The Complete Arches Trip
So much more than Moab, this wide swath of land on the eastern edge of Utah
Situated on the far eastern side of the state, the Arches region is the perfect destination for anyone looking to experience the best outdoor recreation in the country. From epic, multi-day river rafting trips, to afternoons shredding singletrack against iconic western backdrops, to slickrock hikes across yawning valleys, this is the place to work up a sweat.
That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of opportunities to take your foot off the gas and take in your surroundings at a more leisurely pace. Arches National Park alone covers 120 square miles within an expansive outdoor land of adventure, which means doing your research and finding trails, views, and campgrounds deeper in the park offer up plenty of “me time”, even during peak season (Read: "How to Visit Arches"). While first-time visitors will undoubtedly want to check out Delicate Arch, repeat visitors can spend their trip seeking out the 2,000 other arches to discover within the park boundaries to find a unique vantage point to call their own. For those that want to dig deeper into the park’s little-known features, a guided hike with a ranger, or working with a local tour operator in nearby Moab can help you take home a better understanding of the human and natural history baked into the park’s hot red rock formations.
There’s even more to explore outside of the park, from the equally popular Dead Horse Point State Park, to the out-of-the-way destinations like the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the Potash Road. This is a sprawling region with tons of room to spread out and draw your own map in search of adventure.
- Start: Green River, Utah, roughly three hours southeast of Salt Lake City
- Finish: From Moab head back to Salt Lake City, or extend your trip by visiting the Canyonlands region
- Hours of Driving: 15+ hours, including travel between the region and Salt Lake City