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Red Cliffs Lodge 3.5

Moab, Utah, United States

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  • Near the national parks on the Colorado River
  • Cabins with fireplaces, kitchenettes, and riverfront patios; suites with wet bars
  • Ranch with horses and wranglers
  • On-site winery with free tastings and tours
  • Small gym and two tennis courts with scenic views
  • Cowboy Grill with a riverfront terrace and a bar/lounge
  • Large outdoor pool and spa
  • Five meeting rooms and business corner with two PCs
  • Rafting, Jeep rides, mountain bike trips, and Hummer tours
  • Free outdoor parking, Wi-Fi in rooms, and movie museum access


  • On a winding road, far from downtown
  • Cabins have some outdated furnishings
  • Food gets mixed reviews
  • The winery and restaurant are closed during off-season

Bottom Line

The 110-room Red Cliffs Lodge delivers a unique Wild West experience in a picturesque red-rock setting on the banks of the Colorado River. Cabins have whirlpool tubs, kitchens, and riverfront patios, while Suites offer flat-screen TVs and wet bars. The lodge offers a horse ranch, riverside dining, private tastings in a winery, an outdoor pool, two tennis courts, meeting rooms, outdoors activities, and a movie museum. However, its remote location on a dark winding road make venturing out at night burdensome. 

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Wild West lodge with cowboy theme popular with tour groups and international visitors

The Red Cliff Lodge is a unique Wild West lodge on the Colorado River, set against a backdrop of red rock cliffs and near trails that were once trekked by John Wayne. Situated on a sprawling expanse of rolling lawns with colorful tipis, the lodge draws travelers from abroad and tour groups (mostly couples and families) in search of an authentic cowboy experience. The history of the area is documented in a free movie museum that’s loaded with memorabilia and cowboy artifacts. The lobby’s pine decor, high ceilings, log furniture, and Southwestern textiles add to the ambience. However, some of the furnishings are a bit outdated and worn. 


On the banks of the Colorado River, a half-hour drive from Moab

Red Cliffs Lodge is a half-hour drive from downtown Moab on a winding, rural road off of Highway 128. It's directly on the Colorado River and nearby hiking and equestrian trails. The Arches National Park is a half-hour drive from the lodge while Dead Horse Point State Park takes an hour. Driving to Canyonlands National Park takes a little over 50 minutes. It’s an hour and a half minutes to the Grand Junction Regional Airport, while the busier Salt Lake City International Airport is over four hours away by car.


Southwestern-style log cabins and suites, some with fireplaces or whirlpool tubs

The lodge offers a range of air-conditioned suites and cabins with queen or king beds. All feature pine furniture, Southwestern decor touches, irons, bathrobes, and safes, and most come with patios with lounge chairs and river views. Some of the furnishings are outdated, notably the thin patterned comforters. Wood and tile bathrooms feature horseshoe hooks and shower/tub combos. Cabins offer gas fireplaces, dining tables, sofas, ceiling fans, and kitchenettes with microwaves, toasters, and double sinks, and River King Cabins have whirlpool tubs in the bedrooms. King Suites have open floor designs and come with wet bars. Pet-friendly rooms are available for a fee and Wi-Fi is available for free. 


Horseback riding, swimming pool, on-site dining with beautiful views, and business facilities 

Red Cliff Lodge has its own horse stables and offers horseback riding in the surrounding countryside. The on-site winery -- producing 6,000 bottles of wine a year -- has private tastings and tours. There are also plenty of kid-friendly activities on the property, including fishing, rafting, and swimming in the large, seasonal outdoor pool, surrounded by a deck with lounge chairs and patio furniture. The lodge offers everything from a gift shop with souvenirs to two tennis courts with scenic red-rock views. The Cowboy Grill provides meals in a rustic setting, with pine furniture, Southwestern decor, and large windows with stunning views. The terrace and covered patio, with portable heaters for colder days, has river views. The on-site bar and lounge has a log fireplace and a flat-screen TV. A small gym offers cardio equipment and weights.

Although the lodge appeals to leisure travelers, it's also a good place for meetings and retreats, and there are five meeting rooms, including three breakout rooms. The Colorado Room can fit 150 people, while the Rio Grande holds up to 600 people if it's deck is used. There's also a business corner provides two PCs.

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Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, Utah 84532, United States



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