Once you’ve ticked off some of the 2,000 natural sandstone arches in the all-American wilderness of Utah, kick back at our selection of luxury camping retreats, cozy cabins and cool places to stay.
Never one to shy away from a literal name, the US National Parks Service appropriately christened Arches National Park for its 2,000 natural sandstone arches, pitched just north of Moab in Utah and snaked by the Colorado River. With landmarks such as the red-hued Delicate Arch and long, thin Landscape Arch, this is surely one of the most alien landscapes you’re ever likely to see and one of America’s most photogenic national parks. Depending on the time of day you visit, the color of the sand-encrusted landscape changes with the light. Add canyoneering, biking, scenic roads and horse-riding to that, and all you need is a decent place to stay. Luckily the following are all bookable through Culture Trip…
Glamping at its indulgent best: Under Canvas’ desert resort acts as a gateway to the towering plateaus, sandstone cliffs and naturally occurring wonders of Arches National Park. You’ll be lying in your king-size bed, surrounded by hotel-standard furniture, under some of the clearest night skies in the continental United States. On site, you’ll be treated to smores, complimentary camp activities and a guest experience co-ordinator who’ll provide the guy ropes to your luxury-camping experience. As if one national park wasn’t enough, you’ll also be in reach of Canyonlands, too, with its desert landscape, rock pinnacles and panoramic plateaus.
Claiming to be the nearest hotel to the Arches and Canyonlands national parks (national parks are sort of a thing in Utah), Springhill Suites Moab offers a welcoming base from which to explore the wondrous natural surroundings. The suites are spacious, and you can relax after a big day of hiking and biking by reclining in the hot tub or taking a dip in the heated outdoor pool – which naturally is set into a towering rock face.
This beautiful riverside lodge is situated among rousing red cliffs. Perched on the Colorado River, and framed by majestic, 2,000ft russet-stained mountains, this hotel places the unmatched natural beauty of south-eastern Utah at your feet. On top of all the activities in the nearby park, there’s the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage, tennis courts, or even the option of a daily wine-tasting sessions at the on-site winery.
Basically throwing you into the Old West, only with plush soft furnishings and wifi, this exclusive 240-acre riverside oasis is surrounded by the filmic landscape of Utah’s iconic arches, canyonlands and red-rock mesas (ridges). With exclusive adventures on offer, including off-road Jeep tours, river rafting, hot-air balloon rides, mountain biking, even skydiving, it’s lucky that there are hot tubs in every log-cabin-style studio to ease your aching muscles – when you’re not tapping up the spa, of course.
For a resort built on their eco credentials, Moab Springs Ranch doesn’t skimp on comfort or luxury. The resort provides direct trail access to the Moab wilderness, as well as other attractions such as the Colorado River, a nearby vineyard and national parks. Their next-level Western-style bungalows and townhouses all have kitchenettes for ultimate independence and give you access to facilities including a private park, cafe, ponds, pools, hammocks and a campfire for all those ‘smores you’re going to toast.
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Elegant and intimate, comfortable and luxurious, the Hyatt is an indulgent base from which to launch yourself into (or through?) the Arches. One mile away from downtown Moab, and five miles from the national park, you can enjoy easy access to hiking, biking and all-terrain paths spread across the park’s 76,518 acres. Plus, with modern rooms featuring widescreen views of the landscape, a free breakfast, pool and hot tub, you’ll be set up just right for everything that awaits you.
Luxury meets adventure in this 97-room inn on the edge of town, which provides a quieter, more relaxed family-run retreat for winding down after your adventures underneath the Arches. The beautiful grounds scattered among the rocks offer family-friendly spaces, a pool and hot tub, and even a shuttle bus that whisks you off to local attractions.
This welcoming, beautifully finished B&B is a vision rendered in wood. The luxury trimmings make an ideal launch pad into the natural wonders which surround you, and even though you’ll be pushed up against the famous Moab Rim, featuring 360-degree views of Red Rock and La Sal Mountains, you’re only five minutes away from the convenience of downtown Moab. It’s a perfect romantic retreat for couples, too.
This place is all kinds of yes please. Take advantage of five acres of carefully tended lawns, orchards and fields in this wonderful bed and breakfast with its American West-inspired rooms. Surrounded by oh-my views, it also has its own loop path for a magical night stroll under a canopy of stars. The cozy rooms each have individual touches, dressed in southwestern style and Navajo colors, and you’ll be treated to a regionally inspired breakfast each morning before heading off into the wide open spaces.
An oasis in the desert, luxury inn Sunflower Hill is set in a quiet, secluded neighborhood, a short drive from the Arches National Park entrance, with gardens that brim with flowers in spring and summer. You’ll be staying in a home from home, with individually styled rooms and thoughtful attention to detail. The pool is surrounded by beautiful grounds, and the Great Room library has games and books about Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands… The ideal place to decompress after a big day in the park.
These recommendations were updated on May 28, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.