On the Road to Moab

Moab, UT

The first three weeks of our stay in Zion RV Resort were very pleasant, as it was not tourist season and the park was only about two thirds full.  But during the last week of our stay many area schools were on break and the park began to fill up.  This past weekend the park was completely full and very chaotic.  Each new visitor must have been required to either bring two ATVs, three motocross bikes, or eight young screaming children.   So we were very happy to get on the road early yesterday morning and head north, then west to Moab.

Our original plan was to work our way through southern Utah from west to east, with visits to Zion, then Bryce Canyon, then Arches National Parks.  But that’s before we found out that Bryce Canyon, our next planned visit only fifty miles east of Zion, is much higher in elevation than Zion and, therefore, much colder.  We have now decided to make a big circle around the high country and visit Arches National Park next.  In a few weeks the higher elevations should warm considerably so we’ll circle back into the high country to visit Bryce Canyon and other parks in the center of the state.

The trip yesterday was about three hundred fifty miles of interstate highway through some very beautiful and diverse terrain.  We first headed north on I-15 through a valley with mountains on both sides.

As we continued north, we could see some very high mountains with a great deal of snow cover.

After about a hundred miles, we turned to the east on I-70.  Very soon the highway climbed sharply and we were in those mountains that we saw earlier.  While it may have been spring in the valley, in the mountains it is definitely still winter.

After crossing the mountains we soon began to descend back into the desert.  Snow covered mountains were not far off, though.

As we continued to lose altitude, the scenery changed completely to desert with some great views of the rocky landscape.

We then drove across a long flat area where there were no services for a hundred and ten miles.  At the end of that long drive we descended a long, fairly steep grade while coming off of the San Rafael Reef.

After stopping in Green River (a pretty desolate town, from our quick visit) for fuel, we continued on to the exit for Moab, then headed south for another thirty miles.  As we approached Moab, the La Sal Mountains to the east provided some great vistas.

After going through Moab, we quickly settled into our new home in the OK RV Park, a few miles south of town.   OK RV is not the nicest park we’ve stayed in, but the site is level and has good utilities.  But the best thing about it is that there are no children!

Out our front window we have a nice view of the red rocks of the canyon walls.

While behind us we still have a great view of the snow covered mountains.

Today we’ll head into Arches NP to stop at the visitor’s center and take a driving tour of the park.  After that we’ll plan some hikes to the far corners of the park.

More on that later . . .

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23 Responses to On the Road to Moab

  1. Lisa says:

    What a beautiful drive! I’d say the views at the park and lack of kids make for a great place to stay!

  2. cathy says:

    We feel your pain! We just arrived to Santee Lakes Rec Area, outside San Diego. There are kids EVERYWHERE, and I think they each brought 2 bikes. Oh well, I’m sure we’ll manage OK.

  3. Hans says:

    We are now patiently waiting for your next batch of great hikes! I have been to Moab a few times and have mountain biked several of the trails. Some of these trails are also good to hike: Klondike Bluffs.. hike next to the dino tracks, Check out the Slickrock trail and the short practice trail to see some pretty good mtn biking riding… Lisa and I did the Slickrock trail on our bikes and she said it was harder than giving birth! Take the jeep up to upper Porcupine rim and hike north, the views are incredible. Have fun….. Hans

    • placestheygo says:

      We’re doing the Jeep Trail to Klondike Bluffs tomorrow and we’ll hike to Tower Arch. We are then planning to return using the 9 mile “Eye of the Whale” Jeep trail. We need to find trails off the beaten path for this week I think. Thanks for the ideas!!

  4. Can’t way to hear all abot it! We’ll be in Moab in about 3 weeks.
    Nins

  5. Amanda says:

    We’ll be following your exact route in about a week or so. It will be one of the longest drives we have done in one day. Glad to know that it includes some interesting scenery. Enjoy the quiet park and we look forward to hearing about the hikes in Arches.

  6. Gay and Joe Taylor says:

    Can’t wait for your adventures! We plan to go there in May!

  7. Arches is one place we have never been to, so Im looking forward to your stories. That was a beautiful and scenic drive.
    -ML

  8. Pam says:

    Looks like another great adventure in the works. I wondered about the weather at Bryce. Sounds like you made a wise decision.

  9. Sue says:

    Loved your pictures, especially the one with the scenery reflected in the side of your motorhome. That drive is spectacular, glad you just sat and looked and took pictures for us. We were there in July and stayed at Portal RV Resort, nice place as I remember. If you get a chance, take a jet boat ride on the river. Enjoy your stay Sue

  10. Janna says:

    Beautiful country you are enjoying! We experienced the same thing at the beginning of Easter weekend in a Texas state park–the noise, the hundreds of kids–and why do people think we want to listen to their brand of music??

    • placestheygo says:

      Oh, yes, forgot to include the music in that list of items everyone brought! I don’t mind the kids but why do they all have yell from one end of the park to other! And we really don’t need hear everyone’s conversation. Oh, well, that our first time with that much noise and confusion.

  11. LuAnn says:

    We have not yet been to Arches so look forward to more beautiful photos and hike information.

  12. Marsha says:

    Gorgeous header!
    Oh dear…eight children each. Guess we are lucky that not many families ever camp at the Elks.
    Good decision on the circling back!
    Gorgeous drive!
    I love the view out the front and back of your campsite. Couldn’t ask for much more!

  13. I like the idea of seeing Zion, Bryce Canyon, & Arches National Parks. Your so lucky! Have Fun!

  14. Erin says:

    Haven’t had the “screaming kids” encounters this Spring Break … yet. Arches holds a special place in my heart as it was where we did our first real red rock hike … up to Delicate Arch. I remember it as being pretty easy. I guess you’ll let me know if my recollection is correct.

    • placestheygo says:

      We never had this many kids when we did FL the past two years, so this was a shock.

      We will be hiking to the Delicate Arch next week. We are thinking of hiking out for sunset. It should be less crowded and great lighting. We may be hiking a lot later in the evening if the crowds keep up. There is nothing worse than a group hiking. We like the solitude of hiking.

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