Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are spectacular during the shoulder season, and Moab is the perfect place to stay for day trips to both. The crowds aren’t overwhelming at all during early November, though the wind can be a cold.
We had only four days to explore, so we packed plenty of water and our fave fast food, peanut butter and pretzels. We chose two hikes over two days at Canyonlands, a moderate Delicate Arch and easy Park Avenue. We also enjoyed stopping at all the other viewpoints along the road through the park.
For Canyonlands we skipped hiking, except for short viewpoint trails. Old knees just aren’t what they used to be. The final day we toured Moab back roads on the hunt for petroglyphs.
We stopped at the visitor centers for both national parks, where trained staff members ask questions and respond with suitable tips and ideas to help people make the most of the time they have available.
Maybe we should have mentioned our old knees, for trekking poles would have been great for the Delicate Arch.
For the back road adventure, we used a brochure from the RV Park office.
Moab Brewery was so good, we never tried another of the fine eating establishments in town. Our fave brews were Black Raven Oatmeal Stout and FMU (From Moab Utah) IPA, and their vegan/veggie options fueled our adventures quite nicely! By the way, stop for the non-dairy sorbet afterward… we tried each flavor. The chocolate was darkly decadent, clearly a fave!
Where we stayed
OK RV Park just outside of downtown Moab, was okay! Easy in and out for big rigs, site was level and all utilities worked. We were too busy with adventures to notice much else.
For more details about where we stayed and played, open our Oregon Southward Travel Planning map and tap or click on the POIs.
After that hike to Delicate Arch, we took our aching knees to an outfitter shop near Moab Brewery, where we purchased poles similar to the ones shown above. After smaller hikes the next day, we returned to the shop, where a staff member fine-tuned one of the poles, which seemed to have a lost part. That’s one advantage to shopping in person instead of online.