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~
That night after QUITE an interesting few hours at the Moab Brewery, we did something none of us had ever done and “camped” in a “tent” in Utah — admittedly the tent had a rug, a full king-sized bed, a dresser & end tables, and a small fireplace. It was far from a rustic experience, but it was exciting to be sleeping out in the Utah desert, just a tent zipper away from the stars and cacti and potential wild animals of the night (none came) (I wanted a coyote to come scratching at the tent wall) (how thrilling would that have been???). It was an awesome experience — if you’re interested in doing something different, check out Moab Under Canvas! The staff were all super friendly/likely super stoned, and helped us make a fire that night while we played rummy and drank wine in bed. Xoxo Richard.
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.
Have you ever been to Arches or Canyonlands? Which did you prefer?