Last year, a friend spent time in Moab and posted her photos online. They were incredible. So I started thinking... maybe... I could spend a day or two in Moab? I'm driving from Wisconsin to San Diego anyway. It's not exactly on the way, but it's only a little bit out of the way.
As it turns out, I can't make it work, mainly because the motels all cost a fortune and I can't camp because I'll have my cats with me. But before I knew that, I asked my friend where to hike in the area. I'm posting her answers here because I'm sure I'll find a way to get there someday.
Here's what she said:
One of my favorites is Fischer Towers - a great trail, a little challenging (a few ladders), but not terribly so. And it's great, especially if there are climbers there. I did a few others last year that I really liked - one led back to a swimming hole that was divine and another up a steep grade but then opened up into a wide flat area. Let me look around and get the names of them . .
Oh, and the Negro Bill trail back to a natural arch.
Oh, and the Corona Arch trail. That's a pretty short, not too difficult hike (a ladder again). And the arch is amazing because you can hang out under it.
http://www.canyonlandsbynight.com/blog2/top-5-moab-hikes-not-in-parks/ Here you go - 2, 3, 4, and 5 I've all done and I really liked them all. The Left Hand is the one with swimming hole I was telling you about and the steep to the flat grade is #2
If the snow has melted enough, there's some good hiking in The La Sal mountains too.