Known as a gateway to Arches National Park, Moab’s more than just a fuel stop for hikers and road trippers. Surrounded by the Colorado River, and home to canyons, buttes, and countless other geologic wonders, Utah’s “far country” has as many natural sights as it does restaurants and bars. The rough-riding minimalist campers and discerning vacationers will each find a sweet little spot to call home in Moab at these fantastic places to stay.
Sorrel River Ranch Resort
Resort, Spa Hotel
4.2/5 (70 Reviews)
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What will you find in the 240-acre (93ha) retreat that is Sorrel River Ranch Resort? Rocks. Red rock mesas, dazzling arches, and intriguing canyon-lands are visible in every direction. Meanwhile, hot stone massages are just one of the many treatments available down in the spa. A scotch on the rocks pairs perfectly with crisp pork belly at the River Grill. And in your custom cabin? A hand-crafted chair on the balcony in which you can rock yourself to sleep.
Sandwiched between 2,000ft (600m) tall red cliffs and the mighty Colorado River, Red Cliffs Lodge is certainly caught between a rock and a hard place – in the best way imaginable. You’ll have a choice of river or Castle Creek views from your suite, but you won’t go wrong with either option. One mistake, however, would be to stop and sleep without sampling a bottle from their very own Castle Creek Winery – and making a pit stop at the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage right across the street.
Wish you had a national park in your backyard? The Gonzo Inn will make you feel right at home in these condo-style suites, some featuring cozy fireplaces and relaxing whirlpools. The five-minute proximity to trailheads is awesome, especially with the bike repair facilities on-site, ensuring a smooth ride amongst the red cliffs. No matter if you’re alone or with a group, you’ll enjoy the convenience of a kitchenette and view from a private deck in every pet-friendly room.
The next best thing to camping in Arches National Park itself is spending the night stargazing with Under Canvas Moab. You’ll love the viewing window above your bed in the Stargazer tent. Those whom you had to convince to come glamping will breathe a sigh of relief when they spot the modern amenities such as bathroom facilities, a wood-burning stove, and USB battery packs. With trivia, bingo, scavenger hunts, and movie nights, it’ll feel like summer camp and a summer vacation all rolled into one.
When you’re not exploring the 76,000 acres (31,000ha) of Arches National Park, Hyatt Place invites you to venture into Moab. Only one mile from downtown, these pet-friendly suites will have you and your pup sniffing your way to the Moab Food Truck Park. The warm walk back again will have you both begging to spend the rest of the day poolside, where Fido might want to sprint through the jets of water on the splash pad.
Find some shade and chill vibes in your own private bungalow here at Moab Springs Ranch. These studio-style suites all have private front porches where you can sip the day away, drink in-hand. The pool and hot tub are also refreshing, but you’ll want to find yourself swimming in the wading pools of the private park and vineyard. When you’re ready for a day of exploration, hop on your bike and instantly connect to Moab’s trail network.
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When Talking Mountain Yurts invites you to get away from it all, they truly mean it. Their three yurts are well off the beaten path, and though they include full kitchens, an outhouse, and some basic supplies, be prepared to rough it when necessary. They’ll provide you with a convenient suggested list of items to bring so you can fully embrace the backcountry without running out of essentials like water, matches, or first-aid kits.
Fruit picking in the orchard, afternoon naps in the hammock, and stargazing under a quiet garden nook are only a few of the ways you’ll leave your worries behind at Castle Valley Inn. This B&B is only a 30-minute drive from the entrance of Arches National Park and Moab downtown, giving you fast access to restaurants and rock climbing. During your stay, be sure to sneak off with a handful of homemade treats to the hot tub hidden in the garden and leave your phone far behind.
You know that eclectic old west retro vibe you want on a road trip? Expedition Lodge has it in spades. It won’t be hard to spot the huge yellow Jeep parked a good 15ft (5m) up in the air below the motel’s rustic marque. This funky motel is splashed with color and decorated with vintage records. Boogie from your room into bustling downtown Moab where you’ll find some java at the Love Muffin Cafe or a little something stronger at the Spitfire Smokehouse.
No shame in sitting out a hike or two, especially if you’re kicking back in these Nightly Rentals. These lovely cottages and guest homes are perfect for relaxing, with their charming porch swings and gas grills. While the rest of the crew is roughing it, you’ll be hanging out under the Utah sun indulging in the best burgers, beers, and breakfasts on Main Street. Canyon Steak & Waffle House, Red Rock Bakery, and World Famous Woody’s Tavern are just a few of the mouthwatering stops on your half-mile “hike”.