Southeastern Utah Itineraries

If You Have 3 Days

On a short trip to southeastern Utah you'll be happier if you base yourself in Moab, a central spot for visiting both of the region's national parks, and it's nice to have a comfortable place to come back to at the end of the day. Start your whirlwind tour with a day in Arches National Park. You can drive the park's main road and see a few of the top sights in a day; be sure to save time for at least one short hike, but at least stop at the Delicate Arch trailhead to see Wolfe Ranch and then drive to the viewpoint trail for a glimpse of the state icon. On Day 2, pack a picnic lunch and head for Canyonlands National Park's Island in the Sky District. On the way, stop at Dead Horse Point State Park. Make sure you have plenty of film for this day's tour. Make time for a morning hike, and drive all the way to the tip of the "island" to Grandview Point. Spend Day 3 on the Colorado River with one of Moab's many river-rafting companies. Select either a playful daily raft trip or a scenic tour via a sturdy jet boat.

If You Have 5 Days

Spend the first three days in Moab as suggested above. On Day 4, travel south to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Upon leaving Canyonlands, continue your journey south on U.S. 191 to Blanding, where you should make a stop at Edge of the Cedars State Park to learn about the ancient Native Americans who inhabited this country. Spend the night in Blanding and head to Natural Bridges National Monument the following morning. From Natural Bridges you could return to Moab for the night or continue on Highway 95 and cross Lake Powell at Hite then continue north to see Goblin Valley State Park near Hanksville before heading to Green River for the night.

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