Destination Guide

Utah

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Utah comprises some of America’s most beautiful national parks, including the Arches near Moab, Bryce Canyon and Zion, making it a fantastic destination for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, road tripping—and skiing, in winter.

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Exterior View - Sorrel River Ranch, Utah, American West

Sorrel River Ranch

Usually when a property is located a 30-minute drive outside of the closest town, it is an inconvenience – in the case of Sorrel River Lodge, it's actually a plus thanks to a glorious setting right beside the Colorado River. It also helps that Route 128, that leads to the 240-acre property is one of Utah's most scenic, framed by towering red rock cliffs and the rushing river.

Guests turn into the sprawling property and drive along large meadows studded with the property's horses (lessons and rides into the surrounding landscapes are available). By the time you reach the cluster of wooden cottages and cabins, you cannot hear the road anymore; the sound of cars has been replaced by the rustling Aspen trees and gurgling river.

Sorrel has 55 rooms and suites, all of which come with kitchenettes (if you want wine or snacks, you have to purchase them in Moab, as there is nothing up near Sorrel). All accommodations are set in clusters of wooden cabins that line the river, though not all of them have river views. There are eight family suites, and every room category has several options, including king beds, double queen or full beds. Some are multi-level and others have the possibility of connecting rooms. Interiors are modern interpretations of the Wild West, with polished wooden floors, Navajo-inspired rugs, wrought iron light fixtures and massive picture windows. Most of the bathrooms comes with separate showers and claw foot tubs, and the lovely eco-friendly amenities are made exclusively for Sorrel. For couples, some of the best rooms are the Riverview Deluxe Kings, which have lofty ceilings and a lot of space.

The heart of the property is the main lodge, which was the original owner's personal home in the 1990s. The large wooden deck outside is reminiscent of a safari lodge, with lots of comfortable couches and rocking chairs, overlooking the river and into the mountains. The pool and hot tub are small and located right next to the riverside entrance of the main lodge; walking by a hot tub-full of people in bikinis can feel a little awkward at dinnertime. Overall, though, the vibe at Sorrel is laid-back, almost like a summer camp for grown ups – no one dresses up for meals, and most everyone is just happy to be staying in this special setting.

There's a small spa with four treatment rooms, tennis courts and some short hikes on property, but the whole point of a visit here is to explore beyond Sorrel. The lovely staff is happy to help arrange day activities in the nearby parks and wilderness. Guided tours to Arches and Canyonlands are options, as are excursions to nearby Fisher Towers and the incredible mountain bike trails of Moab. During the summer months, the Colorado gets busy with rafting traffic, and guests at Sorrel have front-row seats to the spectacle. More serene are April and October: both are glorious months to visit this part of southeastern Utah.

View of the hotel lit up at dusk. The desert setting and remoteness of the location.
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Amangiri

Surrounded by one hundred acres of sand-hued canyons, Amangiri is a perfect place for a weekend of hiking, spa treatments and relaxation in southern Utah.


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