Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are those pre-selected vacation sites, or you just won’t go there unless it’s by mistake. Whether you’re headed west on US Interstate 70 leaving Grand Junction, CO or you’re headed east out of Utah, there just isn’t a visible clue to the unique beauty of these two vacation spots. You look out the window at the great western desert, minus the cacti, and your reaction may well be, “How soon can we get out of this… this nothing?”
Often in this wonderful world of variety, the spectacular is just around the next corner or over the next ridge. In this case it’s twenty minutes away from the Crescent Junction Exit (Exit # 179) 70 miles west of Grand Junction, CO and 20 miles east of Green River, UT. Here lies a vast area of rugged yet artistic beauty and much of it is accessible by two-wheeled drive, low-riding automobile. If you’re restricted physically to enjoy the view from your automobile, this is a wonderful country, but the beautiful and challenging trail trips and river expeditions that await the more adventurous are truly inspiring.
You make the call. Luxurious lodging beckons with full-guided tours on land and water, or camping and back packing offer less expensive choices in all directions… It’s all here in Moab, UT.
Native Moabites and National Forest facilities and employees eagerly share their knowledge and recommendations to fit your needs and expectations. Don’t let the hustle and bustle of Moab with a population of 5200 fool you. In 30 minutes you can bask in a remote corner of the great Southwest.
Do consider the following tips related to the time of year that you plan to visit this area.
• During the months of May through September the daytime temperature may exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
• From November through February nighttime temperatures have reached below zero Fahrenheit.
• Be prepared for extreme temperatures. Be sure to check local forecasts and with local tour companies for availability and for how to dress and prepare for the temperature extremes.
• This is an adventure that requires several days to do it justice. Besides driving and hiking Arches National Monument and Canyon Lands National Monument, activities include 4 Wheeling, ATV Riding, Fishing, Golfing, Guides and Outfitters, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Motorcycle Touring, Photography, and River Running.
For the history buff, the area abounds with the color and intrigue of cattle ranching and rustling, Indians, and pioneer settlement for example, the legend behind Dead Horse Point State Park.
Points south of Moab include Bridges National Monument and Rainbow Bridge National Monument, lands with their own aura and eccentric rock formations.
Moab, Utah, offers a wide spectrum of activities and sites for the vacationer. It is a jewel of unique vista and history. It may sit seemingly out n the middle of no-man’s land, but it is the western entrance to Southern Utah’s canyons and monoliths. Whether bathed in summer sun, wearing a mantle of winter snow or drenched in sudden thunderstorms, this land is a must-see, must-do adventure.
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