Discover how close Salt Lake City is to Arches and Canyonlands national parks in this three-day weekend filled with adventure options.
Exhilaration is that moment you remember Moab is roughly four hours from the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. Visitors to Salt Lake, take note: Utah’s red rock mecca is a quick addition to any visit to the region, or a destination unto itself.
Leave at breakfast and be ready for lunch in Moab, Utah, where two national parks (Arches and Canyonlands), an eye-popping state park (Dead Horse Point) and infinite wild places — including the famous Slickrock mountain biking trail (see “Off the Beaten Path”) — await your next move.
This three-day itinerary gives you the option to devote your whole weekend to one extended adventure like the White Rim Trail of Canyonlands National Park or to take in the best hikes of the two parks. Even if the White Rim isn’t for you, consider bringing along or renting a mountain bike for the trails and views of Dead Horse Point State Park or other area trails.
No matter how much slickrock ground you cover, save some time for Moab’s best dining and culture. See the Planning Tools at the bottom for some of our favorite options.