Boulder Mountain Lodge If you're traveling between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon national parks, exploring Grand Staircase-Escalante national Monument, or looking for a destination in its own right, don't miss this wonderful lodge along scenic Highway 12. A 5-acre pond on the pastoral grounds is a sanctuary for ducks, coots, and other waterfowl, and horses graze in a meadow opposite. Large, modern rooms with balconies or patios offer gorgeous views of the neighboring wetlands.
The main lodge contains a great room with fireplace, and there's a fine-art gallery and remarkably good restaurant—the Hell's Backbone Grill—on the premises. The service and care given to guests here is impeccable. Outside there's a hot tub, volleyball net and stone fire pit; inside cozy up with a DVD or get a relaxing massage in your room after a day of exploring.