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Sorrel River Ranch Resort 4.0

Moab, Utah, United States

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Pros

  • Located on the Colorado River with a backdrop of red-rock mesas
  • Cabin suites with flat-screen TVs, kitchenettes, and river views
  • Stylish ranch house features a kitchen, a fireplace, and a soaking tub
  • Horseback riding and pony rides
  • Seasonal outdoor pool and hot tub with red-cliff views
  • Charming spa offers a sauna, treatment rooms, and a gym
  • Three restaurants with riverside and fireside dining
  • Kid-friendly petting zoo with pigs and ponies
  • Grassy volleyball court and mountain bike rentals
  • Six meeting rooms and business corner with two Macs
  • Small gift shop with souvenirs
  • Free continental breakfast and coffee in the day
  • Free Wi-Fi 

Cons

  • Cell phone service may be spotty
  • Far from Moab and the national parks
  • Some furnishings are homey and outdated
  • Resort fee applied at check-in

Bottom Line

Located behind a backdrop of red-rock mesas on the Colorado River, Sorrel River Ranch Resort is a perfect base camp for families and couples seeking an adventurous vacation. There are horse and pony rides, a petting zoo, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a full-service spa, romantic riverside dining and cocktails, and guided hikes. A total of 55 cabin suites offer kitchenettes and soaking tubs, and some have riverfront patios. However, the remote location means cell phone service is patchy and the national parks are a far drive away.

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Family-friendly uxury ranch on the Colorado River, popular with outdoorsy travelers

The Sorrel River Ranch Resort lives up to its motto “where luxury meets adventure,” attracting couples and families willing pay a bit more for a picturesque and quiet southwestern vacation directly on the Colorado River. The ranch’s beginnings date back to 1903 when Fred and Ida Stearns lived in a two-room farmhouse, a building that’s preserved by the herb garden. In 1999, current owner Elizabeth Rad took over. Today the two-floor resort features a small, wooden front desk and a TV lounge with leather furniture. The gargantuan ranch resort has beautiful views of the area's red-rock mesas (often featured in classic cowboy movies) and nearly every outdoor activity that travelers seek out in Moab. Guided hiking trails, horseback and pony rides, a petting zoo, river rafting, volleyball and basketball are all offered on-site. Riverfront patio furniture and parked wooden wagons on the grounds add to the Southwestern atmosphere. However, some interior furnishings are more homey than luxurious.

Location

Located on Highway 128, overlooking the Colorado River

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The resort is remote, in a Colorado River location that's removed from the national parks, and a car is necessary. There aren’t any stores or restaurants in walking distance. Arches National Park is a half-hour drive away and Canyonlands National Park takes just short of an hour. Dead Horse Point State Park and Hurrah Pass are a little over an hour by car. Indian Creek is a three-hour drive. Downtown Moab -- with plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes, and adventure tours -- is a 25-minute drive. It’s a 42-minute drive to the Canyonlands Airport. 

Rooms

House and cabins with knotty-pine furnishings and subtle Southwestern decor touches

The resort offers a Ranch House for rent along with four categories of cabin suites: Mountain-View, River-View, Spa, and Family. Both the Ranch House and the cabins have knotty-pine ceilings and furnishings and subtle Wild West decor touches. All come with flat-screen TVs, bathrobes, irons/ironing boards, and kitchenettes with mini-fridges and microwaves. Bathrooms have shower/tub combos or separate walk-in showers and clawfoot tubs. Family units offer two bathrooms and riverside decks. The three-bedroom adobe Ranch House features leather furniture, a main kitchen, a kitchenette, a patio, and balcony, along with a fireplace, a laundry room, and three bathrooms. ADA accessible and pet-friendly rooms are also available.

Features

Romantic riverside dining, cozy spa with a gym, meeting rooms, and a business corner 

There are three restaurants, including the classically decorated River Grill, with wooden ceilings and large windows overlooking property. The River Deck and Riverside Bar offer rocking chairs and patio furniture directly on the Colorado River. The Professor Valley Dining Room is cozy, with a fireplace, a potbelly stove, a spiral staircase, comfy leather sofas, and an enclosed patio with river views.

There’s also a cozy spa with a sauna, steam room, locker room, a fireplace treatment room, and a standard gym with cardio equipment. The outdoor pool -- open from April through October -- and the hot tub are situated on a deck with lounge chairs and beautiful views.

The property also has six meeting rooms that can fit between 20 to 600 people. The events lawn, pavilion, restaurants, and the river deck can also be rented out. There’s also a business corner with two Mac desktops and a printer; Wi-Fi is free. 

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Address

Mile 17 Highway 128, Moab, Utah 84532, United States

Phone

435-259-4642

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