The canyons and landscapes of Utah are something like a huge adventure playground that you never want to leave again, as there are always unseen corners to discover. This includes, for example, the grandiose rock formation of the Fisher Towers, which lies in the east of Moab near the Sorrel River Ranch. While there are almost exclusively faceless motel chains in the city itself, the ranch captivates with luxurious Wild West charm of superlatives.
Those who drive on Highway 191 through the middle of Moab will inevitably find the turnoff to Highway 128, which meets Interstate 70 in an easterly direction. But you don´t have to leave the epicentre of national parks that far, because you reach the entrance to the Sorrel River Ranch after a 30 minutes drive along a wild and romantic dream route. A few horses gallop in the warm midday sun, while the few guests on the countless wooden chairs and benches along the Colorado River almost lose themselves.
The Wild West comes alive! What applies to the ranch, its lobby and restaurant, will be continued in the cabins. My Mesa Studio is dominated by a huge wooden bed, which is basically programmed for deep sleep. In addition there is a small kitchenette, where you can cook in the evening if the dinner at the River Grill wouldn’t be so good. Of course you have a veranda and either look at a rocky backdrop or enjoy the sunset directly at the rushing Colorado.
Hard to believe, but in the middle of the American vastness, the focus is on haute cuisine, as there is a small but fine menu that picks out specialities from the region without the usual burgers and wedges variations. You sit on velvet chairs and enjoy a glass of red wine from the local Moab Castle Creek Winery in an upscale ambience. Breakfast also leaves nothing to be desired and serves the egg dishes fresh and powerful with a good pinch of innovative refinement. Please give the sensational French toast a try.
It is hardly possible to describe the legendary Sorrel River Ranch without its greatest treasure, and that is and remains Utah’s spectacular natural backdrop. Whether you want to admire the rock arches in Arches National Park or look down on the extensive gorge system of Canyonlands National Park, all attractions are within a short driving distance and make a longer stay a good idea. And then there are the already mentioned Fisher Towers, which simply knocked me down. You can read more about this wonderful landscape on my blog turnagain.
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