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6 day itinerary check

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6 day itinerary check

Hello, my wife and I (both 32) will be in Moab from Sunday night to the following Sunday morning next week allowing 6 full days. We did southwest Utah last year and can't wait to experience Moab!! Just wanted to get some thoughts on my itinerary. We have friends meeting us on Thursday so arches is split into two days to allow them to be there for our fiery furnace tour.

Monday - UT 128. Hike fisher towers, stop at red cliff lodge for lunch, hike grandstaff trail

Tuesday - open right now. Possible ideas include needles district, la sal mountain loop, goblin valley, or utv rental. Any thoughts or other options?

Wednesday - Arches hike primitive loop in morning then canyonlands island in the sky district in the afternoon

Thursday - hike Corona arch in the morning, meet up with our friends and hike saltmill creek in the afternoon

Friday - beginner mountain bike trails, then either float down the Colorado or just relax at hotel pool

Saturday - fiery furnace tour, then delicate arch and windows. Dead horse point for sunset

Let me know what you experts think. Thanks in advance.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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1. Re: 6 day itinerary check

It looks like a workable plan to me. I think the drive down to the Needles District is a good idea, its a beautiful drive in. But the LaSalles make a nice trip on a hot day.

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Hudson, Wisconsin
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3. Re: 6 day itinerary check

Another vote for heading down to the Needles District on Tuesday. Consider doing a day hike there to either Chesler Park Loop (11 mi. RT) or Druid Arch (11 mi. RT).

Also, if you have time, perhaps do Dead Horse Point at sunset on Wednesday night as you'll already be at Canyonlands (IITS) that afternoon.

utah
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4. Re: 6 day itinerary check

Conbine Canayonlands Island in the Sky and Dead Horse Point. Think of Dead Horse Point as one of the lookout points at Canyonlands - they are just a few minutes apart. Personally I think 1/2 day is enough for Cayonlands & Dead Horse Point. I like your plan with doing that and, I assume, Devil's Garden on the same day - get the long hike done in the morning and drive to viewpoints and short/easy hikes in the afternoon/evening.

Do you want/need any advice on beginner mountain biking trails. How beginner?

The moab brand trails are great and easily accessible: utahmountainbiking.com/trails/brand-trails.h…

One of my favorites for a beginner (my kids have always had a great experience on it is M&M): www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/monitor.htm

Pittsburgh...
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5. Re: 6 day itinerary check

Thanks for the responses. Sounds like the needles district might be a must do.

Reason for dead horse being split from IITS is because our friends have already done IITS and dead horse but wanted to do a sunset at dead horse. So this was the best I could figure out between the parks without too much backtracking.

Our friends are pretty familiar with the bike trails too. Those were the same trails they mentioned as good beginners for us so I'm sure we will be doing one of those. Thanks again!

utah
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6. Re: 6 day itinerary check

Makes sense - I'd still consider this:

Wed - Devil's Garden then Windows then Delicate Arch for sunset

Sat - Fiery Furnace, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point.

Your original plan is livable as well - it's only an extra hour of driving and you have plenty of time in the area. Other than saving some driving the other advantage is waiting until later in the day to hike Delicate Arch when it is less hot.

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