As a couple of Utah kids, we’ve spent quite a bit of time in Moab. Over the years, it’s become our favorite area in Utah. The giant scale of red rock, and hundreds of miles of sweet, untarnished beauty. I know Moab is a bit more touristy than most places in Utah, but how can you resist?
From those unimaginable sandstone formations in Arches,
to those timeless overlooks in Canyonlands,
or to my personal favorite and most underrated spot, Fisher Towers;
there is plenty to do and see in the playground that is Moab. It’s nearly impossible to get bored here. Hopefully you get a chance to visit Moab at least once in your life! It’s a very unique and grounding part of the world. Below are some of our personal recommendations.
The 3 Must See’s:
It can get pretty busy here, but it’s definitely popular for a reason. You really don’t want to pass this place up. You’ve probably seen hundreds of photos of the iconic Delicate Arch (you know, the one plastered all over Utah Drivers license plates). So I always recommend visiting other attractions in the park first and if you have time to spare, then hike to Delicate Arch. Don’t get me wrong, Delicate Arch is cool- but good luck getting a shot of it without a tourist in frame. It’s really busy and in my opinion a little overrated (it’s still really cool, though).
Canyonlands National Park can also become over-run with people, but you can’t pass this one up either. This place is a total dream. I recommend Mesa Arch for sunrise (beware: showing up here to watch the sunrise means that you’ll be accompanied by a row of landscape photographers, mostly older retired men), and the Green River Overlook for sunset.
Fisher Towers is my favorite spot in the Moab area. It’s well known for it’s rock climbing, but other than that, it’s pretty low key. To get to Fisher Towers from Moab, it’s a 45 minute drive on the most beautiful winding road. Most of the drive you follow alongside the gorgeous Colorado River. On each side of you will stand immense towering canyon walls made of bright red sandstone. The drive is half the fun. Once you arrive to Fisher Towers, you will see exactly why I recommended it. The grand beauty speaks for itself. And make sure to visit during sunset, the entire place glows red. It’s unreal.
If you have more time:
- Corona Arch Trailhead (pretty easy hike)
- Dead Horse Point State Park
- Canyonlands National Park Needles District
- La Sal Loop (takes about two hours without stopping). If you decide to do the loop, make sure to check road conditions!
When to visit:
- Like any place you go, you’ll want to try to avoid visiting on weekends.
- If possible, go in autumn or spring to avoid larger crowds and major heat.
- If visiting during the summer months, make sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and water! It gets very hot here in the summer.
- If visiting during the winter months, please be extra prepared!
Below are photographs taken by me, Shallise Kate: