The Best Hikes Around Moab, Utah

So as you have probably seen on our Instagram @livepositivelyseattle, we just got back from one AMAZING weekend in Moab, Utah.

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Now I have been to Utah a lot, what with family living here and my college life being spent there, but I had never ventured out to the fame of Utah.

We ate a lot, we relaxed a lot, but mostly we hiked. Which is really where I get my flow.

Corona Arch 

The first hike we did was in Arches National Park located about 45 minutes from the little town of Moab.

It starts out as a steep climb for a couple of hundred feet and then you get to cross some train tracks which just adds to the charm.

You continue up a very clearly marked path by piles of stones called cairns (basically a man-made stack of rocks).

This leads you to a beautiful arch sticking right out of the side of a mountain. It is impossible to describe the beauty of the red sandstone in contrast with the deep blue sky and green shrubs.

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The faces of the mountains also have a black almost charcoal looking feature that further increases the dramatic contrast.

Right before the arch there is a skylight that truly captures the colors in Moab like no other.

On a scale of 1 to 10, the difficulty of the Arches Hike was probably a 5, it had some rough moments, but overall a relatively easy hike.

On the “Worth it” scale from 1 to Awesome, I would rate Corona Arch an Awesome. Amazing views, fun twists and great memories.

Mesa Arch 

Mesa Arch is found in Canyonlands National Park (not Candyland as I first thought it was called). The drive from town is closer about 45 minutes to an hour depending on the traffic.

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The thing that is amazing about Mesa Arch is the work to view ratio. The hike takes about 15 minutes and isn’t hard at all.

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I do warn you though, the look really sneaks up on you.

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Delicate Arch

This in Arches National Park and is about a 30 minute drive from the city of Moab, and granted this was in the off season so it was with no traffic.

Out of the hikes we went on this trip, this one was probably the most difficult. It is very steep with a lot of ups and downs and change of terrain. But it was definitely the best.

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As we got close to the top, a friendly hiker showed us a cool view that was a little off the trail. It was amazing!

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Delicate Arch is the fame of Utah, and for a good reason. It is spectacular!

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It was probably an 8 out of 10 on the difficulty scale but a 10 out of 10 on the “Worth It” Scale.

It is a DEFINITE must to see when you go to Moab.

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Dead Horse Point 

Dead Horse Point is also in Canyonlands National Park, it is about an 30-40 minutes out of town, but it is probably the most awe-inspiring view I have ever seen.

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The canyons stretch for miles and miles and from this vantage point, it is enough to bring you to your knees (especially if heights make you queasy).

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There isn’t really a hike associated with Dead Horse Point, you can just walk right out of your car to the look out point which makes it very easy and relaxing.

Overall, the hikes were amazing! I have never felt so replenished after a weekend of physical activity.  I can’t wait to head back and see more of the amazing scenery of these National Parks.

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I will be posting tomorrow about some of the best eateries in Moab!

Message me with any questions!

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