Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa

Moab's rugged canyon adventure
Expansive green pastures cradled by red rock cliffs create a stunning first impression as you approach Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa. This upscale resort overlooking the Colorado River near Moab, Utah, is set amid some of the most spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the desert Southwest.

The resort's 55 luxurious rooms and suites are designed for space and comfort, with sitting areas, generous bath facilities and porches or decks that allow you to bask in the solace of the surroundings. Each room offers views of the mountains or the river (some deluxe suites have both) along with plenty of privacy.

The 160-acre property also features two tennis courts, a swimming pool, a fitness center and a full-service spa. You’ll find a fine dining restaurant in the main lodge, while casual meals are served on the outdoor decks and in the breakfast room.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • What makes Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab different from other hotels is its amazing location next to Arches National Park in eastern Utah.
  • Cabins overlook the Colorado River (the same river that carved the Grand Canyon) and stunning rock formations such as Fisher Towers.
  • The resort cultivates a western aesthetic that gives the property a rustic and relaxed feel, and an endless array of activities from evening bonfires to horseback riding can be booked via the property’s unique adventure concierge.
  • A walking path winds along the banks of the Colorado River, where you can stroll through the proprty or have a seat at one of several private conversation areas and relax in the sounds of the water.
Things to Know
  • If you want to go rafting on the Colorado River, you’ll want to visit the ranch during the high season in summer. Those who prefer to have the parks to themselves should consider a winter visit, when crowds dissipate and a light dusting of snow adds charm to the blazing red rocks.
  • The drive to Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa follows the banks of the Colorado River, winding through picturesque red rock formations and sometimes hugging the cliff sides in the more narrow stretches of the road.
  • Along the way, wide pullouts offer drivers the opportunity to stop for photographs or simply take in the breathtaking scenery that makes Canyon Country in southeast Utah such a popular outdoor destination for visitors.
  • With one restaurant on the property, you might want to make a trip into nearby Moab to stock up on some snacks to keep in your in-room kitchenette for the times you don’t want to smarten up for the restaurant or truck into town.
The Rooms
  • Like the vast landscape that surrounds the Moab property, the Sorrel River cabins have plenty of space for you to roam, and range in size from 400 to 1,000 square feet.
  • All are decorated in a rustic western style that doesn’t scrimp on modern amenities such as Wi-Fi and flat-screen televisions.
  • You’ll also find a kitchenette, and every cabin has its own private porch with chairs or porch swings for relaxing. The cabin-style furnishings are dotted with kitschy western accessories such as cowboy figurines hunched near the door and sconces with the profiles of horses on them.
  • The western style of the rooms at Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa in Moab extends into the large bathrooms, where guests will find plenty of modern amenities treated with a rustic kick.
  • While soaking in the claw-footed hydrotherapy tub you can gaze at the large, scenic print of rustling cowboys hanging on the wall, or take note of the unique metal horse heads that anchor the towel bars to the wall in the resort.
  • A roomy shower takes up one corner of the bathroom – possibly the only corner that hasn’t been kitted out with rustic accoutrements – and dual sinks on the vanity, each with their own mirror, offer plenty of room to spread out.
The Restaurants
  • The most upscale option is The River Grill Restaurant, where chef Richard Potts and his culinary team lets the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort’s farm-to-plate philosophy guide every dish.
  • They often use fresh herbs and produce grown on site at Sorrel River’s garden in classic dishes such as Kobe beef, pan-seared scallops and lamb chops.
  • The River Deck overlooking the Colorado River is the place to go for a relaxed lunch of salads and freshly made sandwiches. It’s also a fine choice when sunset comes and you’d like a cool libation and some appetizers after a long day at the spa or exploring Canyon Country.
  • The Sorrel River Ranch Bar, open seasonally from May 5 to late October, offers classic and contemporary cocktails, fine wines and artisan beers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available at the resort, and the bar is open daily from noon until 11 p.m.
Getting There
HC 64 Box 4002 Mile 17 Highway 128, Moab, Utah 84532
SLC (4 h 10 min-4 h 20 min)  
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