Travel Stories: Southeast Utah (nearby Moab)

Some of the prettiest places you’ll ever lay eyes on.

Just about a month ago, my wife and I packed up a few things and headed out West to visit my brother/sister-in-law/nephews in Salt Lake City, Utah.  As I saw it, there were two main goals for this trip : (1) spend lots of quality time together and (2) visit  Moab and the beautiful national parks surrounding it. I had heard great things about this place and I was very interested to see if it lived up to the hype (it did–keep reading).

After about 4 hours in the car, we reached our first destination: Arches National Park.  Located just outside of Moab, Arches is approximately 120 square miles in size and is home to more than 2000 natural sandstone arches along with a variety of other breath-taking geological formations.  You can easily spend several days in this park and still not see everything that it has to offer (it’s really that big!).  Given our schedule for this trip, the plan was to squeeze as much in as possible in a matter of hours without having that “we did too much” feeling at the end.

Well, having experienced it first-hand, and then being able to relive it by viewing these images, I am happy to report that we were successful in executing this plan:

After recharging our batteries (and eating some really good Mexican food), we woke up the next morning and headed out to destination #2 of our trip: Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is approximately 530 square miles in size–that’s almost 4.5 times the size of Arches! The park itself is divided into four separate parts, the most popular of which is the Island In The Sky, and that’s exactly where we headed on this day.

The ride from the main entrance of Canyonlands to the Island In The Sky offers some of the most awe-inspiring scenery imaginable and gives you a good idea of what’s in store for you once you reach the end.  As you can see below, the view from the Island in The Sky is truly a sight to behold:

After an hour or so of taking in all that Canyonlands had to offer, we headed back to Salt Lake City and spent the rest of our trip putting the finishing touches on goal #1 of the trip. Unfortunately, this may be our last time in Utah for a while as my brother and his family are moving to Chicago in July.  However, after witnessing first-hand the beauty that this part of the State has to offer, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if we found ourselves back there in the not-too-distant future.

Special thanks goes to my brother and sister-in-law for planning such an amazing trip for my wife and I. Here’s a great picture of all of us taken at the end of our time at Canyonlands:

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Aneri - Great pictures!

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