The Windows

red rocks

The Windows is a nice concentration of arches in a small, easy to get to — and get around — area.

Delicate Arch Hike

interesting skies

Delicate Arch is THE arch, the one that’s on the Christmas ornament we bought and on just about everything else. You have to go all the way to the end of the trail to see it and it’s worth it.

The Needles

mesa with river

The Needles is one of two sections of Canyonlands National Park you can reach with a standard vehicle. There’s good hiking on the Slickrock trail and great views.

Islands in the Sky


Islands in the Sky is one of the two sections of Canyonlands National Park accessible with a standard vehicle. It has nice views and good easy hiking options.

Devil’s Garden Hike

Devil's Garden

We hiked to the Double O Arch and back on the main trail and did all the side trails. Lots of rock fins. It was a technical hike but not really strenuous. Just loooooooong.

Arches National Park

Balanced rock at Arches

Arches National Park is famous for arches, especially Delicate Arch. There’s so much more to the park. We spent two days exploring it.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park is one of the less well-known national parks in Utah. We stopped there on our way from Bryce Canyon to Moab.


Box-Death Wilderness Area

We didn’t find much of interest in Moab itself but it’s a great base for exploring Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. (Along with some nearby state parks we didn’t get to.)

Red Canyon

Red Canyon

The Red Canyon Visitor Center is on the main road between Bryce Canyon National Park and Panguitch. We enjoyed a short hike in this beautiful little area.