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Red Cliffs Lodge
Ranked #1 of 37 Hotels in Moab
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 27 July 2006

I had very high expectations about this resort, having read the reviews of others. The resort from the outside is quite disappointing, given that it has a very motel-like appearance. It didn't help that it was over 100 degrees when we arrived, with the rooms all looking out on a very dusty parking lot. The rooms, however, were very nice--quite roomy, and nicely decorated. We stayed there four nights, and enjoyed the large room, which was complete with a refrigerator and small kitchen area.

Downsides of the resort (in addition to an unappealing exterior) were somewhat spotty housekeeping (they never replaced any of the toiletries in the four days we were there, nor did they always take out all of the trash cans), plus its distance from town. I had thought given the way the place is advertised that it was truly an adventure center and that we could do lots there. However, they merely are a booking agent for other companies, most of whose tours start in town. Town is a relatively far drive if you need to go in frequently (which we did). It takes about 30 minutes to get there on a rather windy road. We went in to both book various activities as well as to eat at more interesting restaurants. I would recommend shopping around for tour companies, both for price as well as attentiveness. My impression of the Red Cliffs Lodge is that any tour that you would book with them would involve many others. We booked canyoneering, ATV and hummer tours directly with the folks that lead them, and got individualized attention (we were the only ones on the tours). This made for more enjoyable tours for us, given that we had the full attention of our guides. If you are adventuresome, I'd recommend all of these unique tours.

Finally, although we had a creek view, I think I would have preferred a river view. You actually can't even see the creek given the bushes, so I'm assuming the scenery would have been more spectacular on the other side of the motel.

Stayed: July 2006
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Reviewed 26 July 2006

My boyfriend booked a trip to Moab for my birthday and we stayed at Red Cliffs Lodge for 3 nights. We upgraded to the new private cabins overlooking the Colorado river. The front desk did not go above and beyond to recommend things to do around town and I felt it was a pretty generic welcome.

The cabin itself had 2 separate rooms-
1) a living room/kitchen with a couch, table, desk, little fridge and a microwave, there is also a tv with a fireplace underneath it (although at 105F who needs it? :)
There was also an entry to the porch right from the kitchen.
2) The bedroom was very nice, TV, king sized bed, AC, desk, plenty of closet space, and a jacuzzi in the corner, but we heard it leaking so hopefully they will fix it.

We only had a couple of gripes about the Ranch. The first was that their shower didn't work too great and we requested a hand-held shower from the front desk, which they did not have so we wound up spending a couple of hours in town looking for one. Another thing is I felt that at the price we were paying they could have included a complimentary breakfast and maybe turn-down service-- these things go a long way!

Obviously, keep in mind that this is a ranch and not a 5-star hotel, so you should expect to find plenty of bugs in the room every night(we caught about 10 crickets each night).

Overall it was a great experience and we loved the scenic ride to/from the Ranch when exploring Moab.

P.S. We hiked up to Corona Arch, which we were told not a lot of people know about and it was so worth it! We were alone on top of the canyon and it was such a magnficent sight. Try to go there.


  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank Luv2Travel247
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Reviewed 19 July 2006

We stayed at the Red Cliffs Lodge as part of a family vacation in July 2006. If you are traveling to Moab without children, I would definitely recommend it over some of the hotels in town. The setting is beautiful (on the Colorado River, quiet and isolated), but as some others have pointed out, there is a "motel" type quality as far as the outer appearance of the buildings. Inside, our room was nice, with a roomy bathroom, kitchen and two double beds.

My biggest disappointment with Red Cliffs had to do with their pricing policy. I believe the base rate for our room was $169 per night, however, they charged us an additional $20 per night per child!!!! Only children under 3 stay free. So, if I understood correctly, despite the fact that we were using the same 2 double beds, same size room and same amenities as everyone else, we paid $60 extra???

I would also echo the comment about the front desk being indifferent. The Lodge was basically deserted while we were there, but when we asked for a late checkout (due to the fact that we were doing a morning river rafting trip, a trip they profited from due to their arrangement with the Moab Adventure Center), they told us the best they could do would be a noon departure (we were not returning from rafting until 12:15). As a result, the 5 of us packed all our bags and vacated the room at 7:30 am. Guess what, when we returned, the parking lot and lobby were DESERTED! Why not accomodate your customers when there is no cost or inconvenience to do so?

If traveling with children, I would recommend the Sorrel River Ranch...there are no extra charges for children, and although you'll pay about the same amount as you would at Red Cliffs, you will actually get much more beautiful accomodations and not leave with the feeling that the hotel charged you extra for no apparent reason.

  • Stayed: July 2006, travelled with family
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5  Thank Momof3boyz
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Reviewed 16 July 2006

We just returned from a whirlwind tour of the Southwest. We stayed 3 nights at one of the brand new cabins at Red Cliffs Lodge. The staff was extremely friendly at check-in. They answered all of our questions and offered each of us a fresh cookie to welcome us to the area. The kids were nervous about staying in a "cabin", but it was far from what most people think of when they hear that term. Upon entering our place we felt it was more like a beautiful mountain home than a cabin. We were overwhelmed with excitement as we entered the main living area. It was beautifully decorated, spacious and included a large kitchen area, fireplace, satelite TV and more. Both bedrooms were huge and offered comfortable beds, large TVs and plenty of space to stretch out. We walked out on the enormous deck to find two lounge chairs and a large patio table and chairs which provided us an opportunity to sit and watch the rapids on the Colorado River. Despite having 3 large TVs in the cabin we hardly used them. It was more entertaining to sit on our deck watch the kayakers and rafters navigate the rapids (see photo). There were several other small touches that added to our experience including robes provided in each room as well as beach towels for each guest to use at the pool. Our first thought was how could we ever leave here ?

We enjoyed the cool evenings of Moab as we listened to the rushing river pass by outside. The swimming pool/spa area was also amazing. The pool chairs were brand new and extremely comfortable and the pool itself was large enough to play in without feeling cramped by other guests. Our last night at the lodge included the wine tasting which offered us an opportunity to sample some of their local creations. We would recommend this resort to anyone looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but still have all of the comforts of home.

As others have mentioned, the lodge is 14 miles from Moab and well worth trip. Downtown Moab is constantly busy with traffic including large trucks and construction vehicles. The drive down hwy 128 is beautiful and makes the trip in and out of town easy. With so much to do in town, it's nice to have a gorgeous retreat to go to each night.

The cleaning staff was also exceptional. The room was spotless each day upon our return. The cabin included some dishes as well as silverware for our use. In addition to cleaning any of their dishes that we used, they also washed and dryed items that we had used that belonged to us and fully expected to handle cleaning ourselves. If you get a chance to stay at one of the cabins it is definitely worth the trip and the price.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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4  Thank PamAnnT
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Reviewed 4 July 2006

The Red Cliffs Lodge couldn't have been nicer. The "cheesy" photo they use highlighting the red and green doesn't do the place justice. This is a very nice lodge in an unbelievably beautiful location. The staff was very friendly, professional and courteous. The rooms are beautifully decorated, spacious and great views in the river front rooms. The restaurant was a little pricey but what hotel restaurant isn't. The food was excellent and again the view of the Colorado River was amazing from the dining room. The lodge is 14 miles from downtown Moab but the drive has spectacular views that you don't get tired of. I would definitely recommend and will do again.

  • Stayed: July 2006
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6  Thank DaytonaMike
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Reviewed 21 June 2006

Just returned from a three-night stay at the Red Cliffs Lodge. While I agree with some of the reviewers that the property is structured more in the fashion of a motel (all rooms have outside entrances) rather than a traditional lodge, the layout does not detract from the tranquility or quality of this hotel. Rooms are large and comfortable, and include a nice kitchenette. Dined at the restaurant one evening, and although service was somewhat slow, the food was fine. Sunset views from the restaurant patio over the Colorado River are amazing. Just one note of advice - ask for a room with a Colorado River view if possible. My room was on the opposite side of the resort, backing up to the resort's stables. I would have liked to spend time on the room's patio, but the smell from the stables was too strong - perhaps a real example of life in the "Old West" that I am just not used to! Nonetheless, I already am planning a return visit to Red Cliffs Lodge..

  • Stayed: June 2006
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8  Thank TravelingP
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Reviewed 20 June 2006

In a word fabulous.....THE RED CLIFFS IS AWESOME>>>>>
We had planned on staying 2 nights and immediately upon our arrival decided to add a third night to our stay. The rooms are great, with a nice kitchen area, we had a river view, which I strongly recommend. However, there were just finishing some beautiful log style cabins, with a huge bathroom kitchen, jacuzzi in the bedroom and a deck looking out on the Colorado River...prices seemed reasonable.....and they are just gorgeous. Our husbands went for a horseback ride with Mark, one of the Wranglers working at the ranch, and they are still talking about ride and the views, and what a great tour they had. Not to mention the fact that Mark was originally from the Detroit area and a Red Wings fan. The staff is fabulous, they were always willing to answer any questions and help in any way they could. The ranch is a few miles out, which adds to the ambiance of the setting....The views of the cliffs and the river are outstanding. The meals are great, but a bit pricey. However, considering the views and convienence, not that unreasonable. The only downside would be that they do not offer sandwiches and lighter meals, with the exception of a few appetizers. The site also has a really neat film museum of movies that have been shot in the Moab area. One evening we saw a tall gentlemen in a cowboy hat and we were told this was the ower. We would have loved to sit and talk to him about what brought in to the Red Cliffs....This was our first trip to Utah, doing the Grand Circle National Parks Tour, and I would have to say Moab and the Red Cliffs was my favorite. I would not hesitate to return there for a long weekend getaway.....

  • Stayed: June 2006
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7  Thank pjvan
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Address: Mile Post 14 Hwy 128, Moab, UT 84532
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Region: United States > Utah > Moab
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Moab
#1 Family Hotel in Moab
#2 Business Hotel in Moab
Price Range: £92 - £293 (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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