We stayed in a Ponderosa cabin at the Red Canyon Lodge. I had reserved it only the week before due to circumstances beyond my control. But it's best to contact them as far in advance as possible since it's a popular place and we were lucky to get anything.
The cabin was clean, the two queen beds comfortable. The cabin is a log cabin with a nice picture window overlooking the lake. It had a small kitchen with a small fridge, a two burner stove, sink and coffee maker. No microwave, which surprised me.
The living room had a woodstove and wood was provided. The couch was a sleep sofa. No TV or telephones. If you need to watch a game you'd better plan to head out to a bar somewhere, perhaps in Vernal, 35 miles or so away.
The bathroom was clean and modern. There were plenty of towels. Daily maid service is included.
Although the rooms were clean there were "no-pest-strips" in the upper windows with many dead insects attached. I would have liked to see them replaced, cleaned, de-bugged-whatever- every day or so.
Next time we go we'll try for an Alpine cabin, which is a standalone unit. In the duplex cabin, our next door neighbors' conversations, footsteps and other sounds could be easily heard through the walls. Fortunately they went to bed around the same time we did!
If you stay there you'll see plenty of wildlife. One night we were leaving to go to dinner and there was a large mule deer standing at the end of our porch. He didn't back away until we were about 7 feet away. Even then he only backed up about 30 feet. We saw rabbits, marmot and various birds, too.
The Lodge serves dinner until sometime after 9:00. I found the food to be so-so. I had the dinner special one night which was baked chicken that was dry and tasted reheated. The breakfasts were fine.
We had planned to grocery shop after we arrived at the Lodge but the nearest grocery store is in Vernal, which is down 10 switchbacks over 35 miles. We wound up just eating at the Lodge. Local food stores are convenience stores so pick up your groceries before you get to Dutch John.
And be sure to check out the Red Canyon Overlook down the road from the Lodge. It's an amazing view!
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at Red Canyon Lodge and I'll probably return if I can get an Alpine cabin. The Flaming Gorge area is beautiful and September is a great time to go, if a bit chilly!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Red Canyon Lodge is the premier resort in Flaming Gorge County, offering handcrafted log cabin lodging, fine dining and a variety of on-site recreation. The Lodge is located in the heart of all the scenic splendor of Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area in Northeastern Utah. Our popular Log Cabins are set amongst towering ponderosa pines with a serene private lake as your front yard. The lake is stocked with large kamloops rainbow, tiger & brook trout and catching a few big ones is a common guest pasttime. In the summer season, horseback riding, rental watercraft & mountain bikes are available daily. Our scenic restaurant is known for its wild game, handcut steaks, pastas, kids menu and outdoor patio dining. Spend a while here and discover why we are the Civilized Way to Enjoy the Great Outdoors! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Red Canyon Lodge Cabins Hotel Dutch John
- Red Canyon Lodge Cabins Utah/Dutch John