Moab, Utah – RV Road Trip: Six States in Three Weeks Series

My first impression of Moab was personal.  I fell in love immediately.  Maybe it is the stark contrast between our lush, green forests of the Pacific Northwest compared to the red rock and blue skies of Moab.  But whatever it is, Moab is a truly unique and beautiful landscape.  And after one visit you will be hooked too.

I started visiting a few years ago.  Every year, I would actually fly to Salt Lake City and drive down to meet my dad.  My dad and his friends would drive from Texas and Florida in their class A coaches pulling their toys and jeeps used to explore the 4×4 trails.  But this past April, my family and I made Moab one of our last stops on our three week trip.

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We stayed six nights at my favorite RV campground, Portal RV Resort.  I love the location.  It is right near town on the main road through Moab and it is set off the road so you don’t get any highway noise.  This resort is very nice, clean and well maintained with all the amenities you want.  I have never stayed at any other place in Moab, but why would I?  This place has it all.

Portal RV park is divided into two sections, the north and south sides.  The south end is the owners’ section and reserved for newer class A’s and 5th-wheels.  The north end, where we stayed, is open to all RVers and tent campers.  North side rates start at $36/night for partial hookups and $42/night for full hookups.  The south side rates are $55/night.  Be sure to call well in advance to get a spot.  Moab is a popular destination for RVers especially March through October.

Exploring Moab

Moab is literally a huge outdoor playground. You can hike, bike, river raft, 4×4, really the options are endless.  You have Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse State Park, the La Sal Mountains, dinosaur bone sites, Native American petroglyphs and the list goes on and on.  So this time in Moab, I wanted to show my husband and kids everything.  I wanted them to experience all the places I come home talking about year after year.  Ready?  Check out my photo tour.

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch with La Sal Mountains in the background.


Balancing Rock


Tower of Babel


Wolfe Ranch


Sheep Rock Petroglyphs


More Arches National Park Photos






Canyonlands – North


Canyonlands – South

Newspaper Rock


Cowboy Camp at Cave Springs Trail


Near Cowboy Camp


Canyonlands South in the snow


Dead Horse State Park


Gemini Bridges


Sauropod Dinosaur Bones


Heading out to the 4×4 Trails


My dad’s, my brother’s, and dad’s friend’s toys


Steel Bender Trail


Hell’s Revenge 4×4 Trail


My brother and I! Don’t look down.


My brother and I in a ‘hot tub’ on Hell’s Revenge


My Dad on Hell’s Revenge 4×4 Trail


Me in the Unimog!


Know Before You Go

Thank you so much for reading and please feel free to share across your social networks.  Did you miss my other posts in the Six States in Three Weeks Series?  Catch up here:

Part One – The Road Trip that Changed My Life

Part Two – Getting to California

Part Three – Big Sur, California

Part Four – Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle

Part Five – Sequoia National Park

Part Six – Disneyland

Part Seven – Grand Canyon

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A=Portal RV Resort | B=Arches National Park | C=Canyonlands National Park North Side | D=Dead Horse State Park

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  1. The guide book is a great resource. I would also recommend Latitude 40 Moab West map. Those are found in the Moab Information Center downtown Moab or many of the shops or can be purchased online, canyonlands natural history association which stocks the information center. Glad you enjoyed Moab and the surrounds! Look into a Colorado River experience next visit. Standup paddleboarding, rafting, 2-4 hour jetboat tours that are dry-come-as-you-are, get out from behind a windshield of your vehicle kind of thing.

  2. Great post Carley. Moab is one of my favorite places. We have a reservation in April at Dead Horse Point SP. There’s always some new to discover and explore. BTW congrats on being in the top 50 blogs 🙂

    • Thank you Ingrid. We are going back later in the Spring too. It really never gets old there. My goal this year is to hike to the Green River and Colorado River confluence with the family. Looks amazing. Congrats to you as well. You have a great blog and amazing photos.

  3. Love your site. I felt the same as you about Moab we spent a christmas there WOW how beautiful. I think my favorite part is the drive coming from Colorado into Moab.

    • Hi Kymee – Thank you! I will have to check out that drive one day. Utah, Colorado, that part of the country is pretty beautiful in general. Last time we visited Moab, we drove from the southern side of the Grand Canyon and went through Monument Valley. So many cool places to see in this country. Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog.

  4. visitmoabutah says:

    Just thought your followers would like to know: January 19, February 14-16, April 18-19, August 25, September 26, and November 11 2015 are the free fee entrance dates for National Parks. According to National Park Service of 401 sites, only 133 charge a fee. It is time to go visit one in 2015. Of course, from one little town, Moab, a visitor get TWO National Parks.
    Plus, the superintendent of Arches National Park has gone on record to explore the feasibility of putting Arches National Park on a reservation system. During April through September between the hours of 10 AM – 4 PM parking is problematic. The three iconic stops in Arches National Park: the Windows Section, trailhead parking for Delicate Arch and the Devil’s Garden simply fill up.
    Check out for sunrise, sunset and the full moon, to mix up visitation hours and avoid those peak moments.

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