Destination: Moab, Utah

Driving into Moab, Utah via the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway.

Driving into Moab, Utah via the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway.

There are two ways to reach Moab when driving in from Colorado on I-70. For scenery, visitors should take SR-128, also known as the Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway. This 40+ mile stretch first skirts the ghost town of Cisco and winds through open range, then shadows the river and steep rock walls as you near Moab.

The ghost town of Cisco

The ghost town of Cisco

Open range

Open range

Colorado River

Colorado River

Moab is a “park and walk anywhere” kind of town, with just one main street; no navigation needed. It’s a base camp for exploring the nearby Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, and is a hub for rafting, hiking, bicycling, outdoor photography, stand up paddle boarding down the river and a mess of other activities.

Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park

My Moab lodging was a hefty $11 at the Lazy Lizard Hostel, more of a campground with a main house, cabins and outdoor areas. I secured my room, then left town to catch sunset at Arches National Park. When I returned, the other guests were outside playing acoustic guitar and chatting around picnic tables like pre-teens at summer camp. I called a girlfriend and shuffled around the gravel parking lot as we mused over life happenings, and when that was sorted through I went inside and climbed into my always-the-top bunk. In the morning I would leave Moab for Canyonlands, then head north to Salt Lake City.

Stopping for a burger after booking my room and before heading out to Arches National Park for the evening

Stopping for a burger after booking my room and before heading out to Arches National Park for the evening

Learn more about Moab here.

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