Moab’s brightest, shiniest new resort is The Moab Resort, a WorldMark Associate property. This property feels like a home away from home (but with much better views) and is located in the best possible location for exploring one of the most adventurous, outdoors-oriented destinations in the U.S. In fact, it’s just five minutes away from Arches National Park and roughly 30 minutes away from Canyonlands National Park.
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The property is set along the Colorado River Basin and offers stunning sights with a backdrop of Moab’s scenic red rock landscape. The red-tan buildings of the resort are meant to blend into the natural surroundings and complement the area’s natural beauty. The guest room buildings are named after nearby “arches” found within the national park.
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The Moab Resort offers chic luxury lodging with a regional twist
The lobby at The Moab Resort has a sleek ground-to-roof glass entryway that lets in lots of natural light and peeks out onto the resort’s infinity pool in the back, which overlooks the mountains. There are 150 vacation club suites on-site, including studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites that sleep between two and 10 guests, depending on room type. The suites also include a partial or full kitchen — which really comes in handy either before or after a day of outdoor adventures — as well as private bedrooms, separate living areas, a washer/dryer unit, and a private balcony for getting some fresh air. My favorite amenity inside my suite was the warm, cozy electric fireplace.
Outside at the resort, visitors can use the aforementioned outdoor swimming pool, a large infinity inset with an expansive view of the mountains, or warm up in one of the multiple hot tubs, each heated to different temperatures ranging from moderately toasty to piping hot (great for after a day of strenuous physical activity, like hiking or mountain biking). There’s also a splash pad, a children’s playground, and a communal fire pit.
Inside the resort, guests will find a well-equipped fitness center with multiple cardio machines and weights, a modern, 24/7 business center, and a dedicated game room with a pool table and paperback books to disconnect from technology and reconnect with their present quest for relaxation. Other on-site amenities include bike storage, a mountain bike washing station, and three grill stations around the property. Guests can borrow “grill kits” from the front desk.
And for those who inevitably forget to pack basic toiletries — like me — there’s a compact grab-and-go market adjacent to the lobby, selling supplies like razors, sunscreen, deodorant, and portable snacks.
I really enjoyed eating on-site at the property’s seasonal restaurant, the Sandstone Bar and Grill, which is open for breakfast and dinner. The outdoor patio offers a nice view of the mountain scenery and is equipped with heat lamps for chilly evenings. While I was visiting, there was even a special menu of limited-time, seasonal autumn cocktails.
This property is a great home base from which to explore the nearby national and state parks, and it’s only a couple of miles from Moab’s quaint downtown district. For those who seek some expert trail guidance, WorldMark by Wyndham just launched a “Hiking Concierge Program” teaming up with “America’s Park Ranger,” Ash Nudd — a national parks expert and a former park ranger to offer complimentary hiking concierge services with expertly curated outdoor itineraries.
Guests who want to explore on their own can drive or take the city’s seasonal Moab Area Transit (MAT) fare-free shuttle service, which picks up right at the resort and stops at a collection of designated stops across town — including Moab’s picturesque Main Street. This road feels straight out of an Old Western film with its unique shops and restaurants housed in traditional brick and wooden buildings.
Activities off-site from The Moab Resort
I rented a car from Canyonlands Jeep and Car Rentals, which made it super easy to explore beyond the bounds of town with its rental car return location at the airport. I drove into Arches National Park (visitors should be forewarned they must book a “reservation” for a designated hour-long slot to enter the park during busier times of the year) to hike the famed Delicate Arch trail, which was just as awe-inspiring in person as I had hoped for. It was nice the reservation system was in place because it prevented overcrowding, even on the busiest trail routes.
Then, I headed out to the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands National Park, where I took on the Grand View Point Trail. This hike was a relatively short and flat route that rewards trekkers with stunning panoramic views of the canyon below.
Those who’d prefer to see the sights from inside a car or on a bike can check out the La Sal Loop Scenic Drive. It’s a gorgeous ride climbing up the mountains above Moab with scenic views of the valley on one side and alpine sights of aspens, evergreens, and tall peaks – a surprising sight in this desert landscape – on the other. This route features colors of changing leaves in autumn and snow in winter and can provide a cool respite from the desert heat below in summer.
One of my favorite experiences was the Moab Jett boat trip, which was a scenic, 2-hour tour of the Colorado River right on the water. It was interesting to see the geography from a different perspective and learn about the area from our guide, who was a longtime local and expert on Moab.
Dining and drinking in downtown Moab
Be sure to check out Moab Brewery, which has stood the test of time since 1996, bringing visitors and locals alike together while serving tasty craft brews and food. Moab Brewery offers products inspired by the rugged surroundings of the region and dishes made from a scratch kitchen cooked up to refuel after a day of outdoor adventures. It’s a fun place to hang out.
I also enjoyed spending time at Moab Coffee Roasters downtown, which served espresso drinks, coffee, tea, smoothies, and bites like breakfast burritos and bagels — even gelato, among other treats. It felt like an authentic place to meet locals and visitors and relax. Next door to the coffee shop is Moab Made, which sells various goods made by local artisans — from dozens of types of stickers, to greeting cards, photography, bags, soaps, jewelry, and much more.
One of my favorite things to do while traveling is find a local bookstore to explore. Across the street from Moab Made and the coffee shop is Back of Beyond Books — an independent bookstore selling everything from guidebooks to modern fiction and nonfiction to tarot card sets and self-help workbooks, and even a rare book collection.