Canyonlands National Park
Don't go this far without seeing other great sites in the area. Here are some suggestions to check out:
Canyonlands' Sister Parks
Arches National Park
At 73,379 acres, this park has the largest number of natural stone arches (over 966). Designated a national monument in 1929, Arches was established as a national park in 1971.
Dead Horse Point State Park
Many people combine a visit to Island in the Sky with a visit to Dead Horse Park, as this is where the scenery of Southeast Utah is showcased at its best. A sheer-walled narrow mesa poised above Canyonlands, Dead Horse Park covers 5,082 acres. It has a visitors center, hiking trails, and campgrounds.
Other Natural Wonders
Manti-La Sal National Forest
The 1,413,111-acre Manti-La Sal National Forest hosts approximately one million visitors annually. There are numerous activities ranging from camping, boating and cross-country skiing to just reveling in the forest environment.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Nearly all of 200-mile-long Lake Powell winds its way through Utah. The water covers a labyrinth of scenic canyons and remnants of prehistoric culture. The lake was created in the 1950s when the Colorado River was dammed.
The gateway to Canyonlands as well as Arches National Parks, Moab is worth a visit itself. Looming above the Moab valley are the 12,500 La Sal Mountains. Moab boasts magnificent red rock scenery, and is a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.
Check out Moab's museums and visitors center:
John Wesley Powell Museum
This visitor center and museum provides a fine overview on the man who explored the Green and Colorado Rivers. Located at 855 East Main Street, call 801-564-4327.
Dan O'Laurie Museum
Everything you want to know about the Moab area. Features exhibits on geology, natural history, prehistory, etc. Located at 110 East Center, call 801-259-7985.
Moab Information Center: 801-259-8825 or 800-635-6622
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication