Introducing Moab & Southeastern Utah
Nicknamed Canyon Country, this desolate corner of Utah is home to soaring snow-blanketed peaks towering over plunging red-rock river canyons. The terrain is so inhospitable that it was the last region to be mapped in the continental US.
Over 65 million years, water carved serpentine, sheer-walled gorges along the course of the Colorado and Green Rivers, which define the borders of Canyonlands National Park, Utah’s largest. Nearby Arches National Park encompasses more rock arches than anywhere else worldwide. Between the parks lies Moab, the state’s premier destination for mountain biking, river-running and 4WD-ing. South of Moab, ancestral Puebloan sites are scattered among wilderness areas and parks, most notably Monument Valley, which extends into Arizona.
This section is organized roughly north to south, beginning with Green River, on I-70, and following Hwy 191 into the southeastern corner of the state.
Moab & Southeastern Utah destination guides
Canyonlands National Park
Covering 527 sq miles, Canyonlands (435-719-2313; www.nps.gov/cany; per vehicle $20) is Utah’s largest and wildest park. Indeed, parts of it are as rugged as almost anywhere on the planet. Arches, bridges, needles, spires, craters, mesas, buttes – Canyonlands is a crumbling, decaying beauty, a vision of ancient earth.
Camping America's West
Think every trail in the Great American West has been blazed by now? Think again, partner. Spread across 22 glorious days, this trip takes you on an incredible loop from beautiful San Francisco and back again with stops in LA, San Diego, Scottsdale and Vegas along the way.
Canyon Country & Coasts
Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures and must-see monuments, the Southwest—America’s great wide open—is a living postcard. On this trip, you’ll venture inland from the Pacific Coast of California to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, camping outdoors and reconnecting with a side of this great country most rarely see.
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Arches National Park
One of the Southwest’s most gorgeous parks, Arches (435-719-2299; www.nps.gov/arch; per vehicle $20; visitor center 7:30am-6:30pm Apr-Oct, 8am-4:30pm Nov-Mar) boasts the world’s greatest concentration of sandstone arches. Just 5 miles north of Moab on Hwy 191, the park is always packed in summer. Consider a moonlight exploration, when it’s cooler and the rocks feel ghostly.