Moab is the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks interweaved by the Colorado River and the beautiful La Sal Mountains. There are more National Parks, State Parks and other major attractions within a 200 mile radius of Moab than any other location in Utah.
- Arches National Park
- Canyonlands National Park
- Mesa Verde National Park
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural arches. You may drive through the park and see balanced rocks, the window section, natural arches, petrified sand dunes, rock art and 100’s of unique formations. You may want to stay anywhere from several hours to several days. Please click on the link above for more information on hiking trails and drive times for Arches National Park located near Moab Utah.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park is divided into three sections. The Island in the Sky District is located 10 miles North of Moab, Utah on Highway 313; the Needle District is 40 miles south of Moab on Highway 211. Both of these roads are paved but the road leading to the third district which is the Maze District is dirt and 4WD roads that could become impassable at times. Canyonlands is vast and rugged and like Arches National Park you could plan to stay a few hours or a few days. Please click on the link above for more information on drive times, view points and hiking trails.
Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is located in the high plateau country of southwestern Colorado. The Park is located in the southwest corner of Colorado, about 10 miles east of Cortez, Colorado and around a 2 hour drive from Moab, Utah. Plan on a good full day to visit the park and then return back to Moab. The park entrance is midway between Cortez and Mancos, just off of US Highway 160. It is a 21 mile drive from the park entrance to park headquarters and the Chapin Mesa archeological sites. Morefield Campground is 4 miles from the entrance, and Far View Visitor Center is 15 miles from the park entrance. Please click on the link above for more information on drive times, view points and hiking trails.