Fodor's Expert Review Red Cliffs Lodge

Hwy. 128, mile marker 14, Moab, Utah, 84532, USA

Discovered in the late 1940s by director John Ford, this former ranch was the setting for several 1950s Westerns, and you can feel transported into one as you gaze onto the Colorado River and high canyon walls from your simple but elegant room. The River Queen cabins are especially nice, with private decks overlooking the rapids below. All rooms are Western in decor and atmosphere, with log furniture, lots of wood, and Saltillo tile. Added attractions include an on-site winery, a movie memorabilia museum, and plenty of space to walk and enjoy the location. The helpful staff are happy to arrange guided rafting, hiking, biking, and off-road tours throughout your stay. Horseback riding, guided by real-life cowboys and cowgirls, is also offered on-site. With all the adventure here, you'll probably work up an appetite, and The Cowboy Grill at Red Cliffs serves an excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's a good thing, too, because town is about 14 miles away.


  • great riverfront views
  • private cabins are woodsy but modern
  • the movie museum
  • which chronicles filmmaking in the area
  • is a treat
  • the movie museum, which chronicles filmmaking in the area, is a treat
  • beautiful spot, with peaceful canyon and river views
  • many luxury amenities and great restaurant
  • private cabins are woodsy but modern


  • far from town
  • spotty cell-phone service
  • drive to town can be long during busy season
  • spotty cell service
  • not all rooms have river or creek views


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Phones: 435-259–2002 | 866-812–2002


110 rooms
Rate Includes: No meals

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