Where to stay in Moab
Moab is a lovely town in Eastern Utah. It is a real hub for adventure travel and seems to buck the trend for franchises and has attracted a plethora of independent shops and restaurants and even the odd independent accommodation provider, amongst the usuals.
Moab is situated close to the Colorado River, which makes it the perfect base for those wanting to go white water rafting. The river doesn’t actually flow right through the town, but there are a couple of accommodation options (Red Cliffs and the upmarket Sorrel River Lodge) that are situated directly on the river’s banks. These two are ideal if you are looking for solitude and a chance to sit back and take in the river, especially if you aren’t going rafting. However, if you like to be able to wander into town and choose your restaurant and have a drink or two, then you are better off staying in town.
The Best Western Canyonlands has the prime position in the town, in walking distance of the independent book shop and many of the best restaurants. It is a solid option, although doesn’t reflect the indy vibe of Moab. If you want to stay somewhere with character, then Gonzo Inn is an excellent choice, a little further from the high street, but still in walking distance.
Slightly further out of town and close to Arches National Park, you have the Aarchway Inn which is a charming motel with pool and play area, ideal if your children want the space to let off a bit of steam. You will need to drive into Moab from here, but it will only take 5 minutes or you can catch the shuttle into town.