Canyonlands vs Arches National Park

Utah has the third most national parks of any state, but has the 13th most land of any state. Utah is filled with 5 national parks. Zion, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks surround the city of Moab. Moab is a very touristy city. Jeep rentals, tours and motels crowd the area, while crazy rock formations surround it.

However, you don’t want to waste the time you have in Moab! You want to spend the time you have in the right places. Arches National Park receives 1.5 million visitors annually, while Canyonlands much less, at 0.75 million. And it is important that YOU know where to go!

Park Avenue

I guess the question here is: What National Park do I go to? Well the answer is both!

Arches is full of arches, giant orange rock masses that were carved out by the oceans that used to cover North America. The arches are beautiful too. Serene, majestic and all around fantastic! They mesmerize you as you look up at them, or even walk through them, like here at Delicate Arch.

Delicate Arch

Canyonlands is very different. It’s full of canyons! (Their names describe them very well.) The canyons carve out entire valleys and the views from the top are amazing. You get to see centuries, millennium even, of colors, rock formations and layers.


I know. It’s annoying that I said both. So I’ll give you the real answer. You should go to both if you have time! But I reccommend spending more time in Canyonlands. By far. All arches are the same. But in Canyonlands, you can go down treacherous roads, look over vast canyons and watch the sunset at Mesa Point!

Shafer Trail

So, go see the wonders of Canyonlands! It’s amazing. Just go see Arches too.

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