Contemporary Hotel in Red-Rock Country with Heated Outdoor Pool
The small desert town of Moab, Utah, set near the Colorado River in one of the most beautiful parts of red-rock country, has been the site of major Hollywood films and iconic American TV commercials, and it is home to what some consider the most popular mountain-bike trail in the world. This spectacular scenery has made Moab one of the best recreation spots in the country—hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive every year to hike, bike, and kayak through its dramatic landscape. Despite its growing popularity, however, Moab still has plenty of small-town charm, and the locals are determined to keep it that way. The Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn, located in the heart of downtown, reflects that small-town mentality by priding itself on customer service. It's also not far from some of the most famous attractions in the state.
There are a few dining options at the Canyonlands Inn. The Peace Tree Café, an open-air spot adorned with bright chalkboard menus, pairs organic salads and sandwiches with smoothies or craft beers. Chefs at Pasta Jay’s, an Italian restaurant decorated with red-brick walls and checkered tablecloths, employ 19th-century family recipes to cook cheese ravioli and pesto gnocchi. In the morning, you’ll find a complimentary breakfast buffet near the lobby featuring omelets, sausage, and fresh fruit.
Guest rooms reflect the beauty of their natural surroundings with natural granite vanities and window treatments and bed linens in shades of smoky green and brown. Photographs of majestic western landscapes adorn the walls. The heated outdoor pool, which stays open year-round, looks out onto the red-rock cliffs. You can also soak up the landscape from the hotel's rooftop patio, where plush chairs surround a freestanding fireplace.
Moab, Utah: Recreation Playground in Red-Rock Country
With a population hovering around 5,000, Moab is by far the largest town in southeast Utah. It was named after a biblical kingdom, and like most towns in this area, was established by Mormon pioneers. Moab has distanced itself from its religious heritage, however, and is now best known for its natural scenery and world-class recreation.
Set near the Colorado River in a green valley surrounded by dramatic sandstone cliffs, the desert town is a microcosm of the great western landscape. It’s been the backdrop for major Hollywood films, including Thelma & Louise and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. One of its landmark stones, Castle Rock, starred in several Chevrolet commercials and played Danny Zuko in the national tour of Grease.
Hundreds of miles of trails, a variety of terrains, and breathtaking scenery make Moab a top destination for mountain bikers. The area's most famous trail, Slickrock Bike Trail, follows a difficult 10-mile loop through orange Navajo sandstone about 3 miles from the hotel. Rafting rides along the Colorado River are popular, too, and can see dinosaur fossils from the Jurassic period along one of hundreds of four-wheel-drive roads.
Moab is also an ideal base camp for exploring the nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Arches is home to more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, as well as pinnacles and staggering red-rock formations. At Canyonlands, you'll find the confluence of the Green and Colorado Rivers, along with sheer sandstone cliffs and buttes and canyons carved into the sandstone by the rivers themselves.
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