a 1000-1500 foot mesa that overlooks the rest of Canyonlands and beyond. From the many viewpoints there are spectacular panoramic views overlooking the Colorado and Green Rivers, the canyons, mesas and buttes of the river corridors, south to the Needles District, west to the Maze District and east to the La Sal Mountains — on a clear day, over 100 miles in each direction! The awe inspiring vistas just can't be described — you simply have to see it for yourself.
Island in the Sky is just 32 miles from downtown Moab to the visitor center. If you've only got a limited time, drive south to the end of the park road to Grand View Point and enjoy the stunning panoramic views that will surround you.
Learn more about The Island in the Sky at the Canyonlands National Park website and DiscoverMoab.com.
Dead Horse Point State Park
Dead Horse Point towers 2,000 feet above the Colorado River, with magnificent panoramic views of the Colorado River as it meanders through Canyonlands. The park offers vistas over the amazing rock formations of canyon country to the La Sal Mountains to the east, Canyonlands National Park to the south and west and the White Rim Trail 1000 feet below.
Dead Horse Point is situated on the mesa to the east of Canyonlands' Island in the Sky and the stunning panoramic views rival the vistas from Island in the Sky — the scenery from Dead Horse Point is one of the most photographed in the world.
Dead Horse Point State Park is just 32 miles from downtown Moab — well worth the short drive!
La Sal Mountains
Part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest, the La Sal Mountains provide a welcome contrast to the sand and heat of canyon country. These alpine mountains reach almost 13,00 feet — the second highest mountains in Utah.
The La Sals offer classic alpine mountain scenery alongside dramatic views of the redrock canyon country below.