The national parks in the Moab area, like Canyonlands and Arches, all offer unique experiences. You will want to visit them on your Reno to Moab road trip. However, make sure to save some time to also explore the fantastic Great Basin National Park. You will also want to see the state parks, like Lahontan State Park and Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park. There are also tremendous opportunities to explore national forests, lakes, and smaller cities.
Great Basin National Park
You will find a lot to explore above and below ground at Great Basin National Park near Baker, Nevada. Many scenic drives run through this park, including the Wheeler Park Scenic Drive. This 12-mile road leads you past the southern-most glacier in the United States to the top of one of the tallest mountains in Nevada. Several trailheads are along this twisty road. The road passes through several ecosystems, including sagebrush grasslands, pinyon-juniper woods, Ponderosa pines, and alpine aspen groves. Spring is a fantastic time to explore this park because of its hundreds of different wildflowers. Watch for various birds along the road, especially in the winter when it is not unusual to see a bald eagle sitting on a telephone pole. You will also want to go caving. While you can take a Lehman Cave tour, seven of the 40 caves at this park are open for recreational caving.
Zion National Park
A great way to explore Zion National Park near Springdale, Utah, is by taking a seat on the shuttle. The shuttle that runs every seven to nine minutes stops at several sites within the park that you will want to visit. The Temple of Sinawava, named after the Paiute tribe's coyote deity, is a natural amphitheater, or you can head out on the paved trail to explore the Narrows, where you can go wading. Another stop that you will want to visit is the Grotto, which is a fantastic place to have a picnic. Then, hike along the Angel's Landing trail. This 4.4-mile hike that ascends quickly leads to Scout Lookout. For those who are brave enough to attempt it, the last half-mile of this trail climbs to the top of Angels Landing. The path that is no wider than 3 feet in places runs along 500-foot drop-offs. Elsewhere in Zion National Park, you can go biking, canyoneering, rock climbing, and kayaking.
Bryce Canyon National Park
The most extensive collection of irregular columns of rock, called hoodoos, in the world exists in Bryce Canyon National Park near Bryce, Utah. The park shuttle is a great way to get around this national park. Consider riding it to Sunrise Point, which allows you to access the Queen's Garden Trail. This trail will enable you to descend 323 feet off into the canyon in one of the areas with the highest concentration of hoodoos. Another site that you can access from the shuttle is Inspiration Point. This vantage point allows you to see the two primary colors of rocks found in the park, with the upper white rocks being particularly stunning. This park's two festivals are particularly great times to visit. In June, the astronomy festival features sky activities during the day and far into the night, while the geology festival in July focuses on Bryce's unique geology.
Canyonlands National Park
If you love to go off-roading, Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah, may be the perfect location for you. The 100-mile-long White Rim Road runs through and below the Island in the Sky, and it is a fantastic place to see expansive wilderness views. The Needles section includes Elephant Hill, which is considered one of the most technical drives in Utah. This drive that runs through several canyons also offers stunning views of the Colorado River and several arches. The Maze area gives you access to the Land of Standing Rocks, which runs through remote areas where ranchers used to raise cattle and sheep. You can do many activities at this park, including mountain biking, climbing, and horseback riding.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park near Moab is another fantastic place to go on a driving tour. Along the 36-mile roundtrip road, you may want to stop at several different locations. Consider starting your visit early in the day since parking lots tend to fill up quickly. Stop at the La Sal Mountains Viewpoint to see the breathtaking red rocks set against the darker mountains' backdrop. Head to Courthouse Towers Viewpoint to see some of the tallest rocks in the park. Continue to Balance Rock as you will not believe that the rock naturally stays in that precarious position. Then, go to the Windows section, where the arches are fascinating. The narrow arches in the Fiery Furnace area is another place you will want to explore. There are many things you can do in this park, including hiking, biking, and canyoneering.
Nevada has many state parks that are also a great way to learn more about the area and experience the unique geography and environment of the state.
Lohontan State Park
Launch a boat onto Lahontan Reservoir at Lahontan State Park near Fallon, Nevada. The 69-miles of shoreline is a fantastic place to go walleye fishing. This state park is a great place to watch for wildlife, including the park's wild horse herd and its nesting bald eagles.
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park
If you have always wanted to visit a ghost town, stop at Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park near Austin, Nevada. This park contains an 1890s village in a state of arrested decay. The park also includes the most extensive collection of Ichthyosaurs marine fossils known worldwide with many on display at the Fossil House.
Cave Lake State Park
Trout fishing is usually outstanding in the 32-acre reservoir at Cave Lake State Park near Ely, Nevada. The reservoir also makes a fantastic place to go swimming. There are plenty of places to explore on a hike or a mountain bike ride.
Yuba State Park
Sandy beaches and warm water lure summer visitors to Yuba State Park. Northern pike, yellow perch, and walleye are regularly caught in the lake constructed in the early 1900s to keep nearby farmland from flooding. This park is a fantastic place to go ziplining and is 25 miles south of Nephi, Utah.
Fishlake National Forest
Fishlake National Park contains the largest freshwater mountain lake in the state. Hike along miles of trails to see elk, deer, and black bear. You can also follow Fishlake Scenic Byway through this park.
Manti-La Sal National Forest
Over 5,000 archeological sites are located within Manti-La Sal National Forest. While there is only one designated hiking route in this national forest, you are welcome to make your routes. Near La Sal, Utah, you can scramble over rocks to reach the top of Mount Peale at 12,721 feet, Mount Tukuhnikivatz at 12,489 feet, and South Mountain at 11,817 feet. Head out on Forest Service Road 71 to find ways to the top of Mount Tomasaki, Manns Peak, or Mount Mellenthin which all top out at over 12,000 feet in elevation, or Haystack Mountain at 11,642 feet. There are many other things that you can do in this park, including fishing, hunting, horseback riding, boating, and waterskiing.
John Wesley Powell River History Museum
Learn about Powell's 1869 explorations of the Green and Colorado Rivers during a stop at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum. See exhibits related to 15 famous explorers who were some of the first to map the Western waterways. Rest from your Reno to Moab RV Road tip in the outdoor area overlooking the river at this Green River, Colorado, museum.
Fernley, Nevada campground options include Fernley RV Park and Desert Rose RV Park. You will find Fernley RV dump stations at Fallon RV Park & Country Store & Gift Shop, Sage Valley R.V. Park, Love’s Travel Stop, and other Nevada locations. This city of 20,000 people has three casinos, or check out the schedule at Fenley Speedway.
Delta is a gateway city to the Great Basin National Park. The Little Sahara Recreation Area is a fantastic place to go off-roading on your road trip from Reno to Moab. The West Desert area is also an excellent place to see wild horses. Consider Delta campgrounds, like Antelope Valley RV Park, White Sands Campground, and Oasis Campground. Delta RV dump stations can be found at Maverick #493 and other Utah locations.
Richfield is the largest city for more than 100 miles, making it an ideal place for shopping. You will also want to explore Fremont Indian State Park and Museum, Mystic Hot Springs, and the Old LIme Kiln. Richfield campground options include Richfield KOA Holiday, Richfield RV Park and Salina Creek RV Park. Find Richfield RV dump stations at Wagons West RV Park and Campground, Water Clover RV Park and other Utah locations.
When you follow this road trip itinerary from Reno to Moab, you will enjoy historic locations and beautiful scenery along the way. If you want to travel in comfort and style, consider an RV rental from RVshare. From large motorhomes to compact campervans, there is a rig that will meet your travel and budget needs. Once you hit the road, you are protected by our renter guarantee and 24/7 roadside assistance. Find the perfect vehicle for your travel needs in Reno or Moab.