3 Day Moab National Park Itinerary

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This itinerary condenses the highlights of both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks and allows for outdoor activities while leaving some flexibility for personal preferences or additional explorations based on your interests.

Day 1: Arrival and Arches National Park


  • Arrive in Moab by midday or early afternoon.
  • Check into your accommodation.
  • Head straight to Arches National Park.
  • Visit the visitor center to gather information and maps.
  • Explore key landmarks such as Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, and the Windows Section.
  • Enjoy a sunset hike or viewpoints in the park.
  • Return to Moab for dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2: Canyonlands National Park - Island in the Sky


  • Have breakfast at your accommodation or in Moab.
  • Drive to Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky district.
  • Begin with Mesa Arch Trail and Grand View Point Overlook for stunning vistas.


  • Take in more viewpoints like Green River Overlook and Shafer Canyon Overlook.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the park's designated areas.
  • Optionally, squeeze in a short hike or visit Dead Horse Point State Park for panoramic views.
  • Return to Moab in the late afternoon.

Day 3: Outdoor Adventures and Departure


  • Start your morning with breakfast in town.
  • Engage in outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking, or a 4x4 off-road tour.


  • Have lunch in Moab.
  • If time allows, visit Moab Giants Dinosaur Park.
  • Explore any remaining interests or local attractions.


  • Depending on your departure time, use the remainder of your day for any last-minute exploration, shopping, or relaxation.
  • Depart from Moab in the late afternoon or evening.