We spent a good week in the Moab area, camping at Archview RV Park, a perfectly fine park about 10 minutes north of Arches National Park. We probably wouldn’t stay there again—the park really catered to folks driving ATVs—but it was a fine base of operations for us.
As I noted previously, we didn’t plan to hit Arches at all on this trip, and we focussed instead on the northern section of Canyonlands National Park, which includes the rather unbelievable Island in the Sky. Susan and I hiked together a bit, and she also went out for a day by herself to do a longer group of hikes (my knee can’t take too many long hikes, and I overdid it the past couple of weeks).
I have to say that Canyonlands is nothing short of breathtaking in its scope, and worth a visit from anyone looking for something a little less busy than other national parks in California and Utah. From the Needles to Elephant Rock to Island in the Sky, to the Green River, the Colorado River and more, it is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been, and Susan and I both felt as if we missed quite a bit. As was the case with our trip to Zion, Canyonlands is one of those places on our shortlist for a return visit.