Moab is the gateway to both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks interwoven by the Colorado River and the beautiful La Sal Mountains. There are more National Parks, State Parks and other major attractions within a 200 mile radius of Moab than any other location in Utah.
|Arches National Park is home to over 2,000 natural arches. Visitors may drive through the park and see balanced rocks, the window section, natural arches, petrified sand dunes, rock art, and hundreds of unique formations. Visitors to the park may want to stay anywhere from several hours to several days.|
|Canyonlands is vast and rugged, and like Arches National Park, visitors could plan to stay a few hours or a few days. Canyonlands National Park is divided into three sections. The Island in the Sky District is located 10 miles North of Moab, Utah on Highway 313; the Needle District is 40 miles south of Moab on Highway 211. Both of these roads are paved. The road leading to the third district, the Maze District, consists of dirt and 4WD roads that could become impassable at times.|
|Located in the high plateau country of southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde National Park is home to some of the most spectacular and best preserved cliff dwellings in the world. The park also is home to Cliff Palace, possibly the largest cliff dwelling in America. Chapin Mesa archeological sites are located 21 miles from the park entrance. Visitors traveling to the park from Moab should plan on a good full day to visit the park and return to town.|