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Delicate Arch, Arches, National Park, Utah, Red Rock, Moab

Arches National Park

No one forgets their first look at Delicate Arch. There are about 2,000 more arches at the park, so keep looking.see more »

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1 Dinosaur Diamond Scenic Byway: This region was once the world's "Jurassic Park," an area teeming with dinosaurs that roamed the region for millions of years. Today, dinosaur enthusiasts come to experience the byway and examine the land, looking for clues from prehistoric eras. Travelers will experience active dinosaur dig sites and rock art panels. Numerous towns are situated along the byway, including Vernal and Moab. http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/byways/2474/maps/UT_Southern_Section

2 Film Museum at Red Cliffs Ranch: 100 years of cowboy and movie history is the theme of this museum. More than 100 movies and commercials have been filmed in the Moab and southern Utah region. The self-guided tour will take you on a journey with photos and movie memorabilia. http://www.redcliffslodge.com/museum/

3 Fisher Towers: On this trail, you will pass sandstone formations towering above the Colorado River, 20 miles east of Moab. Camping, geology, and rock climbing are popular activities with distant views of Castle Valley, Fisher Mesa, and the Book Cliffs. http://www.discovermoab.com/pdf/fishertowers.pdf

4 Kane Springs Road: Kane Springs is home to the excellent Amasa Back mountain bike and jeep trail that begins approximately 5.9 miles up the canyon. A great primer for the more technical mountain bike rides that exist in and around Moab, Amasa Back has several spectacular vantage points. As an added bonus, you will visit a filming location from "The Lone Ranger." If mountain biking isn't on the itinerary, consider a side trip up Moonflower Canyon, a short hike through a compact canyon dotted with a half-dozen campsites. Or, if you're looking for a spectacular sunset, park your car and hike (or bike if you're super burly) up the Moab Rim Trail. The promontory at the top of Moab Rim, with views of the Colorado River, La Sal Mountains and Moab is worth the sweat generated to reach this superb vista. (If you're going at sunset, be sure to bring a headlamp or flashlight to ensure the hike down is a safe one - there are several large drops off the side of the trail.)  http://www.discovermoab.com

5 Klondike Bluffs: A great introduction to Moab-area mountain biking, Klondike Bluffs is a 9.6 mile out-and-back ride over mostly moderate terrain. You'll travel through myriad sandstone outcroppings and dinosaur footprints before reaching a small gate at the entrance to Arches National Park. Here, you'll find scenic views into the park-a great place to relax before turning around to retrace your path back to the car. http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/klondike.htm

6 La Sal Mountain Loop Road Scenic Backway: Features spectacular scenery ranging from the forested heights of the La Sal Mountains to expansive views of the red rock landscape below, this paved Scenic Backway begins on U.S. 191, six miles south of Moab, and winds north over the La Sal Mountains through Castle Valley, ending at Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway U-128. Along the way you will see Negro Bill Canyon, well known for its hiking opportunities; Big Bend Recreation Site, with access to the river, a nice beach and a camping/picnic area; Castle Valley Priest and Nuns formations; and Castle Rock. http://discovermoab.com/la_sal_mountain_loop_road.htm  

7 Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway: The Moab area is well known for its abundance of Native American rock art. Two signs along this scenic byway identify the locations of several petroglyph panels depicting what appear to be animals and human-like figures. Further along, another sign points out the location of large rocks above the highway where you will see a set of dinosaur tracks. Watch for Corona Arch, Bow Tie Arch, Jug Handle Arch, Can Creek Mine and the cliffs of Dead Horse Point State Park along the way. http://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/scenic-byways/

8 Sand Flats Recreation Area: This 9,000-acre recreation area is at the heart of the Colorado Plateau near Moab. Slick rock domes, bowls and fins in the east meet the colorful mesas and nearly 13,000 foot peaks of the La Sal Mountains. Bordering the area are the canyons of the Negro Bill and Mill Creek Wilderness Study Areas, the deep gorge of the Colorado River and Arches National Park. Famous Slickrock and Porcupine Rim bike trails and 40 miles of jeep trails are located here and are world renowned for their combination of challenge and scenery.
http://www.grandcountyutah.net/pdf/sandflats/sand flats visitor guide.pdf

9 Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve: The Scott M. Matheson Wetlands is an 894-acre oasis in the desert-a stark contrast to the surrounding redrock cliffs and arid desert. To this lush oasis flock more than 200 species of birds, amphibians, including the northern leopard frog, and aquatic mammals such as the beaver, muskrat and elusive river otter. This preserve is located in Moab, Utah along the banks of the Colorado River. http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/utah/placesweprotect/scott-m-matheson-wetlands-preserve.xml

10 Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway: Follow the scenic byway along the Colorado River for about three miles and discover Negro Bill Canyon, named for William Grandstaff, who ran cattle in the canyon during pioneer days. Hike the leisurely two-mile trail that leads to Morning Glory Natural Bridge; see Castle Rock, the finger-like spire setting for several films; and see the crumbling mudstone ramparts of Fisher Towers. Big Bend Campground has picnic areas with white beaches. http://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/scenic-byways/

11 Abajo Loop Scenic Backway: The tranquil Abajo Loop takes visitors from the heat of the red rock desert floor into the heart of the Abajo Mountains. The Abajo or Blue Mountains offer year-round recreation including opportunities to climb, drive or hike to summits above 11,000 feet. In addition to mountain recreation, the road offers impressive panoramas of Canyonlands National Park and surrounding mountain ranges in the Four Corners Region. http://www.utahscanyoncountry.com/utah-backways.

12 Dead Horse Point State Park: Dead Horse Point State Park is legendary for its jaw-dropping views, but there's much more to do than packing a picnic and taking a few photos. The Intrepid Trail System is a network of singletrack hiking and mountain biking trails with family-friendly loops from one to nine miles in length that roll over slickrock outcroppings and skirt the edge of the impressive drop to the Colorado below. http://www.stateparks.utah.gov

13 Edge of the Cedars State Park: Edge of the Cedars museum houses the largest displayed collection of Ancestral Puebloan artifacts in the Four Corners Region. The park offers unique educational programs, including festivals and special exhibits, throughout the year. http://stateparks.utah.gov/

14 Goblin Valley State Park: Intricately eroded hoodoos that look like sandstone goblins greet visitors to this unique valley, often compared to Mars. People are invited to hike among the rocks in this photographers' paradise. Nearby is the San Rafael Swell where OHV enthusiasts find dirt roads to explore. http://stateparks.utah.gov/

15 Goosenecks State Park: Visitors experience profound solitude as they gaze 1,000 feet into a chasm created by the San Juan River over 300 million years. The great gooseneck of the river is the largest, rare geologic formation-an entrenched river meander-in North America. http://stateparks.utah.gov/

16 Indian Creek Corridor Scenic Byway: This scenic byway traverses high sage plains before plunging down through a series of tight turns to Indian Creek and the pull-off to Newspaper Rock Recreation Site. A popular area for rock climbing, the road skirts Dugout Ranch-one of the earliest and largest private cattle ranches in the area, now operated by The Nature Conservancy. http://www.visitutah.com/things-to-do/scenic-byways/

17 Manti-La Sal National Forest: The Manti-La Sal National Forest consists of three large tracks of land located in central, eastern and southeastern Utah. There are several high elevation lakes, and developed areas for fishing, hunting and camping. In southeastern Utah, the La Sal and Abajo mountain ranges provide excellent opportunities for cross-country skiing, hiking and mountain climbing. They also serve as scenic backdrops to state and national parks in southeastern Utah. Dark Canyon Wilderness is a spectacular area offering solitude and adventure. Please be aware of the possibility of hunters during the fall hunting season. http://www.fs.usda.gov/mantilasal

18 Monument Valley Tribal Park: Monument Valley is an iconic symbol of the American West and is internationally recognizable because of its striking red rock spires, buttes and mesas. The valley is also known as the setting for dozens of movies. A visitor center offers information on the area and exhibits of Navajo archaeology, arts and crafts. A self-guided scenic drive leads to overlooks of the park's famous formations, while further exploration is offered via guided tour. http://www.navajonationparks.org/

19 Muley Point: A remote, scenic overlook near Mexican Hat, the stunning panoramic vistas offer views of sweeping desert landscape. Muley Point is located 25 miles south of Natural Bridges Monument, accessible by a dirt road. On a clear day, the view includes Monument Valley, the Four Corners, Valley of the Gods, and the Goosenecks. Camping available. http://www.utahscanyoncountry.com/scenic-

20 Newspaper Rock: A 50-foot high rock face covered with petroglyphs from several distinct cultures.
From prehistory through frontier days, people felt the need to make their mark at this timeworn
junction, and the result is a fascinating and crowded mix of messages that cover the huge rock slab.
Interpretive signage describes the various ages of different figures. http://www.utahscanyoncountry.com/blm.html