Exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Park in 1 Day

Exploring Canyonlands and Arches National Park in 1 Day

Did you know that Canyonlands & Arches National Park are neighbors?! These 2 incredible parks are only 27 miles away from one another. PARKIT invites you on an epic journey to discover the insane scenery of Canyonlands and Arches National Park, all in the span of a single day. Grab or purchase that Annual National Parks pass; this 1 day alone makes it worth it! 


Sunrise at Mesa Arch

5:30 AM - 7:00 AM

Rise and shine, early birds! Begin your day at Canyonlands with a sunrise spectacle at Mesa Arch. As the first rays of light paint the red rocks in hues of gold and pink, you'll witness a scene that will leave you in awe. Don't forget your PARKIT cooler filled with a hearty breakfast—fuel for the adventure that lies ahead.

PARKIT Tip: Mesa Arch is a popular sunrise spot, so be sure to arrive early to secure the best vantage point.

Mesa Arch to Grand View Point

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

After soaking in the sunrise magic, lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail from Mesa Arch to Grand View Point. This moderately challenging hike offers panoramic views of the vast canyon landscapes that define Canyonlands. 

Lunch Break – Milt's Stop & Eat

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Grab a bite to eat at one of the local eateries There are few things more rewarding in life than a chocolate milkshake, loaded Cowboy Burger and basket of onion rings at Milt’s Stop & Eat after a long day of playing in the Moab desert. Moab's oldest restaurant has been serving food since 1954!!


Arches National Park - Delicate Arch Trail

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Now, let's shift gears to the iconic red arches of Arches National Park. Your first stop: Delicate Arch Trail. Lace up those hiking boots once again, and embark on a trek to witness the grandeur of Delicate Arch. The contrast of the vibrant red rock against the azure sky is a sight to behold.

Balanced Rock and Windows Section

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

As the day progresses, explore the Windows Section and marvel at the captivating formations like Balanced Rock. These easy-to-access viewpoints offer a glimpse into the diverse and surreal landscapes that Arches National Park is famous for.

Sunset at Delicate Arch Viewpoint

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

End your whirlwind adventure with a sunset visit to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint. While the Delicate Arch Trail is a commitment, the viewpoint provides a stunning panorama without the extended hike.


One day, two national parks—what an adventure! PARKIT is your go-to companion for exploring the great outdoors in style and comfort. With the right gear and a spirit of adventure, you can conquer Canyonlands and Arches National Park in a day. #EnjoyTheExploration