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Old 09-04-2015, 04:29 PM   #11
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We love Moab and the parks, so we've been there several times.
The time before last (2014) we caught it on a very special day.
Walking was a little wet and slippery, but it was well worth it.

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Old 09-04-2015, 05:04 PM   #12
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Heading there on Monday!

You folks are getting me excited about our honeymoon! We are getting married tomorrow, then leaving for Utah Monday morning. We are spending five days in Springdale (Zion NP), and a week in Moab. I've been working on my truck and trailer all week trying to get ready. Any additional tips on things to do and see will be appreciated.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:12 PM   #13
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congrats.
Make the big circle to Zion, Bryce, Grand Escalante, Capitol Reef, Island in the Sky, Arches, Canyonlands
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:18 PM   #14
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Does your truck have decent clearance? Will you be able to rent a Jeep? That can make a big difference in what I would say to visit while in the area.

You have the standard places like Arches, Canyonlands Island in the Sky district, Deadhorse Point state park, Colorado riverway, but there are other places, more off the beaten path, with less people.



Do you want to hike? One of the best hikes in Moab is fairly short and goes to Corona Arch...


Another nice place is Crystal Geyser, near Green River, and right on the Green river...


The La Sal Mountain Loop road is a nice one day drive. Enter it after a nice drive down hwy 128, alongside the CO River, then travel up into the La Sal Mountains and eventually ending up south of Moab.

So many places and so much to see. Just say what you want to do most, such as driving around, hitting some dirt trails, hiking, etc.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:34 PM   #15
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My truck is not lifted; just a standard 4 X 4 F-250. I'm open to renting a jeep or ATV. I can't bring my Harley on this trip, but I did buy a couple of scooters for us to tool around on. I'd like to do some short hikes. Love your pictures, BTW!
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:59 PM   #16
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Gleaner hit the nail on the head....and you'll be blown away as to how each area is so distinctively different from the next. It's going to be memorable for you.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:55 PM   #17
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Short hikes:
Good reference here for short hikes....
Moab, Utah Official Tourist Information - Get up-to-date vacation planning information from the official tourism source for the city of Moab.

Easy 4x4 roads that normal clearance vehicles usually can do (have not lived there for a year, so trails do change).
Gemini Arch just north of Arches. It's a nice dirt trail that goes up the side of a mesa so if someone does not like heights, not the one to try. But it takes you to the Gemini Bridges.

If you rent a jeep, a great one, again if not afraid of heights or narrow roads, is Potash road, into Canyonlands and up Shafer Trail into Canyonlands.

Part of Shafer trail....


From the very top of Shafer trail...



And easier switch back road is Mineral bottom, off Hwy 313 just before the split on the highway to Deadhorse Point state park and Canyonlands NP. Very easy and takes you down to the Green River for a nice spot for a picnic. Would be no problem with your truck.
View into Mineral Bottom


Kane Creek road, runs off Hwy 191 (main street through Moab) between Burger King and McDonalds is a great road. Starts out paved, then turns to dirt. Great views. Toward the end there are some minor ledges, so I recommend a jeep or decent clearance. Not bad ledges at all. Hurrah pass on Kane Creek has a great view of the potash fields across the river. After Hurrah pass, it starts to get nastier; not terrible, but more ledges and large rock.

Before doing Kane Creek or Mineral Bottom, I highly suggest calling the BLM office in Moab for road conditions. Even though they are technically county maintained roads, they would know if any closures due to weather.

In 2010 (I believe), Mineral bottom was destroyed. But the national highway administration came in and rebuilt it, actually paved spots that were noted to have rain damage. That's why it sometimes helps to call and check.
(News photo.)

Good place to rent a jeep is Canyonlands Jeep on main street. (If you have a dog, I don't believe they will allow dogs in their Jeeps...not sure.)

If into dino tracks, plenty of those around like at Copper Ridge or Mill Canyon.

A good place to visit to get info is the Moab Information Center at Main and Center street; downtown Moab. There website has a wealth of information on the parks, the places to hike, etc.
City of Moab's Official Tourism Website - Get up-to-date vacation planning information from the only official source for the city of Moab.

And if you just want to travel through Moab quickly, and not have to worry about bumper-to-bumper traffic on the main road....
From the north, turn onto 500 West (first traffic light before Moab and after crossing river coming from the North). Take that till it ends at Kane Creek, and turn left. That will take you to Hwy 191.

If coming up from the south. Turn left onto Kane Creek (between McDonalds and Burger King), turn right onto 500 West, and take that till it ends at Hwy 191, north of town.
The locals shortcut to avoid traffic.
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Thanks guys for your input! f5moab...I really appreciate the detailed info; I'll put it to good use. We made it to Springdale on Wednesday evening. We did Zion yesterday, and are going to Bryce in a few minutes. Will leave for Moab on Monday morning. GT777...How was your trip? I didn't mean to hijack your thread!
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