arches, canyonlands & dead horse in 1 day

Leah Fishman

While driving through Utah, I knew that I had to stop and see at least two Utah National Parks on the way. Arches & Canyonlands are a natural pair: located side-by-side, you can totally hit both in one long day. While a 12-hour itinerary means no long hikes, you can see most (if not all) of the major landmarks from your car or by trekking 10-20 minutes off road. Dead Horse is a bonus if you finish both parks before sunset! Stay in Moab two nights for easy access.

Dead Horse Point State Park, Grand View Point Overlook, Green River Overlook, Mesa Arch, Shafer Trail Viewpoint, Island in the Sky, Park Ave Viewpoint, The Windows Section, Devils Garden, Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock