3 Days in Moab

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Moab, Utah, home of the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, is also home to many amazing hotels and restaurants. This destination is perfect for solo travelers, couples and families. Considering Moab for a weekend getaway anytime soon? Hopefully this three-day Moab itinerary will help point you in the right direction, especially if there's a hotel where I can add free perks on for you!

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Sorrel River Ranch Resort

A destination in and of itself, Sorrel River has amazing views, its own farm, horseback riding and more.

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Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton

Offering views of Moab’s red rocks, Hoodoo is 10 minutes from Arches National Park, and the interior design pays homage to the surrounding Western landscape.

Under Canvas Moab

This luxe desert glamping retreat, near two national parks, is the perfect home base from which to explore the surrounding natural playground.

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Day 1: Start your three days in Moab with delicious food and a stunning sunset

a red-rock arch formation against a blue and pink sky at sunset

Arrive in Moab. You will likely be arriving in Salt Lake City, if you are not driving to your destination from home. If so, the drive is about four hours, but luckily, once you get there you will be outside practically the whole time.

Once you get over to Moab, head over to your hotel for check-in. Although this particular destination is known for it's natural beauty, it has pretty great food, too. Moab prides itself on a regional southwestern cuisine with a hint of world-class flare. Depending on where your hotel is, I recommend grabbing lunch on your way in from the airport and heading out for dinner. Catch the sunset with a view and really soak it in. You've made it!

Day 2: Explore Moab's national parks

deep red-rock canyon in Utah

Rise and Shine! It's your first (and only) full day in Moab, so it's worth starting early. I highly recommend either Arches or Canyonlands to start your day.

My favorite, Arches, quickly gets very crowded, especially in the summer months, so head out early. If you opt for Arches, consider stopping at Sorrel River Ranch for lunch (if you're not already staying there!).

If you're over at the Canyonlands, definitely pack some snacks + a lunch. This park is a bit further away from civilization than Arches.

Activities that are readily available throughout Moab include horseback riding, canyoning / climbing, ATV / UTV and dirt bike tours, mountain biking, ballooning and even water activities, if you're visiting in the summer.

In my opinion, the best dinner option for a special weekend is definitely Antica Forma or Desert Bistro.

Day 3: End your three days in Moab with a well deserved spa day

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Time to trek home, but not before some time at the spa! As I travel to new places and experience new things, adding a spa day (even if it's a mani / pedi) at the end of a trip can really tie up a lot of loose ends, especially on a trip where you're constantly moving.

The best spas in Moab are of course within the hotels. If you're staying off the beaten path, or need spa recommendations Spa Moab, San Miguel Wellness Retreat and the spas at either Sorrel River or Hoodoo Moab should definitely be on your list!

Need to Know

Looking for more travel tips? Check out Fora Advisor Susan Entwistle's guide, Eat, Drink & Explore the Outdoors in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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