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Location: Denver

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Moab

Denver, Moab
Denver, Moab
Denver, Moab

Content: We started our road trip to Canyonlands National Park from Denver. The total distance is 350 miles and took 6.5 hours, with a gas stop along the way. We took I-70 from Denver into Utah, then Scenic Byway 128 through Cisco joining up with Highway 191 just north of Moab.

Location: Moab

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Hyatt Place Moab

Moab, Hyatt Place Moab
Moab, Hyatt Place Moab
Moab, Hyatt Place Moab

Content: Beautiful new property with spacious rooms and rustic modern decor. Heated pool and huge hot tub with large fireplace makes for a relaxing way to end the day

Canyonlands National Park

Moab, Canyonlands National Park
Moab, Canyonlands National Park
Moab, Canyonlands National Park
Moab, Canyonlands National Park

Content: It took us 45 minutes to drive here from Moab (33 miles). It costs $30 per vehicle to enter the park and this is good for seven days.

Location: Canyonlands National Park

Day 1 - 1 May 2019

Visitor Center Viewpoint

Canyonlands National Park, Visitor Center Viewpoint
Canyonlands National Park, Visitor Center Viewpoint
Canyonlands National Park, Visitor Center Viewpoint

Content: Canyonlands wastes no time trying to impress first-time visitors. One of the best views in Island in the Sky is located just across the street from the Visitor Center.

Shafer Canyon

Canyonlands National Park,  Shafer Canyon
Canyonlands National Park,  Shafer Canyon
Canyonlands National Park,  Shafer Canyon

Content: Just past the Visitor Center is a turn-off for the Shafer Canyon Overlook. We parked here and walked down to the wide plateau that offers views of the Shafer Trail, a dirt road that is only accessible if you have a 4×4.

Grand View Point

Canyonlands National Park, Grand View Point
Canyonlands National Park, Grand View Point
Canyonlands National Park, Grand View Point

Content: Grand View Point is located at the very end of Grand View Point Road. Park in the large car park and then it is just a short walk on a paved trail to the viewpoint. This is a very popular viewpoint so it might be difficult to find an empty parking space.

Buck Canyon

Canyonlands National Park, Buck Canyon
Canyonlands National Park, Buck Canyon
Canyonlands National Park, Buck Canyon
Canyonlands National Park, Buck Canyon

Content: This overlook is located on Grand View Point Road. Park in the car park and it is a very short walk to the overlook. From the edge of the mesa, we got panoramic views out to the canyons formed by the Colorado River.

Green River

Canyonlands National Park, Green River
Canyonlands National Park, Green River

Content: The turn-off for Green River Overlook is located on Upheaval Dome Road, just past the junction with Grand View Point Road. There is a large car park here (and restrooms). It’s a short walk on a paved trail to the viewpoint.

Moab Diner

Canyonlands National Park, Moab Diner
Canyonlands National Park, Moab Diner

Content: Perfect spot after a long hiking. We just got eggs, toast and hash browns so wasn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary, but it was so good. We added their special green chili sauce, which to our surprise was not green and more like a gravy, but it was delicious. Would definitely come back!

Location: Canyonlands National Park

Day 2 - 2 May 2019

Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Arch
Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Arch
Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Arch

Content: To visit Mesa Arch, we hiked 0.5 miles round trip. The entire visit takes 30 minutes, a little longer if you get here early to photograph the sunrise. From the Visitor Center, it’s a 10-minute drive to get here.

White Rim

Canyonlands National Park, White Rim
Canyonlands National Park, White Rim
Canyonlands National Park, White Rim

Content: White Rim Overlook is a 1.8-mile round trip hike that took about an hour of ours time. It’s totally flat and offers similar views as the hike from Grand View Point. However, this trail is much less crowded and it was one of our favorite unexpected surprises in Canyonlands.

Upheaval Dome

Canyonlands National Park, Upheaval Dome
Canyonlands National Park, Upheaval Dome
Canyonlands National Park, Upheaval Dome

Content: Upheaval Dome is a large crater that was most likely formed by a meteorite, although there are other theories about its creation. It’s an easy to moderate hike on well-marked trails. There are two overlooks and the second one was our favorite. The entire hike is 1.8 miles round trip and it takes 1 to 1.5 hours to hike the whole thing.

Whale Rock

Canyonlands National Park, Whale Rock
Canyonlands National Park, Whale Rock
Canyonlands National Park, Whale Rock

Content: Whale Rock is a quick hike where we hiked up a huge slab of slickrock for panoramic views over this side of the park. It is 1 mile round trip and takes 30 minutes to one hour. Kids found this to be fun. The parking lot is only about a half mile away from Upheaval Dome.

Aztec Butte

Canyonlands National Park, Aztec Butte
Canyonlands National Park, Aztec Butte
Canyonlands National Park, Aztec Butte

Content: This is similar to Whale Rock in that you get to hike up onto slickrock but you also get to see ancient granaries. It’s 2 miles round trip and takes just over an hour. The parking lot is located on Upheaval Dome Road near the turn-off for the Green River Overlook.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park
Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park

Content: Dead Horse Point State Park is often overlooked by many people when they visit Moab. Since it’s a “state park” it doesn’t get the same recognition as the National Parks. But don’t let that fool you. This little state park is amazing!

El Charro Loco

Canyonlands National Park, El Charro Loco

Content: The food was incredible! Their re fried beans are fantastic and have really delicious seasoning. Amazing prices for the portions. Some of the most courteous service we had ever experienced! Wonderful and friendly atmosphere

Location: Canyonlands National Park

Day 3 - 3 May 2019

Sweet Cravings Bakery + Bistro

Canyonlands National Park, Sweet Cravings Bakery + Bistro
Canyonlands National Park, Sweet Cravings Bakery + Bistro
Canyonlands National Park, Sweet Cravings Bakery + Bistro

Content: We checked out of the hotel and went for breakfast. This place is so sweet! So many options on the menu, even for vegetarians! Breakfast, lunch, pies, coffee, tea were all delicious! And the employees were so nice and friendly with good recommendations for what to choose.

The Needles

Canyonlands National Park,  The Needles
Canyonlands National Park,  The Needles
Canyonlands National Park,  The Needles

Content: The Needles is less visited than Island in the Sky because of its location. It sits right next to Island in the Sky, but access is from US-191. From the Island in the Sky Visitor Center, it is a 2-hour drive (106 miles).

Location: Moab

Day 3 - 3 May 2019

Denver

Moab, Denver
Moab, Denver
Moab, Denver

Content: We went back home after an amazing Canyonlands National Park road trip. Its a must visit park.