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moab from sorrel river ranch

by jani on May 14, 2012

One of the most beautiful places we’ve ever visited is just outside Moab, Utah at the Sorrel River Ranch. It is expensive, but fabulous! Need some real R&R? Then Sorrel is the place to be. It’s located off of Highway 128 just about 17 miles northeast of Moab. Those visiting Moab, generally go to see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Of course you don’t want to miss seeing those beautiful vistas, but hidden off the scenic highway of 128 is a new world of striation and hidden canyons.

The captivating panarama of Sorrel River Ranch. Our room was the building on the far left of this picture. The deck is huge and faces the Colorado River. Except for the occasional sound of the horse’s whinnying, the peace and quiet is perfect. Every now and then you’ll see a blue egret or the deer grazing beside the banks of the meandering river. We were there the beginning of October; a perfect ending to our month long road trip. Just an interesting side note: when Spielberg filmed “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” he booked the entire ranch for most of the cast and crew.

The over sized Adirondack chairs on the front porch are a perfect place to enjoy the scenery of this magnificent place and sit back, relax and in my case, finish my book du jour. Several of the guests we met were enjoying  the comfortably warm evenings with a glass of wine, before heading to bed. Readying themselves, as they plan for another full day of incredible mountain biking, river rafting, hiking, climbing or horseback riding on the many equestrian trails surrounding the ranch. All of these activities can be arranged through the helpful staff.

Another view of Sorrel River Ranch from the hills on the southern side of Highway 128.

A view of Castleton Tower which is seldom seen from this particular angle. This picture was shot while driving the La Sal Mountain Loop Road which runs into Highway 128. It had been a rainy day and I was able to capture this great image of a low hanging cloud as it was passing by the tower. This part of Southern Utah should be on everyone’s bucket list!

In just a matter of moments, the clouds lifted and the blue sky against the red rock was picture perfect (no pun intended…well, maybe a little). This grouping of rocks is called: on the left, The Priest and Nuns and on the right, another view of Castleton Tower, just below Castle Valley driving toward Highway 128.

Another great shot of the Colorado River. It doesn’t really matter that the water is a muddy color from the surrounding eroding sediment. The feeling of serenity is ever present here!

If you’re looking for a peaceful part of the world where you can leave all the hustle and bustle of your normal busier-than-crazy life behind, with the added luxury of a four star resort, Sorrel has my vote. Our Australian Shepherd was welcomed with open paws! She was one happy canine and so were her owners. We actually embraced the 17 mile distance from Moab as we enjoyed the solitude of this beautiful resort. They also have a lovely spa on the property to help release those tired muscles after a busy day of physical exertion. As for us, we just sat back and soaked in all the surrounding glory!

Have you visited this area? I’d love to hear about your travel adventures!