Red Cliffs Lodge + Winery
On the outskirts of Moab, Red Cliffs Lodge is a beautiful estate resting on the banks of the Colorado River. That’s the hook. Once here, you'll enjoy great food, adventure and the latest bottlings from Utah's first and largest winery.
On the outskirts of Moab, near the entrance to Castle Valley, Red Cliffs Lodge is a beautiful estate resting on the banks of the Colorado River. That’s the hook. For those staying overnight, if you arrive early to check-in, you’ll be anticipating your return to your room throughout the day. Check-in late and weary after a long day on the road, bike, river, whatever, the soothing sound of the current will immediately calm and inspire your mind back to life. For those late arrivers, just wait until the red rock landscape that dawn brings.
The lodge itself is fortunately not just a lodge in name only. Vaulted ceilings exposing large wood beams, log furniture, wood paneling, and tiled floors all give the Red Cliff Lodge a rustic feel, but guests soon discover the amenities to be nothing short of world class.
Of course, there’s more to Red Cliffs Lodge than its overnight accommodations.
Dining and Castle Creek Winery
The Cowboy Grill is a fine restaurant located in the lodge and you can’t go wrong having a meal here — delicious eats. The terraced dining room has beautiful views out of the many windows. If weather permits, it is recommended that you dine on the patio to soak up the surrounding beauty. The Cowboy Grill offers freshly prepared country fare with vegetarian options, and box lunches are available to take with you no matter what adventures are have planned for the day.
For après adventure or nightcaps be sure to drop in at the Wild Horse Bar for a drink. While there be sure to step out on the patio and lose yourself under the desert night sky.
Red Cliffs Lodge is also home to Castle Creek Winery. With hot days and cool nights, the Moab area has proven to be a great place to grow a variety of grapes. Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, and Chardonnay are all vintages locally and regionally sourced and produced at the winery. Tastings are offered daily between noon and 5:30 p.m.
Many visitors are surprised to fine a winery in the region, but it's not new. Castle Creek’s Will Fryer says some experiments with viticulture in southeastern Utah were conducted by the University of Arizona decades ago. Finding the grapes grew well, the state actually provided some funds for people to plant wine grapes, only to find out a few years later it was illegal to make wine in Utah.
Thanks to the dedication of the Castle Creek team, the state of Utah legalized bonded winemaking in 1988. A decade later, the Fryers took over the defunct Arches Winery and went to work not only improving their wine, but the entire winemaking scene in Utah. Popular blends include Outlaw and Monument reds or the Lily White and Petroglyph whites. Varietals include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. The Castle Creek tasting room is open seven days a week, with tastings beginning at noon.
Museum of Film and Western Heritage
The Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage is located right at the lodge as well, and you can check out the numerous pieces of movie-making memorabilia that give a nod toward the many movies and countless commercials filmed in the area — “Rio Grande,” “City Slickers,” and “Thelma and Louise,” to name a few. (See the itinerary: "Thelma & Louise: A Tribute Road Trip Through the Classic Film’s Utah Settings")
The combination of pioneer and early cowboy ranching exhibits blend with a rich tradition in Hollywood and independent film history launched in part by the love for the place that John Ford developed through many films in the southeastern part of Utah. It's a tradition that continues to the present day, as HBO's "Westworld" turned to the Moab region to depict the story's quintessential Western backdrops.
If you are looking for an adventure, the staff at Red Cliffs can arrange any number of activities through local guides and tour operators. Mountain biking, whitewater rafting, hiking, guided tours, visits to the neighboring national parks, scenic flights, ATV rentals, scenic drives, and Hummer tours are all within the realm of possibility, so whatever your fancy of the day may be, they can help.
Whether you come for a night or stay for a week you will find your soul recharged by the comforting atmosphere and adventurous activities at the Red Cliffs Lodge.
Red Cliffs Lodge
Milepost 14, Highway 128
Moab, Utah 84532