Contemporary Hotel in Red-Rock Country
The desert town of Moab, Utah, lies near the Colorado River in one of the most beautiful parts of red-rock country. It's been the site of major Hollywood films and numerous TV commercials, and it's home to what some consider the most popular mountain-biking trail in the world. Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive in the area every year to hike, bike, and kayak amid spectacular scenery.
Despite its growing popularity, 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 focusing on friendly customer service. It also benefits from a location that's not far from some of the most famous attractions in the state.
Onsite dining options include the Peace Tree Juice Café, an open-air spot where you can enjoy organic salads and sandwiches paired with smoothies or craft beers. Pasta Jay’s is an Italian restaurant where chefs use old family recipes to make cheese ravioli and pesto gnocchi. In the morning, you’ll find a complimentary breakfast buffet near the lobby that features omelets, sausage, and fresh fruit.
Guest rooms feature granite vanities, photos of western landscapes, and an earthy color palette of green and brown. You can 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
Though the population numbers only about 5,000, Moab is 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. But it's best known today for its natural scenery and world-class outdoor 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 you can see dinosaur fossils from the Jurassic period along numerous 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.