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.
Culture Walk: Art, Photography And Astronomy
Include some art and stargazing time to your Moab itinerary. Explore the galleries and set up a Red Rock Astronomy stargazing tour.
The Devils Garden Outstanding Natural Area is a miniature wonderland of Navajo Sandstone hoodoos, domes, narrow passages, and small arches, hidden from the view of drivers along Hole-in-the-Rock Road.
Fisher Towers Trail
The Fisher Towers Trail explores the Fisher Towers, one of the Utah canyon country’s most bizarre landscapes.
Moab Farmers' Market
Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings in summer, discover a food and community market that shares the harvest of the desert.
Moab Giants Dinosaur Museum
One of the best dinosaur museums, Moab Giants Dinosaur Park, features fossils, footprints, and replications of life-size dinosaurs plus interactive exhibitions.
Moab Under Canvas: Glamping
If you’re looking for a luxurious camping experience, Moab Under Canvas is just the ticket. Book your stay in a fully-furnished canvas tent in canyon country!
Red Cliffs Lodge + Winery
On the outskirts of Moab, near the entrance to Castle Valley, Red Cliffs Lodge is a beautiful estate resting on the banks of the Colorado River. That’s the hook. For those staying overnight, if you arrive early to check-in, you’ll be anticipating your return to your room throughout the day.
Planning a visit Salt Lake City? Add Temple Square to your itinerary to learn about LDS history, heritage, art and culture of one of the oldest Utah attractions. Explore Salt Lake.