Briefly, we are a family of four: mom, dad, two teens. We are flying into SLC in mid-April, spending two nights there to attend some sporting events, see the Great Salt Lake, etc. and then driving down to Moab to visit Canyonlands and Arches. I booked the Best Western Canyonlands for four nights, coming in on Easter Sunday night as the Jeep folks are leaving. This is what we will probably do in the two parks:
take a driving tour
a few shorter hikes, in deference to Hubby, who doesn't enjoy long hikes and has a bad back
possibly go whitewater rafting, if it is availabe in mid-April
We probably won't be renting mountain bikes, again in deference to Hubby, although if he agrees to then it is a distinct possibility.
With that in mind, is Sunday night through Thursday morning going to be too long? Is it worth driving over to Colorado to see Colorado Monument? I do want to visit Mesa Verde too, even though it is quite a drive, so I figure that that would consume one of the days that we are staying in Moab.
Is it conceivable to spend just two nights in Moab, in light of what we want to do at the two parks there and then drive over to Cedar City and take in Bryce Canyon and Zion, or would that be stretching ourselves too thin? Someone cautioned me about the distances out West vs. here in the East. Something that looks like a short distance on a map here may be a two hour drive here and a five hour drive there. Also, the BW Canyonlands hotel is pretty pricey, but we promised our son a nice fitness room if he went with us, and most hotels in Moab don't have them (presumably because of all the outdoor activities, but he works out in a gym religiously and doesn't want to miss an entire week). If we stayed a couple of nights in Cedar City instead of all four nights in Moab, the rates there are cheaper. Are there any other activities in Moab/Canyonlands/Arches that a family with a fairly sedentary member with a bad back can enjoy that won't break the bank (tours, etc.)? Should we skip Mesa Verde to make time for Cedar City and the other two parks?