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Not backpacking this trip, but have time for a couple of day hikes.  I'll get there on Saturday, then be around all of Sunday and Monday.

- Any suggestion for a nice drive on Saturday if I get there early enough?
- Suggestions for Sunday and Monday hikes?  I'd like to pick out a couple of nice hikes (5-15 miles).  I am open to both Arches and Canyonlands, as I've never been down to this are before.  Well aware that 2 days isn't enough to do it justice, but two days is what I have :)  Druid Arches in Canyonlands looks like it might be fun.  Any great hikes I should make sure to do?
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PostIcon Posted on: Oct. 30 2012, 10:54 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Some thoughts from a local -
If you get here with a couple of hours of daylight left, head up to the Island in the Sky district of CNP and take in the sweeping views of the Green and Colorado River canyons  with a sunset at Grandview Point where you can see all the way to the Needles district. Bring binoculars.

Druid Arch is a great dayhike, Elephant Canyon in the Needles is just amazingly gorgeous. It takes about an hour and 15 min to drive there from Moab, get an early start.

A suggestion for your last day would be to head up to Arches and hike the Devil's Garden loop, about 7 miles with all of the spurs off to various arches, at the end of the park road. Do that first then work your way back out of the park doing some sight seeing and shorter hikes, maybe even hike up to Delicate Arch, a 3 mile RT.
Hope this helps a bit, any questions about the area...feel free.


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PostIcon Posted on: Oct. 31 2012, 4:56 pm Skip to the previous post in this topic. Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Awesome reply CN.

If you're locked into 3 nights in Moab given your time you're probably not going to get any better suggestions than that. I would just add that if you're coming from the South and Natural Bridges can somehow be added to your route the loop there is 8 or 9 miles  and pretty special IMO. But that's just one of many hikes that you could consider depending on what your route is going to be if you're in fact driving there.

Whatever you do have a wonderful trip.


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Thanks!  That looks like a great plan (and probably a great introduction to the area)

Thanks a ton for the comprehensive response.  I actually think that's exactly what I'll do.  

I haven't done any hiking in these areas before (most of my hiking has been in Colorado and Wyoming).  Anything I should be aware of while I'm there?

Thanks again!
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My family and I will be hiking the Murphy Trail in the Island in the Sky portion of Canyonlands NP. Hopefully good weather and the southern exposure will contribute to a great hike.
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We only had 2 nights in Arches back in 2008 and we day hiked Devils Garden, drove to Delicate Arch and hiked there, and then car toured The Windows, Park Ave, and some other places. I loved Devils Garden!

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I'll be there as well !

We're driving down to my Mom's house in Phoenix, AZ for Thanksgiving, and weather permitting, we're planning on taking the long way through Moab, then south, and lingering a few days in the area.


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Hmmm seems like a good idea.  May just have to head up from Tucson...

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One other quick question.  For that itinerary, will a 4 wheel drive car be required at all?  I can bring my Jeep, but due to gas mileage I'd rather take my car if it'll be able to get me everywhere I need to go.

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No 4X4 needed, it's all paved.

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