While there in Moab, you are only a few miles from Canyonlands. Plan a full day there renting a Jeep Wrangler (early morning to late night) from Farabees in Moab, enter the canyon thru Potash, see Musselman Arch (I dare you to walk across it) drive down to the Colorado River (don't chicken out), then up the switchback mining road. Once out of the canyon, tour the rim road and get to Pucker Pass and drive through it too.Do NOT take your own tow vehicle because it will have permenent rattles and squeeks after that excursion. Farabees has a map of exactly what I am talking about. Call them for prices on renting a Wrangler and about the Jeep trail I mentioned. Do NOT rent from any of the other Jeep rental outfits around because they rent old tired Jeeps. Farabees rents brand new Wranglers and in the end the price is the same. Unlike the others, you can return Farabees Jeeps dirty and after hours. Given you will be there in summer, you might consider an enclosed Jeep with a/c. Arches, Canyonlands, and Moab are about 5 minutes away from eachother.
We are really looking forward to the trip. We leave Punta Gorda on July 20 and head to Ft. Pickens National Seashore for a week--NO HURRICANES PLEASE. Then we plan on Fountainebleau State Park in Louisiana. Then to Natchez for a couple of nights. Then on our way to Colorado Springs to visit family.I am really looking forward to Mesa Verde National Park. We plan to be in that area for a 5 days. We are staying at McPhee Reservoir in Delores Co (water/electric) during that time.Once in Moab, we are staying at Portal RV Resort--It's expensive but they have a pool so after a hot day, we can relax by the pool. It's a Class A resort but they let B's and C's in 2 monthes of the year as long as they are no older than 5 years. Ta, Ta!!!!!!!!!I think our plans may change and after the Grand Canyon we may head back farther North. We are staying at Mather Campground in GC. The daughter made reservationa at GC over Labor Day weekend, so there is really no need to go to Phoenix (and the 120 degree heat)I know we will have a blast!!! We always do.If anyone has any further suggestions, please give them to me. We have never been out that way and although I have researched, I may have missed something really cool to do.JudiWe stayed at Fountainbleau and it was a great place. There's an eagle nest there near the lake. The drive to N.O. was pretty far each day with a hefty bridge toll. Enjoy!