Family Travel: Scenic Southern Utah

Moab and Red Cliff Ranch in scenic southern Utah are a picture-perfect, Western family retreat.
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Moab and Red Cliff Ranch in scenic southern Utah are a picture-perfect, Western family retreat.
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The grandeur of the Western landscape is never more in-your-face amazing than in scenic Moab. Moab and southern Utah is the Gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks; the ultimate mountain biking mecca; wet adventures on whitewater rapids; petroglyphs and pictographs; and lively city life.

From condos to guest ranches to hotels, your accommodations can match your budget and your personal needs. Moab’s ultimate lodging experience is a stay at Red Cliffs Lodge. Rates range from $100 to $300 per night with standard rooms, suites, and cabins available.

The on-site Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage is a tribute to films shot in the area. Movie buffs of all ages can wander through the museum and view attractive displays of movie memorabilia. Adventure and tour packages, such as horseback riding, white water rafting and hiking, are available through the lodge, or just stay at “home” and splash around in the on-site pool, sip chardonnay at the winery, book a spa appointment, or get the family together for a game of volleyball.

Situated on the Colorado River with the backdrop of red-rock majesty, the lodge is in a prime location for exploring all that the area has to offer.

Excursions might include a visit to Arches National Park and its famous Delicate Arch. Older travelers, small children, and those with limited mobility can choose from a variety of trails ranging from a 10-minute walk to several miles.

Hand the children a disposable camera and let them add their photographic imprint to the trip. Finish the day in downtown Moab, where your budding photographers can develop their pictures. Make it a family contest, and have the grandparents pick their favorite photo(s)— and then treat everyone to an ice cream in vibrant downtown Moab.

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