After the long detour, it was a relief to arrive in Moab. We were all awestruck as we pulled into the Red Cliffs Lodge. It was like stepping into an old western movie. And as we were about to learn, Rio Grande and many other John Ford movies were filmed at this lodge and the surrounding areas. We could hardly believe the picturesque beauty that surrounded us.
Red Cliffs Lodge is located off of scenic highway 128, which is considered one of the most scenic drives in the country. This spectacular drive takes you along the Colorado River and is surrounded by amazing red rock cliffs, buttes and mesas. At times it felt absolutely surreal and it made the 14 mile trip to and from Moab’s city center worth it.
Moab is a small city but it’s big on adventure. Some consider Moab the extreme mountain biking capital. And if you’re not into mountain biking, there’s spectacular hiking at Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Dead Horse Point (where the last scene of Thelma & Louise was filmed!). Downtown Moab has very cool shops, art galleries, fantastic locally owned restaurants, and warm friendly people. The kids were completely stoked about finding Lin Otinger’s Rock Shop. Very cool finds and all types of fossils in the shop. And we got to see Lin Ottinger in the flesh during one of our many visits! Fun facts about Mr. Ottinger:
“Lin Ottinger has operated the Moab Rock Shop since 1960. His knowledge of rocks, minerals and fossils is well known, gaining him recognition in many national and international publications. Many of his discoveries have been donated to museums around the world. They include such things as a new species of dinosaur, tracks of rare or previously-undiscovered dinosaurs & flying reptiles, fossil sea shells, uranium and other rare minerals and crystals. “IGUANADON OTTINGERI” is a 30′ 7 ton Sauropod that Lin discovered in 1973 just north of Moab, later named for him by Dr. James H. Jensen of Bringham Young University.”
Moab is the perfect place that appeals to the extreme adrenaline junkies and those that just want to sit back, relax and take in the natural beauty.
Our beautiful cabin on the left. Every morning we woke up to the roaring Colorado River just outside our deck.