Upon some fine tuning of the plan, I saw that my trip from Moab to Canyonlands NP will take 4 hours as stated by MS Streets and Trips. It says I have to leave Moab and go up up 191, Over I70 west, then take various "local roads" to Canyonlands NP. It shows I would be entering Canyonlands from about the west side and about the middle (in terms of North and South).
I look on the map and it looks like it is taking the long way (the really long way). My question is: Is there a more direct route to Canyonlands NP from Moab? From Canyonlands, I will be going to Bryce, so entering Canyonlands from the east seems like less driving. I was thinking of Canyonlands-Island-in-the-sky area and then travelling through the park from there.
Also, for those of you more familiar with Southern Utah, when MS Streets and Trips says "local roads" and I am still 50+ miles from my destination, are there at least road signs that say "Canyonlands NP 50 miles ahead!" or something to that effect?
Thanks for any advice,