I ask because the easiest drive is Denver to Moab and south to GC. When means if you want to see the GC first you’ll be driving through places you’ll then hit on the way back.Not sure yet, we thought alot going to Moab and Zion first, then hitting the canyon. However. We don’t want to be tapping out on hiking the canyon, sonwe right we should hit it first
I ask because the easiest drive is Denver to Moab and south to GC. When means if you want to see the GC first you’ll be driving through places you’ll then hit on the way back.
The drive from Denver to Moab is great. When you get into Utah on I70, make sure to sure to take Hwy 128 shortcut from I70 to Moab. It’s an awesome little two-lane road that runs along the Colorado River with high cliffs on both sides.
Don’t know what’s open or not in Moab after the recent flood, but Arches NP is great. We took a four wheeler tour once that was a lot of fun. There are cool petroglyph sites that’s easy to see not far from Moab if you are interested in that stuff (I am). Obviously the mountain biking.
Going south from Moab it’s mostly desert/rocks/high plains scenery, which I love but some don’t. You’ll pass through some small towns and then drop into Arizona. Make sure you see Monument Valley- you’ll recognize it from old Westerns and Forrest Gump’s running scene.
GC is really cool. I loved it. You can take a shuttle to the far end and walk back along the rim. Probably hot now so take water. You can get back on the shuttle whenever you want. If you’re not staying in the park itself try to get there early because it’s amazing before and after the crowds.
Between Utah and Arizona I would simply encourage you to take as many backroads as possible. The best views are off the main roads often. That being said, stay off the Indian Res’s less you want to see despair.My wife and Inare flying into Denver, renting a car and driving to the Grand Canyon, then working our way back through Utah into Denver. Any advice on scheduling what to do, what we should and shouldn’t do?
Canyonlands, as well as dead-horse point, are not to be missed if you're Moab.Canyonlands is close to Moab and not as busy as Arches. Arches has some neat stuff, its more of a drive around and see sites than Canyonlands. Hiked Canyonlands earlier this Summer. Awesome place.
Depends which area. I'm think Island in the sky up by Moab. You're surrounded by a steep drop into canyons... harder to get lost. The Maze? Definitely.If you got off the beaten path from one of the trails in Canyonlands, it could be the end of you. No joke. Cairns matter.
Depends which area. I'm think Island in the sky up by Moab. You're surrounded by a steep drop into canyons... harder to get lost. The Maze? Definitely.