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Spend weekend in Moab with family and discover an oasis that will heal

 Moab is a city in the middle of Utah which is well known for its outdoor activities. Moab is about three hours and forty minutes away from Salt Lake City. The distance from Salt Lake City to Moab is just under two hundred miles, around 197 miles. The great attraction to Moab is the red rock country its surrounded by. The city is very close to Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. 

Of the two it is hard to pick which one is more popular, but the most famous arch called the delicate arch is in Arches National Park. The arch is called delicate because it looks as though it will eventually crumble from rain erosion.

 People that live in Utah have an option to have the delicate arch as a background for their license plates. So you know I guess you can say that Arches National Park is the most popular. 

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park             Photo by Chris Janda

To get to Moab there are a few ways of getting there by car or by plane. The closest international airport is in Salt Lake City. There is also an airport in Grand Junction, Colorado which from you'd have to drive. Probably the cheapest for Utahns is to drive, unless you're visiting from out of state or outside of the United States. Driving to Moab from Salt Lake City, the best route probably would be to head south on I-15 and then switch to Highway 6 which you'll take until you merge onto I-70 heading east. Which after that you'll want to merge onto a smaller highway 191 southbound which will get you to Moab. 

If you don't enjoy lots of crowds than maybe Canyonlands National Park is more for you than Arches. Canyonlands is much bigger than Arches and has less than one million visitors per year. Arches on the other hand has more than a million visitors a year. 

The other beautiful idea and reality of the surrounding desert around Moab is its age. When I say age it is ancient and still among us to hike in and explore. From 320 to 285 million years ago, most of what today is the state of Utah was under water, beneath a very large ocean. Approximately a third of the land in Utah was once beneath water. Lot of the dinosaur fossils have been neatly preserved in the desert around Moab and other parts of Utah. 


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