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Sorrel River Ranch ~ Luxury meets adventure in the great Southwest

Imagine this after taking a brain beating while working all day: You walk out of your cabin-like room, furnished luxuriously in cowboy chic Southwestern style. Gorgeous wood and stone details, rich leather sofas and lavish top-of-the-line bath products set a tranquil tone. On your front porch, you have a wonderful view of the mountains, in shades of mauve and amber, or perhaps a view of the Colorado River that runs through it as you sit comfortably on your rocker.


A walk in any direction and you are gazing at over 160 acres of pristine wilderness made up of red rock mesas in every size, shape and hue of red and brown imaginable. This is the image that I will remember after a glorious three day stay at Sorrel River Ranch, an award winning full service resort set in a spectacular setting just outside of Arches National Park.  


Add fine dining at a farm to table restaurant where dinner can be served indoors or alfresco on the deck with an incredible river and mountain view, a concierge desk that can arrange every outdoor activity imaginable, an outstanding spa (perhaps the best massage I’ve ever had) and you have a resort you may not want to leave…but you have to as there is just too much to experience. So, hop in your jeep, hang a right on Route 128, a left at the next road, and you are on La Sal Loop Road – a breathtaking drive through a landscape riddled with arches and cathedrals. Drive a bit further and you can view dinosaur and fossil footprints, but you need to know where to look.


Head back to Route 128 and hang a left. In a few minutes (about 16 miles) you will come to a turning point. Go left and you will enter the town of Moab. Here you’ll find some cool shops with local artisan jewelry, like Lema’s Kokopelli Gallery for fine handmade Native American jewelry. The small town boasts a few very good restaurants (we know who they are) as well as a good local brewery! Hmm…haven’t earned the right to down a few locally crafted brews quite yet. Turn right instead and in minutes, you are entering the otherworldly Arches National Park.

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The scenery and hiking trails within Arches are too numerous to list in this blog. You can spend several days in this incredible National Park alone. My wife and I hired John, an outstanding guide, through one of our excellent travel companies – Epic Private Journeys – for an exciting hike through the Fiery Furnace. John was very knowledgeable, entertaining and just a very cool dude. Thanks John, for one of the best hikes we’ve ever taken!

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In addition to Arches National Park, Sorrel is also in close proximity to Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park and much more. Hollywood discovered this natural wonderland years ago and even today, continues to use the landscape for backdrops. Some of the great classics like Rio Grande and the Comancheros as well as some of the “not so greats” like City Slickers (sorry), Con Air and most recently, the Lone Ranger were filmed here.

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So, if after reading this blog and checking out a few of our pics on our Pinterest board creates an image you find intriguing and inviting, contact me for more info. DiTusa Travel can create a  very personalized itinerary for you with plenty of adventure that can combine a stay at Sorrel River Ranch with a stay at the awe-inspiring Gateway Canyons Lodge (see our previous blog) with exclusive amenities and benefits you won’t find on the internet.


DiTusa Travel Group is an affiliate of Lake Shore Travel, a proud member of Virtuoso.