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Red Cliffs Lodge & The Colorado River in Moab, Utah

Experience the Colorado River

Utah’s Colorado Riverway is a scenic wonderland of colorful cliffs, river-carved canyons, lush bottom lands, and massive sandstone spires. Highways 128 and 279 parallel the river for many miles, and are both Utah Scenic Byways.

The Colorado River is one of the most important water systems in the United States. Draining watersheds from seven western states, it is divided into two major districts, the Upper Basin comprised of Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico, and the Lower Basin formed by Nevada, Arizona, and California. With its headwaters in Wyoming and Colorado and its mouth (until recently) flowing into the Gulf of California, this river serves as a focal point for both prehistoric and historic events in the West

Stewards of the mighty Colorado River

At Red Cliffs Lodge we are committed to preserving our natural resources for our environment, our guests, and future generations!

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Featured River Sections

river_recreationWestwater Canyon:

Westwater Canyon is located in a Wilderness Study Area northeast of Moab and is the first canyon of the Colorado River within Utah. Westwater Canyon includes Class IV rapids and is therefore only recommended for experienced boaters.

river_recreation2The Moab Daily and Dewey Bridge to Hittle Bottom:

This stretch of the Colorado features easy boater access, close proximity to the city of Moab, moderate rapids, and wonderful scenery. Highway 128 follows the river here. Depending on time of season and water level, you will encounter rapids on this section ranging from Class I to Class III.

Picnic Facilities Along the Colorado Riverway

Picnic facilities are available along Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128) at Lion’s Park, Big Bend Recreation Site, and Hittle Bottom. No permits or fees are required for day use at these sites.

Hiking Trails along the Colorado Riverway

Hiking trails located along the Colorado Riverway include:

Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128):

  • Fisher Towers
  • Negro Bill Canyon

Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-279):

  • Portal Overlook Trail (which starts at JayCee Park and is also used by mountain bikers)
  • Corona Arch Trail

Kane Creek Road:

  • Moab Rim OHV Trail takes hikers to an excellent viewpoint of Moab Valley
  • Hunters Canyon Trail follows a seasonal stream along the bottom of a serpentine canyon bottom

Mountain Bike Trails Accessible from the Colorado Riverway

Mountain bike routes accessible from the Colorado Riverway include:

Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-128):

  • Kokopelli’s Trail
  • Onion Creek Road
  • Porcupine Rim Trail (bottom)

Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway (U-279):

  • Poison Spider Mesa
  • Long Canyon
  • Potash trails

Kane Creek Road:

  • Moab Rim
  • Pritchett Canyon
  • Hurrah Pass
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