Moab must be the outdoors capital of the west. All things outdoos you can find in Moab: ATV driving, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, cayaking, canoeing and glamping. This is the area of the movie 127 Hours. This is the place where Thelma and Louise drove off the cliff. It is a home of two national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, and one Utah State Park, Dead Horse Point. We had high expectations.
We would also stay for 3 nights in the same town for the first time since Las Vegas. We had reserved a room in Redstone Inn in Moab. Very good location in the town to see both parks and find rations. It was a basic motel room in a pet-friendly motel so there were some dogs on the premises which was nice.
We spent the first day in Canyonlands. The landscape was totally different from the previous parks. It was amazing how you could see canyons spreading to the horizon. I would not recommend Canyonlands to a person with agoraphobia. We visited only one side of the park: Islands in the sky. There is also another area belonging to Canyonlands: The Needles.
First we drove all the way to the southernmost part of Islands in the sky. Grand View Point Overlook has possibly the widest view that we experienced during our trip. It made us speechless. You could see the difference in weather in two sides of the park. There was rain in the east and sunshine in the west.
We did two short hikes in Canyonlands: The Upheaval Dome first and second overlooks and Mesa Arch. Mesa Arch is very popular so it is very difficult to get pictures without other people photobombing them.
The last stop in Canyonlands was Shafer Canyon Overlook. The place was very windy and I thought the wind would sweep us down into the canyon.
We had time to visit the nearby Dead Horse Point Utah State Park. It had served as a location for the final scene of Thelma and Louise.
Utah is a popular filming location. America The Beautiful annual pass for federally run National Parks was not valid for the state parks. We had to pay the entrance fee to enter.