The Red Cliffs Lodge is about 15 miles out of Moab, on the Colorado River. Its location outside Moab is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Moab does have all the stores and recreation services you could ask for. It was a nice little town 30 years ago, but it's an ugly strip mall today.
Being away from all that is great, but you have to drive 25 minutes to get from the Lodge to Arches Nat'l Park or to Moab. It's about 50 minute's' drive from the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands Nat'l Park.
There's a main building with the restaurant, bar and sitting area. The lodge's rooms rooms & cabins are strung out in a line facing the Colorado or facing a creek that separates the lodge from the small ranch next door. We (4 adutts) stayed in a "queen cabin" facing the river - two bedrooms each with a queen beds, bathroom, small galley kitchen, living room/breakfast area and a deck facing the river. The view from the main lodge is truly spectacular, especially from the afternoon to dusk. The cabins and rooms look directly across the Colorado at a steep red cliff which is very nice but the view from the room is not the photo you see on the web site -- that's the view from the main building.
The theme is rustic, but everything you need and almost everything you're likely to want are there including both wired and wireless free broadband, a large bathroom and comfortable but somewhat sparse furniture. The kitchen in the cabins is quite adequate for making a light breakfast. (There's a microwave and small refrigerator, but no cooktop, so... no scrambled eggs.) There's a nice pool, a beautiful and underutilized exercise room and a coin laundry. There's a vinyard on the grounds and the wine is pretty good. The restaurant is good with traditional American cooking, but overpriced. But then you have to drive that 25 minutes to go somehere else (which you should do -- try the Center Cafe in Moab for superb fusion cooking).
The staff is friendly and knowledgable about recreation options and can help arrange horseback riding and rafting. There are many many other options in Moab, but the Lodge is a convenient place to make your arrangements. The housekeeping staff does a great job although you may have to remind them to leave bathroom supplies. There are a limited number of rooms and cabins for people who bring pets. (You're probably better off leaving your dog at home, because dogs aren't allowed on trails in tne national parks -- not even leashed dogs. And anyway it's hot and dry on those trails.)
There are a few odd things missing. There' no screen on the slider to the deck, so at night if the lights are on, a few insects come in. It's the desert, so you won't be covered with moths or eaten by mosquitos, but it's an omission. The drawers in the kitchen don't have drawer pulls. A simple wooden know would be helpful. The table on the deck is set up to mount an umbrella, but there's no umbrella provided. The living room in the cabins could use an extra upholstered chair.
Despite these omissions, we rate the place as Excellent. If you want nice, pleasant accomodations and stay close to wilderness rather than sleep in a strip mall in Moab, stay here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Red Cliffs Lodge is Moab's National Park experience. Located on the banks of the mighty Colorado River surrounded by 2000 foot cliffs on 220 acres. Lodging includes suites and cabins all with private water views. Rustic elegance and rated #1 place to stay in Moab by Trip Advisor 7 + years running. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Red Cliffs Hotel Moab
- Red Cliffs Moab
- Red Cliffs Lodge Moab, Utah