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.

Tags: National Parks, Off the beaten path