Sorrel River Ranch
Moab, The Southwest, United States of America
At a Glance
Incredible natural setting in Utah's red rock country
Stupendous adventure and off-road potential in the surrounding areas
Wake up to the babbling Colorado river that runs alongside the propert
Beautiful trail rides on horseback
Superb mountain biking
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Moab has a desert climate moderated by altitude, with cool to cold winters and warm to hot summers, and plenty of sunshine year-round. Seasonal (high) temperatures range from 16-24°C in the spring to 38°C in the summer months (June through August) and cooling to high 20s again in September and October; during the winter months, snow is not uncommon, but a range of 4-15 °C is typical.
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Idyllically set on the banks of the Colorado River beneath weathered red rock mesas in an area made famous by John Wayne, Sorrel River Ranch is a spectacular place to experience the countless adventure opportunities of Utah’s rivers, canyons and desert.
Reached along spectacular Highway 128, Sorrel River Ranch is a remote lodge located near Moab, the adventure capital of the Southwest. The lodge and has been designed to capture and reflect the natural beauty of southern Utah's unique red rock cliffs and mountain landscape.
The adventure potential here is virtually unlimited. Get a taste of the Old West horseback riding with Sorrel's team of wranglers among giant buttes and mesas or follow hiking trails through pristine desert scenery full of natural and cultural history. Take in the extraordinary natural beauty of Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Go rock climbing or canyoneering – even if you haven’t tried this before, there are expert guides to show you the ropes.
There is also exhilarating white water on the Colorado River and the infamous Cataract Canyon, where full- and half-day rafting trips can be organized. On two wheels, mountain biking here is some of the best on Earth, and on four wheels, there are Hummer tours and jeep safaris that will take you off road to some of the secluded canyons, hidden arches and awesome panoramic views from the tops of red cliffs that are lit up by the desert sunsets. Take an ATV trip to explore the remains of ancient civilizations, discovering dinosaur bones on the way. Or take to the air on a scenic flight to enjoy unbelievable views of the powerful landscapes. You can even go skydiving if you dare!
After an invigorating day, return to the ranch to relax by the pool while soaking up the astonishing surroundings, or unwind with a yoga session. If your thirst for activity is not abated, you can play tennis, Bocce ball, badminton and croquet.
Then enjoy a superb meal at the River Grill Restaurant with herbs and vegetables fresh from the lodge’s kitchen garden, before returning to your spacious and elegantly rustic accommodation with log-beamed ceilings, overstuffed sofas and mountain-lodge style furnishings.
Sorrel River Ranch’s 55 luxury cabins are rustic and elegant, with custom handmade furniture, a private deck or balcony and stunning views.
|River Family Suite||
With separate sleeping areas and bi-level layouts, these expansive suites are perfect for families traveling together. The open downstairs floor plan includes a king bed, kitchenette, dining area, and a spacious sitting area, along with a large bathroom. A second-floor bedroom features two queen beds. The best part about these suites is the private deck with incredible views of the Colorado River.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Sorrel River Ranch, however there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel.
The River Grill is an adventurous restaurant bringing a new twist to American ranch classics. The Ranch also has a swimming pool and a spa.
Tennis, horse-riding excusrions, guided hikes and basketball are available on the Ranch. Mountain biking, white-water rafting and scenic float trips, jet-boat trips, hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering, 4x4, ATV and Hummertours, scenic flights, pre-historic Petroglyphs, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Colorado River, La Sal Mountains, Dead Horse Point State Park are all available nearby.
Greg Salmon (Staff)
The mighty Colorado river makes for an awe-inspiring backdrop for my morning coffee. Well needed after days spent horse riding and hiking escpially after being woken by the local black bear roaming the ranch. My cabin is spacious, quiet and comfortable, the restaurant is situated in the main building which involves a leisurely stroll down the river which is particularly pleasant in the evening sun. Despite the name Sorrel River Ranch isn't a typical ranch and the horse riding facilities and trails are on the basic end of the spectrum, the rides involve mostly walking on rather chunky horses which can only be described as walking arm chairs suited making them well suited to leisure riders. However, the rides do make for a fantastic photo opportunity and a great way to take in the awesome scenery. The hotel also runs complimentary guided hikes every morning which make for a great start to the day. For the more daring there is an onsite adventure center but be sure to book activities early as they sell out quickly in peak season.
Anna Northeast (Staff)
Just to clarify as it often confuses and understandably so, Sorrel River Ranch isnt actually a ranch. Its a resort style hotel and they do have horses and ponies there and guests can definitely go out and ride, however, if youre looking for cowboys, lassoos and cookouts then this isnt quite the right place for you. However, if you would like a slightly luxurious home on the range feel in a stunning location, youve come to the right place. Sorrel River Ranch is set right on the banks of the mighty Colorado River, 17 miles along route 128 from Moab. So the one thing to immediately remember is the extra time needed to get here, even when you arrive in the buzzing town of Moab you still have another 30 minutes or so to drive before reaching your destination. Its worth it though, this twisting turning road winds alongside the Colorado river as it snakes through the gorges strewn with camp sites for the keen outdoor enthusiasts (mountain biking, climbing and rafting are huge here) and then opens out toward the end of your journey to display stunning rock sculptures lining the sky. Sorrel River Ranch has a healthy amount to land and a couple of minutes to reach the reception from the gate past the pastures, stables and petting zoo which is a firm favorite with younger guests. Im greeted enthusiastically by the bellman who asks me to follow his golf cart up to the building right at the end of the line of accommodations. Each building has around 6 rooms in them, some facing toward the pasture and others toward the river. Without a doubt, pay the extra and go for the river view, waking up to the gentle sound of the water and the red rock faces rising dramatically above it is a treat well worth indulging in. My room is spacious and rustic luxury. Theres a little kitchenette corner and wooden table and chairs, country style leather sofa and four poster bed built out of tree trunks it seems. The bathroom is roomy too with a dreamy claw foot tub that I wonder how long will take to fill, its that big! Outside the porch allows privacy from neighbors and comfy wooden Adirondack chairs for sitting out as the sun sets and the evening draws in. The main building houses the restaurant (which is just being refurbished), a pool and deck area and outside terrace. There is sometimes live music playing in the evenings but sadly not this evening, however, I am very lucky to be there on a Friday night where a local amateur astronomer sets up his telescope on the activities field once the darkness has fallen and points out some incredible night treasures. Its quite cloudy this evening, however, he has found Jupiter and we get a very clear view of it complete with two rings and all four moons, its pretty exciting. We take a look at the almost full moon and its possible to even see the craters on the top. The conversation slips into supernovas and galaxies far and beyond and my mind is a bit blown so I bid farewell and head back to my room. One thing they could do with here is some lighting though as I did rather fumble and trip my way back to my building in a slightly groping manor. Breakfast the next morning is lovely but pricey. This is one thing to mention, the dining here is upscale and so is the pricing. There is only the one restaurant on site so guests are a little restricted if they dont want to go out. However, the Red Cliffs Lodge just 3 miles along the road has more laid back dining at good price so it is worth booking a table for dinner there at least once. It gets busy as the restaurant looks right over the river. No meals are included at Sorrel River so everything else is a la carte. What they do include though is the petting zoo, a couple of great hikes, two of which are guided each day as well as camp fires with smores each evening, volleyball and tennis. Theres also yoga and there is also a small spa although I cant say its one of the most decadent I have seen or tranquil, perhaps save your indulgences for another more spa focussed hotel.
All in all its a nice place and they have the idea right, however, I do feel it lacks a little direction and the service can be hit and miss. I noticed a predominantly young staff and perhaps they have trouble keeping staff beyond a season or so which can mean the continuity of the service can waiver some what. If they had a great team in place I think this place could be spectacular, it has everything in place but something just lacks a little at the moment. Hopefully they will address this and it can rise to its full potential.
Rafting the Colorado River
Rafting the mighty Colorado experience an iconic stretch of whitewater and famous red rock canyons. The trips are all easily accessible from Moab with rafting trips from half-day and full-day rafting trips on gentle water to fast flowing rapids.
Saddle up at Sorrel River Ranch
Saddle up and ride through the iconic Utah landscapes made famous by Hollywood Western movies. The corral has horses and trails to suit all abilities. Take in the giant buttes and mesas from horseback and live your very own John Wayne moment.
White water rafting
There are plenty of places in the USA to run white water, but one of the best is the upper Colorado River where you can run standing waves and whoop and holler in delight as you and your team shoot the rapids.
Location & directions
Moab, The Southwest, United States of America
Located on the banks of the Colorado River on 240 acres amidst Moab's majestic red rocks, Off Highway 128, Moab, Utah.
How to get there
It is a 9-hour 30-minute flight to Denver followed by a 1-hour 30-minute flight to Canyonlands Airport and a 40-minute transfer.