Springtime getaway in Moab

May 5, 2004
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Springtime getaway in Moab
Q: I would like to plan a spring trip to Moab, but I'm not sure I want to do the guided-tour thing. Can you provide me with info on hotels and local (upscale) accommodations in the area from which day trips can be easily made?

Steve Johnson
Scituate, MA
[email protected]

Timing is everything in Slickrock City
A: If you're serious about heading out to Moab this year, you'd better hurry because your window of opportunity for a spring trip is about to slam shut.

Early March is the time to go, before throngs of spring breakers on fat tires descend on the Slickrock Trail. Avoid the first week in April at all costs. That's when the Jeep Safari comes to Moab and everything in town will probably be booked solid and crawling with off-roaders. May is definitely do-able--the crowds have thinned and students are back in school--but by June, the red rock canyon country starts to heat up to its scorching summer temperatures.

There are plenty of plush bed and breakfasts to choose from, and it's an easy ride to most trails from bustling downtown Moab. Book a room at Sunflower Hill B&B and bike out your front door to Hurrah Pass, a 20-mile out-and-back ride along dirt and gravel roads. The inn has 11 antique-laden rooms, an outdoor hot tub, and lush wildflower gardens. Doubles range from $70-$140 per night, including breakfast; call 801-259-2974 for more information.

To put some distance between you and town after a hard day on the trails, check out the Castle Valley Inn, about 15 miles northeast of Moab along the Colorado River Canyon. The eight rooms in this stone lodge have spectacular 360-degree views of snowcapped mountains and red rock, and the river is just five minutes north. A double room will set you back anywhere from $85 to $145 for the night, including a full breakfast; call 801-259-6012 for reservations.

Or head about 16 miles southeast of town along La Sal Mountain Loop Road to the much-celebrated Pack Creek Ranch. At 6,000 feet in the foothills of the La Sal Mountains, the ranch offers rustic cabins, horse rides, and some of Utah's best food. Rates start at about $75 per night, including breakfast; call 801-259-5505 for more details. For names of other worthy B&B candidates, call the Moab Information line at 800-635-6622.

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