Robbers Roost was the perfect base-camp for us to explore many of the fascinating sites surrounding Green River. We stayed there four nights. Though Green River itself was fairly dilapidated and a bit of a modern day ghost town (with many/most of the local businesses abandoned), it was a fascinating place to walk around taking photos. As the last town providing any services along I-70 for 100 miles, the town is a popular pit-stop for truck drivers and semi trucks may be seen cruising the through town frequently. The location offers easy access to the beautiful Green River for paddlers and there are lots of river adventurers/rafters in town. Plus, within a one-hour radius there are amazing sites such as Moab, the Colorado River, the San Rafael Swell, many pictographs, picturesque canyons with great hiking, and ghost towns. We did awesome day trips every day and came back to the Robbers Roost every night.
This family-owned vintage motel was nothing fancy. Very basic with no frills, but it was cool, clean, comfortable and inexpensive. Plus, they offer pet-friendly accommodations for a very reasonable additional fee (+$6 per night. Not per pet, but total. That is great). The owners were out of town during our visit, but family members had been enlisted to take their place to manage the motel operations. There was a group of young kids/cousins always around during the day, friendly, telling me stories and petting our dogs.
The room was wood-paneled, dark, cool and perfect for summer. The AC worked great. My husband thought the carpet was a little outdated and weird. He questioned walking on it when he came out of the shower, “It’s like, from the ‘70s!”. (My reply: “Yeah? So are your feet!”) Honestly, it looked more like 1980s carpet, sculpted-style, and it was clean except for some dust bunnies under the bed which we vacuumed up ourselves after borrowing their vacuum. Lots of TV channels. Small fridge. The lobby is open minimally and does not appear to provide coffee for the guests. The bathroom was clean, with full bath, and the vanity sink area appeared to have been recently renovated with new lighting and counter top.
My only suggestion would be to add more hooks to the walls, for hats, towels, keys, bags, etc., as there is no closet in the room, and several well-placed hooks would have helped us organize things better than throwing things in drawers.
The motel’s location is at the western edge of the modern town, but just around the corner from the the historic original "main street", Broadway to the east. To the the west there is a series of billboards along open desert, en route to I-70 entrance ramp. Across the street was a historic church. It’s a 4 minute walk to a very nice grocery store, the Melon Vine. Green River is known for its melons. They have a melon festival every September. The nearby restaurant, Ray’s (“the Place for Everyone”) was consistently crowded with many cars and motorcycles parked out front.
A group of artistic young people operate something called the “Epicenter” around the corner on Broadway, promoting art, design, affordable housing and creating new enthusiasm for this old railroad/river town. They create many of the area attraction brochures and marketing materials for the town. I am curious to see where their energy takes Green River.
Some highlights near town: Swasey Beach area along the Green River, the John Wesley Powell River History Museum, Black Dragon Wash (cool shady summer hike along the bottom of a sandstone canyon), the ghost town of Sego, Utah (about 25 miles away, close to the more recent ghost town of Thompson Springs, and the Sego Canyon pictographs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come experience the beautiful Southeastern Utah with this scenic Green River based motel. The Robbers Roost Motel offers one and two bed rooms with convenient amenities including wireless internet and television. Stay where excellent dinning and outdoor activities like river rafting, horseback riding and national park tours are always in reach. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Robbers Roost Motel Green River, Utah