Utah is home to an amazing array of lodges, resorts, cabins, yurts and more. Many visitors choose to experience places like the canyons of the Wasatch Front or Southern Utah and its Mighty 5® national parks a specific way, from rustic adventure lodges and dude ranches to luxurious resorts.

There are several types of accommodations to consider when planning your visit to Utah.

In the coming weeks, we'll count down some of our favorites lodges here to inspire you, change how you look at a certain area or maybe even relive a special time in Utah.

View of Red Cliffs Lodge and Castle Creek Vineyard 

1. Red Cliffs Lodge

Red Cliffs bills itself as Moab's Adventure Headquarters, a tall order for a town like Moab, perhaps, but a title on which Red Cliffs delivers.

Red Cliff also has three consecutive Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence and a top ranking on Trip Advisor padding its resume, but it translates to world-class hospitality in an astonishingly beautiful setting, what can only be described as quintessential Western Americana with the lush contrast of the Colorado River.

Also standing in startling contrast to the glowing red rock cliffs are the vineyards of Castle Creek Winery. The Red Cliffs team operates the award-winning winery on-site, with more than 30 wines in their portfolio to date. Castle Creek wines showcase the unique expressions of local and regional grapes. According to the vintner, "The dry climate of Moab is optimum for growing healthy grapes, excellent for producing a variety of fruit, including Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay."

For the adventurous types, Red Cliffs and their partners can help outfit your vacation for horseback riding, mountain biking, white water rafting, Hummer tours, off-roading, even scenic flights. You might even just take a hike or scenic drive up Highway 128, or better yet, relax at the lodge in your room, glass of Castle Creek wine in hand, the tranquil waters of the Colorado the soundscape for your inner peace. 

Breakfast with a view 

Welcome to Red Cliffs Lodge

Wine barrels at the adjacent Castle Creek Winery

Will Fryer of Castle Creek Winery checking on his Merlot