I took one of my bestie’s 18-year-old son to Moab so he could start checking off the national parks he wants to hike in. When looking for a place to stay I found Moab Springs Ranch. Having been to Moab multiple times, I can tell you its location on the north side of town is perfect. It’s close enough to run into town for food and, being on the north side, it’s easier to head to Arches National Park and Island in the Sky unit of Canyonlands National Park because you don’t have to deal with town traffic. Moab Springs Ranch has stand-alone bungalows and 1-3 bedroom townhomes nestled into the side of a mountain with lots of shade from cottonwood trees.
I arrived late afternoon and checked-in with my friend Jenn, assistant manager of the property. Next to the office is Horsethief Coffee. A great property with a delightful coffeehouse is right up my alley. Both the office and coffee shop are in a historic ranch house. I drove up to Bungalow #35 just in time to catch sunset. I did a very short hike to an overlook on property and enjoyed a beautiful desert sunset. We stayed three nights and on our last morning, we got an amazing sunrise of pink and orange hues filling the sky. The property’s front yard is an amazing view. It’s backyard is the Slickrock Mesa Wilderness with a lovely trail behind the bungalows you can hike down to the Meadow area.Moab Springs Ranch has an interesting history too. It is the oldest continuously occupied settlement in Moab. Ancestral Fremont Culture First Americans settled along the springs followed by the Elk Mountain Band of the Ute Nation. The Spanish Trail, which linked Santa Fe to California passed through here in the early 1800s. Moab’s first permanent non-native settler, William Grandstaff, built stone cabins here in the 1880s. The Ranch House was build by Moab’s Taylor Family in the 1890s. They used locally fired brick for the large home now on the National Historic Register. Moab Springs Ranch even has Wild West tales and a connection to the Kennedys. After robbing the San Miguel Bank in Telluride, Colorado, in 1889, Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch camped here. In 1950, Robert and Ethel Kennedy honeymooned in the Ranch House.
For best rates and less crowds, visit Moab in the late fall, winter, or early spring. For itinerary details on this trip, check out Jennifer‘s post on How to Spend Two Days in Moab Visiting Arches and Canyonlands.