Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – Dead Horse Point State Park & Canyonlands National Park

I wandered in and out of a few shops before having lunch on another outside patio.

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Lovely weather.  Moab is a small town with a population of less than 6000 people.  Tourism is the big employer here.  Two national parks, one state park and the Colorado river all within 30 minutes.  Dirt bikes, ATVs, Jeeps, rock climbing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, rafting etc, etc are all big draws here.  Basically it is a playground for big boys with big toys.

There are few shopping options here.  There is no Wal-Mart here.  They do have a McDonalds, Burger King, Wendys, Dennys and Pizza Hut.  Beyond that is about two dozen local restaurants.  There is also no evening entertainment options here.  I saw a movie theatre that had three movies listed.

What they do have is a lovely main street.  So basically tourists go out to the parks or the dirt play areas during the day and then in the evenings have dinner/drinks/dessert/ice cream and wander in the few shops and just enjoy the lovely weather.

Peak tourist season is March 15 through May Sept and Oct. still busy in the summer but not as crazy as spring and fall. The summer slows a bit because temperatures can easily average 105 degrees.

I cannot believe how many European tourists are here.  I have heard many different languages.

After lunch i drove out to Dead Horse Point State Park.  It is 31 miles from Moab.  It basically has one great look out a few other stops.  It is much smaller.

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I then continued a few more miles to Canyonlands National Park.  This park is pretty large and I just drove the Island in the Sky section.

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