We are flying to Denver in a week, and driving straight out to Moab where we have booked a hotel for 2 nights. I read the great posts on this forum about the hikes, the must-see places, etc. We are both 50 with our 17 year old son, not hikers but in pretty good shape. Our itinerary:
Day 1 - Arrive in Moab around 6 p.m
Day 2 - Quick drive through Deadhorse, then over to Canyonlands to drive around, hike Mesa Arch, Murphy Point, Grand View, Aztec Butte and maybe Upheaval Dome if time. These all sounded like easy to moderate hikes to give us the best overview of the beauty. Then maybe drive to Arches for hike to delicate Arch for sunset?
Day 3 - Arches to see Double arch, Landscape Arch, Windows, Park Avenue, Tower Arch. At end of day, we drive to Grand Junction, CO.
Day 4 - Do the Colorado Nat. Monument, then partial day in Denver and we fly out next day.
We want to see the best of this area in 2 days, so I was thinking of trying to hike to delicate arch that first evening. Is that a mistake, given the elevation change for us flat-landers from OK? I don't want to get halfway up and crash! Should we save it for day 2?
Is there anything I missed in my itinerary? Is it too "busy" to see it all? And lastly, do you have an opinion on best sunrise and sunset locations to take memorable pictures? Thanks!