scenes from 24 hours in moab, utah

We spent one day in Utah. 24 hours. A quick trip, a blur of roadtrippin’ and hiking and “glamping” and life-loving.

It was fast, but we saw a lot and got a good idea of what Moab is all about — big red rocks, camping, mountain biking, and climbing. Big time climbing. WORLD. RENOWNED. CLIMBING.


Unfortunately, none of us are climbers… but we were still confident that Moab was an unmissable destination and we were pumped beyond pumped to check out what all the people come for: Arches & Canyonlands National Parks (!!!!!!!). We arrived in Moab in the afternoon and immediately felt like we had been transported to another planet… how is it possible that place is on Earth?

We spent our first day at Arches National Park, driving through, hiking, testing out the comfortability of the rocks for napping (not recommended), and generally just having a ball of a time. What can we say, we’re just really great and have really great personalities. ~insider~

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IMG_2931 IMG_2926 IMG_2920 IMG_2919 The next day we woke up and headed straight to Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is MASSIVE, and we were only able to catch a quick peak of it before we had to head back to Denver. Canyonlands resembled what I imagine the Grand Canyon to be like even more than the Colorado National Monument did, and I MUST go back someday to explore the park more thoroughly. It was totally different than Arches — and at the risk of sounding completely and totally idiotic/obvious, Canyonlands was filled with vast, deep canyons while Arches was dotted with crazy rock formations and… you guessed it… arches.

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Have you ever been to Arches or Canyonlands? Which did you prefer?


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  • Reply camerapacker

    The American Southwest has been one of my favorite destinations for years. Nice px.

    June 8, 2015 at 8:36 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Thank you! Can’t wait to do some more SW exploring

      June 8, 2015 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Jelena

    It looks so much like Arizona 🙂

    June 8, 2015 at 9:58 am
    • Reply Kristen

      I’ve never been to Arizona but Canyonlands looked similar to what I’ve seen of the Grand Canyon in pictures!

      June 8, 2015 at 10:58 am
      • Reply Jelena

        yes definitely & similar to Sedona too 🙂

        June 8, 2015 at 11:42 am
        • Reply Kristen

          Sedona is on my Arizona bucket list!

          June 8, 2015 at 1:01 pm
          • Jelena

            Great! 🙂 Happy to hear that

            June 8, 2015 at 2:06 pm
  • Reply Moani Hood

    I loved them both for different reasons, though we didn’t get to spend much time in either park. Canyonlands did remind me of the Grand Canyon a bit too. Arches was just so unique, but Canyonlands was so amazingly vast. I’d love to go back someday and spend more time hiking around.

    June 8, 2015 at 11:46 am
    • Reply Kristen

      I agree — Arches was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before and so beautiful in its own unique way! I also can’t wait to someday get back and do more thorough hiking 🙂

      June 8, 2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Laura (PA Pict)

    It looks like you had a great time travelling around and hanging with friends. My husband and I have itchy feet to get back to the South-West and take the kids out exploring in all the different desert landscapes and all the wonderful national parks there. My husband has been to Arches but I never have so that it on our To Do list for when we do go.

    June 8, 2015 at 12:37 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Arches was incredible! I definitely recommend it and there were plenty of kids running all over the place too. It was like a giant natural playground for them to climb and run. Hope you make it out there soon!!

      June 8, 2015 at 1:03 pm
      • Reply Laura (PA Pict)

        The older three have been to Joshua Tree National Park but only the oldest remembers it. The two who could walk did exactly as you describe and were scampering all over the rocks. There is no better playground than the great outdoors.

        June 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm
        • Reply Kristen

          1000000000% agreed 🙂

          June 8, 2015 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply Melissa Whitney

    Looks like you had an incredible time! You have some amazing photos!! I have yet to visit the Canyonlands, but that is just a reason to go back. The arches are absolutely fascinating. Thanks for sharing your experience!!

    June 8, 2015 at 3:01 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      I think it’s impossible to take a bad photo at Arches 🙂

      June 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    These photos are OUT OF THIS WORLD. I feel like I would forget how to breathe if I were to actually stand in the midst of it all. <3 arches <3

    June 8, 2015 at 4:48 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      It’s literally like being on another planet. Mind-blowing beauty no matter where you look. Make Nate take you there. lol. But really.

      June 8, 2015 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply Nancy

    Great Pictures! You can tell you had a blast and the tent camping looks fun, I have been to both and loved both places. Now you need to go to Bryce Canyon and Zion!!

    June 9, 2015 at 3:41 am
    • Reply Kristen

      I’m dying to visit Zion!!!!! And Bryce Canyon too! Thanks, we definitely were having a blast 🙂

      June 9, 2015 at 10:57 am
  • Reply mimiyu77

    Very impressive! I have never been to the US besides California and NY, but after reading this definitely want to go sometime! You say you guys are not really hikers/climbers, so I wonder if it was very hard to walk around and hike? Or is it for all publics?


    June 9, 2015 at 3:53 am
    • Reply Kristen

      There is soooooooooooo much to see in the US in between the coasts — I personally think NYC is super overrated. The hiking trails we took were really easy, anyone could walk them! There are more difficult/longer ones throughout the park but the trails we took were definitely doable for the general public.

      June 9, 2015 at 10:56 am
  • Reply ottergardens

    We missed out on Canyonlands, so I enjoyed seeing your pictures. Arches was amazing, and we really enjoyed Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon

    June 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Can’t wait to visit Capitol Reef & Bryce Canyon (and Zion) someday!

      June 11, 2015 at 4:15 pm
  • Reply Alex Hurst

    Absolutely gorgeous. I want to go back there so badly!!! 🙂

    Thanks for the follow. Looking forward to getting to know each other better!

    June 13, 2015 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Jennifer's Journal

    Wow, these photos are incredible!

    June 18, 2015 at 10:10 pm
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