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Red Cliffs Lodge
Ranked #1 of 35 Hotels in Moab
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed June 28, 2011

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!

Room Tip: Ask for a cabin near the end of the property
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 26, 2011

We stayed for five days and loved this place. They have a good restaurant on site called "the cowboy grill". Even people who don't stay at the lodge go there for dinner. This is a working ranch with cows and about 40 horses on site, located in a pristine canyon in a bend of the Colorado river. Almost every room has a view of the river. It's one of the few places I have stayed where the photos on their website don't do the actual location justice. If you you enjoy the high desert there are tons of amazing day hikes within a few miles of the lodge. We also went horseback riding in the canyon.

Room Tip: Be sure to ask for a river view
  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 23, 2011

This place is a little out of town (well actually quite a way), but we didn't mind. The drive was so scenic it was a pleasure, even on the 3rd or 4th trip in and out. Stayed in a creekside room, with a nicely appointed little kitchen (although a stovetop burner would have been nice - managed to microwave my way through a few meals.) The restaurant was good for one night. . Also took the little trail ride, which was great, and perfect for beginners without being boring. The museum is a chuckle.
Recently recommended this place to friends with small kids, and they loved it. Lots of running and playing space, horses, rocks and water to play with. All around, a good stay.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

We stayed here earlier this month and had a great experience. Family of 4 with 2 teenage children. Stayed in Creekside room with 2 queen beds.

Pros;
Spacious rooms with nice sitting/kitchen area (microwave, toaster, small fridge).
Nice patio overlooking creek and horse stable.
Wonderful red rock views from room and hotel property.
Friendly, helpful staff.
Very rapid response to our request (we told one of the housekeeping staff that a sink drain was running slow--someone was there to fix it in less than 5 minutes.
Nice pool.
Property is well maintained.

Cons:
Location is about 20 minutes from downtown Moab. However, we actually enjoyed being away from Moab in a more secluded location.

I would highly recommend if you are looking for a room with a little more space. It appears that all the rooms in Moab are the standard hotel room.

We did not eat on the property but they do have a dining room/bar and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 22, 2011

Can't say enough about this place! We can't wait to get back! I was concerned with some reviews saying it was too far out, nonsense...a beautiful 15 minute ride into town. If your a city dweller, it may be... But that's the purpose of getting out here! The staff was extremely friendly and very helpful with general info on the area and booking activities. We stayed in a 2 bedroom on the Colorado River, had coffee every morning on the deck. Went to bed listening to the river. Very clean! You won't be disappointed. The kids loved the play ground and pool area was awesome! Get to MOAB!!!:)

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed June 21, 2011

The wife and I visit Moab annually. We generally stay in town while we golf, jeep, ride the river and enjoy the awesome food at Moab brewery. This year we spent two nights up the canyon at Red Cliffs Lodge and Loved it!

We stayed in a King suite in the 200 range and will ask for these every time. Right across from the pool, close to the restaurant and awesome breakfast buffet. The patio on the river was amazing.

Having a small kitchenette and real dishes is amazing and helps cut the cost on lunches and snacks. We are even thinking of bringing the kids next year to sleep on the pull out couch!

For those looking for golf Moab golf course and the Hideout in Monticello are musts. Or drive down the canyon 15 mins for an early morning Negro Bill hike.

Red Cliffs is a great stay 20 mind from Moab and all it has to offer. Finally after you enjoy the wine tasting there head east out of town a few minutes and do the wine tasting at Spanish trails winery as well!

  • Stayed: June 2011
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Reviewed June 20, 2011

We stayed here with our six year old on their first week of the season in March 2011. What a great find! To get here you escape the hubbub of Moab and wind along the gorgeous Colorado for fifteen minutes until arriving at the Lodge. The Lodge is situated at a bend in the Colorado with views of gorgeous red rocks competing for views of the water. But, that's just during the daytime. At night, the skies are a theatre of stars which we enjoyed from the large outdoor hottub adjacent to the pool. The room was large and clean with nice western details and tilework. The kitchen offered everything we needed to prepare food and snacks to venture forth and explore Arches and Canyonlands. We enjoyed both breakfast and dinner at the lodge. The staff were happy and helpful. I bet its awesome there when the horses are available to ride. The winery has a fun tasting room, too. Everyone was great with our son and went out of their way to make sure he was having fun, too. This is a great place to stay!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled with family
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Address: Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT 84532
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Location: United States > Utah > Moab
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Moab
#1 Romantic Hotel in Moab
#2 Business Hotel in Moab
Price Range: $152 - $387 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Red Cliffs Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 110
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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