Red Cliffs Lodge hardly needs another 5-star review to convince potential lodgers that it is worth a visit, but it definitely lives up to its enviable ratings. I should start by stressing that I stayed with my wife and 2 children (ages 5 and 8) in a two-bedroom queen cabin with a river view, so my review will be based on my experience in this type of accommodation. The cabin was simply delightful, with a very nice kitchenette, living room with work desk, and two smallish bedrooms connected by a reasonably sized bathroom. The interior was very clean, and it was very nicely decorated in a Southwestern style. We loved the stunning photos of canyon country on the walls of all of the rooms. The Kitchenette was perfect for fixing simple meals, and there was plenty of space to eat inside or on the deck. In fact, the best part about the cabin (ours was number 567 -- and I would recommend requesting this one or one of its neighbors) was the very large deck with a stunning view of the Colorado River and the red cliffs on the other side. We loved sitting on the deck for early breakfast, and in the evening for snacks and a drink after long days of hiking in the nearby National Parks. It was also great fun to watch intrepid rafter and kayakers zoom by on the very high waters of the river, which was spilling over its banks in mid June.
Like another reviewer has noted, it would be nice if they would add a screen to the door that goes out to the deck so one could leave the door open without giving entry to bugs (there were very few, really), lizards, and other harmless desert critters.
The pool was also excellent, and we found that if we hiked from very early morning to early afternoon, that when we returned to Red Cliffs Lodge the pool was practically empty. The view from the pool area was also amazing, and made for a extra special swimming experience. The hot tub was also nice (but maybe a bit too hot!). We absolutely loved the grounds of the lodge, where one can walk along the river, watch the cattle grazing peacefully or go to the horse barns and pet the horses and watch groups rinding by on there way back from an adventure. We did not do a horse ride, but it seemed like a lot of fun.
Some reviewers have complained that Red Cliffs is too far from Moab and the NPs, but this seems rather silly to me. Indeed, the 25 minute drive to Arches or Moab (it's about 50 minutes to Canyonlands) is absolutely beautiful, and even our young children loved doing it twice a day. It was fun to search for bighorn sheep along the route, and with the changing sky and light the scenery never ceased to amaze. Don't forget your camera! In our opinion, the Lodge's peaceful location -- away from the hustle and bustle of Moab and Arches (which gets very crowded) was a distinct advantage. We would not stay anywhere else if we returned to the area.
While at the lodge, don't forget to drive a little further down route 128 to check out Castle Valley and the exquisite scenery along the river. It is truly amazing in the evening! No people, no traffic, no noise. Just peace and quiet.
I aslo wanted to comment briefly on statements by some reviewers about the price of accommodations at Red Cliffs. The reviewer who compares prices here to a Four Seasons is way off the mark. There is not a Four Seasons anywhere in the world where you can stay in a 1,000 sq, ft. cabin with a stunning view for under $300!! We thought the Lodge was a total bargain for what we got, and the staff was extremely friendly and unobtrusive. Also, there was none of the snootiness (especially among the other guests) that one finds at such places.
Some reviewers have also inaccurately compared the prices of Red Cliffs to those at Sorrel River Rance down a few miles further on Route 128. If you take the time to compare rates you will find that Red Cliffs is about half the price for comparable accommodations. It is ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for good reason.
In short, stay at the Red Cliffs. You will not regret it. Why pay $200 to stay a a run-of-the mill hotel in Moab when you can pay a little more to stay at a truly extraordinary place a few miles down one of the most beautiful roads in Souther Utah!
- 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