- Visited: October 2019
- Time spent: 6 nights
- 5 adults: my mum & dad, me, John and my little cousin Anne
- Accommodation: Red Cliff Condos (just outside Moab)
- Flights from Chicago: approx. $273 pp (we flew with Southwest) Apartment: $1,330 (in total), car rental: $260 (in total)
- Food/drink, gas (petrol), park fees: approx. $286 pp
- Total spend per person: $877
Getting there: We all met up in Salt Lake City, Utah. Mum, dad and Anne flew from Montreal (via Toronto) on the Friday night and stayed in an airport hotel. John and I flew with Southwest from Chicago Midway early on Saturday morning.
Getting Around: Dad organized the hire car from the UK (we often find there are better deals hiring cars in the USA from the UK – insurance included etc). Saying that, I can’t work out how/why this car hire was so cheap, even with Dad being Avis preferred. So take that car hire price with a pinch of salt. We also paid for an upgrade to a SUV ($25 per day) and for me to be an extra driver ($85 in total). It was worth upgrading from a full-size car to a SUV – more luggage space and a little more room for 5 adults.
The drive from Salt Lake City to Moab is around 4 hours.
What to do: Moab is perfectly situated to explore Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. Having a week in Moab meant we could explore each of the parks but also have time to chill out and read, eat, drink, sleep! You could definitely spend less time there and still explore all the parks. We were only spending on average about 4-5 hours in the parks per day. You could also spend way longer than a week. There are tons of hikes and activities that we didn’t do, arches we didn’t visit.
These parks are perfect for all ages and abilities. There are more difficult, strenuous hikes for those who are fitter or able-bodied. But there’s plenty to do for little ones or those who are unable to hike far. There were lots of ‘drive, get out and admire the beautiful view/arch/canyon, drive to the next spot’ opportunities.
Where to stay: John and I normally camp when we visit Utah, but with my parents and Anne we decided renting an apartment would be a bit more civilized! We were hoping to find a place in the town center so we could walk to restaurants but struggled to find exactly what we wanted. We ended up at some condos just out of town and it turned out to be absolutely perfect. Not far from Moab and the condo was beautifully decorated, comfortable and perfect for hanging out, cooking, relaxing!
Where to eat: We stopped off to stock up at Walmart on the drive down to Moab. We also went to City Market almost every day for sandwiches and other items. It had everything there you could want (within reason). We ate breakfast at home every day and bought sandwiches (sandwiches at City Market were a bit dry, we ended up at Subway eventually) on our way to the parks each day. At night we either cooked at home (dad loved the huuuuge bbq at our condo) or went out to eat.
The restaurants in Moab are pretty limited to burgers and ribs. We tried Susie’s Branding Iron (we loved our waitress, food was good and plentiful), The Blu Pig (my ribs were delicious but kind of lukewarm, as were the fries) and the Moab Brewery (fun atmosphere, food was ok). Our favorite was The Spoke on Center. Everything here was extremely delicious – ceviche, pastas, burgers, crab chowder … 😋
What’s your experience of Moab and the parks? Next time I’d love to do some ATV-ing in the red dirt!