When you’re doing Moab Trip Planning it’s important to make a list of your priorities. Are you coming for a special event? What sights do you want to see? Is there a day trip you would like to do? Any particular restaurants that you want to dine at?
The length of your trip will make a huge difference in your planning. Please keep in mind that during the busiest times of year traffic can be really bad. This can have a huge impact on time management. You can only do so much in a single day if you want to visit both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks.
If you only have one day then getting an early start is crucial. Do all of your food shopping the night before. Put water bottles in the fridge, load your day pack and get everything prepped so you can depart quickly. Arriving at Arches National Park before 8 AM will generally get you ahead of the crowds.
It’s a bit of a stretch trying to see both national parks in one day but it can be done. You won’t have time for any long hikes. But you can stop at several different overlooks and parking areas. This will allow you to do many short hikes to great vantage points. If you only have 1 or 2 days to spend in Moab it’s probably best if you come in May or June. This will allow you to take advantage of abundant daylight and late sunsets.
Visitors who can spend at least 4 days and 3 nights will be able to see the major sights at both national parks. Those with the luxury of having a week or more will be able to venture further afield. Places such as the La Sal Mountains, south end of Canyonlands and the drive along the Colorado River are worthy additions to your itinerary.
When doing Moab trip planning your wardrobe will be greatly impacted by the time of year that you choose to visit. You’ll want a variety of layers for spring and fall, warm clothes from November to early March and summer apparel from late May to mid September. Always have a windbreaker or rain gear with you because conditions can change quickly.