Moab is surrounded by natural beauty, ranging from the rock formations of Arches National Park, the stunning views at Canyonslands National Park, red rock valleys and the Colorado River. An excellent home base for accessing it all is at the Red Cliffs Lodge, located right along the banks of the Colorado River outside of Moab. The lodge has its own winery, horseback riding, river rafting, a restaurant and, of course, accommodations.
Hold Your Horses
Saddle up for rides in the red rock desert with Red Cliffs Lodge’s own horseback riding programs. Half-day rides take you up through Castle Creek trails seen in many of John Wayne’s films on a quarter horse with staff who know their stuff. The lodge’s longer Outback rides go through vast networks of trails and open range.
The Cowboy Grill
After a long day out in the wild, let someone else rustle up the grub at the Cowboy Grill. Eat out on the patio for a fantastic view of the Fisher Towers and the Colorado River, or, if the weather’s chilly, stay inside next to the fireplace under the twenty-foot vaulted ceiling. Try the Ruby Red trout, buffalo filet mignon, or elk medallions, and a Cowboy Brownie for dessert.
Home on the Range
The Red Cliffs Lodge offers old-school country comfort, with top-of-the-line amenities. All rooms have a view of the Colorado River or Castle Creek, and offer private patios and kitchenettes. The lodge also offers a pool, spa, tennis court, volleyball court, and an area to play horseshoes. Special occasion? The lodge’s Honeymoon/Executive suite overlooks the rapids, and comes with complementary wine from Castle Creek Winery.
When you think of southern Utah, wine might not be the first thing to come to mind. However, Moab is a surprisingly good place for growing grapes. Castle Creek Winery, located on site at Red Cliffs Lodge, produces over 30 varieties of wine. The winery offers daily tours and tastings.
Rafting and ATVs
Red Cliffs Lodge offers rafting and ATV excursions for all experience levels. Raft trips take you through Westwater Canyon and are available as half-day, full-day, or overnight trips, which include a picnic lunch and an experienced guide. If you prefer dry land, 2-4 hour four-wheeling trail tours are available, or you can rent an ATV for the day.
Moab Movie Museum
Ever since the late 1940s, Moab’s red rocks have served as a backdrop for countless movies. At the Moab Movie Museum, learn about some of the films that have been shot in the area. The museum also houses a collection of late 19th century cowboy memorabilia.
Whether looking for outdoor adventures or simply enjoying a luxurious place to stay, Red Cliffs Lodge can cover what visitors to Moab are looking for.
For a more in-depth guide to Moab outdoor adventure, dining, national parks and accommodations, listen to Travel Brigade’s episode, Escape to Moab.
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