Romantic Things to Do in Moab

Hotels, Things to Do — By julietrevelyan on August 17, 2011 at 12:37 am


If you have a honey and you’re visiting Moab with said one and only, there are several romantic options for you to canoodle to. Restaurants, galleries, sunset snuggling, B&Bs with sweet charm, moonlit hikes, all await you in this laid-back town. Consult our short list here and then make plans to spend quality couple time during your visit to this red rock outdoor paradise.


Where to stay:

Sorrel River Ranch Resort Spa. Why? Classy, elegant, sophisticated, yet full of local ambiance and charm that invites romantic couples.  What a great place for a proposal… and then you can even plan to get married there.

Red Cliffs Lodge. Why?  An on-site winery, for starters, can ensure a lovely end to a day together as you sip wine in front of a crackling fire indoors or by the Colorado River slipping by outside. Sumptuous and focused on guest happiness, this place is made for lovers.

Dream Keeper Inn. Why? With its detached Willow Cottage and Ivy Cottage, this lovely little sanctuary was made  for two people who want only to look into each other’s eyes and forget about the rest of the world.

image: simpleponderings/Flickr

Where to eat:

Desert Bistro. This is the place to go big, spend a little cash, and impress the heck out of your sweetie with elegance, outdoor dining on a balmy night, and some darn delicious entrees.

Buck’s Grill House. From the duck tamales to the veggie enchilada with pumpkin seeds and blue corn crepe, this surprisingly sophisticated menu in an otherwise relaxed town can wow your darling.


What to do:

If you and your lovebird are early risers, head to Mesa Arch in Canyonlands National Park for an unparalleled sunrise that attracts photographers from around the globe.

For night owls, take a cruise along the Colorado River with Canyonlands by Night, which offers evening boat trips that include dinner along with the sunset.

Drive the Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway for love-inspiring views. The stunning scenery has been known to spark new love, rekindle long-time love, or just make you appreciate the fact that you’re staring into such natural beauty while sitting next to the one you consider pretty dang gorgeous as well.

Moab Adventure Center. Looking to show off for your courageous, adventurous partner? Book a trip through these folks and get ready to have a rockin’ time. Drift over canyon country in a hot air balloon, take a horseback ride, get splashed on a river float. Any way you slice it, if your sweetheart likes to live large, give him or her a trip to remember.

If you want to show off a bit to your mountain biking significant other, you need to head Behind the Rocks, a locals’ secret that features hard-hitting trails, natural arches by the scores, and relief from the throngs that might otherwise impede on the active romantic date you planned. Sometimes, knowing where the locals find sweet singletrack–and the tourists don’t–will do a lot more to impress your kick-butt sweetie than a high-class night on the town.

image: Nelson D./Flickr


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  • VisitMoabUtah says:

    Dream Keeper Inn closed in 2010 and remains closed 2011, with no known future to re-open. has current listings for everything Moab, hotels, restaurants, tour companies and helpful hints for trails, family fun, birding, all sorts of specialties.

  • julietrevelyan says:

    Well, that’s a bummer about Dream Keeper! I wish they’d posted about the closure on their website. Thanks for the update, much appreciated.


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