Wednesday, November 27, 2019
In early November we visited Moab for five days. November is off-season for Moab, so it was less crowded and the weather was cool but pleasant. We stayed at OK RV Park about 10 minutes south of town. We were able to use the Passport America discount since it was off-season and had full hook-ups (50 amp, water and sewer).
I recommend visiting Canyonlands Needles, south of Moab first. Be sure to fuel up and have plenty of water, since it is far outside town. This was a half day trip for us. On the way to Needles, stop and visit Newspaper Rock. Newspaper Rock is covered by hundreds of petroglyphs—one of the largest, best preserved and easily accessed groups in the Southwest. Canyonlands Needles has some gravel roads, so drive with care. Please go to the visiting center first to discuss your plans with a ranger so they can advise on the best views for your level of adventure. We enjoyed our hike and climb to the Cave Spring. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the paths, so Abby was able to enjoy the car ride and air conditioned car for our short adventures/hikes.
Then be sure to visit Dead Horse Point on your way to Canyonlands Island in the Sky. This was $20 entry per car and Abby was able to hike with us. Dead Horse Point is a state park and has more hiking and biking trails than our current experience. Island in the Sky is wonderful, be sure to stop at the visiting center to pick-up a map and be advised by the ranger on what to see based on your time and expertise. Mike and I visited Mesa Arch, Buck Canyon Overlook, and Grand View Point Overlook.
For a grand finally of your visit, I highly recommend Arches National Park. Abby stayed home since she was not allowed on hikes and this park was highly populated with visitors. The round trip through Arches will take you most of the day and cost you $30 per car. Get there early and pack a picnic lunch, plenty of water and fuel up. As always, we recommend visiting the visitors center and coordinate plan with a ranger. Be sure to check out Balancing Rock, Window Arches, Delicate Arch, and Landscape Arch as we did this trip.
We plan to return next year to experience sunset through Delicate Arch, to step our feet in a Dinosaur Track hike, and a fiery furnace hike at Arches National Park; maybe a jeep off-road adventure.
Enjoy your visit to Moab and God bless!