When people visit Moab for the first, second, and maybe even the third time, they may not get beyond the national parks, state parks, and recreational areas that are located in Moab and the surrounding areas. Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park are two big draws, as well as places like Dead Horse Point State Park where HBO’s Westworld series was shot.
However, there are other stunning places that are hidden in plain sight. They simply require a bit more effort to reach.
Once such place is the Anticline Overlook located in the Canyon Rim Recreation Area about 32 miles south of Moab. You can reach the turnoff to this overlook at mile post 93 on US 191. (This turnoff will also get you to the Needles Overlook.)
After you turn off the main road, follow the paved road 22 miles to the end, turning left at the junction about 15 miles in. Continue for 17 miles on the gravel road to the overlook at the end.
On the day we visited, we were racing the weather. We stopped to watch the weather roll in:
Once you are there, the panoramas are breathtaking as you stand 1,600 feet above the Colorado River:
You will see the Moab Salt Mine across the river, and look northeast to see an arch in the Windows Section of Arches.