by Cheryl-Anne Sturken | November 01, 2005

Sorrel River Ranch

Desert oasis: Sorrel River Ranch

If destinations were assigned a color, Moab would be red. The only Utah town to sit on the banks of the Colorado River, it is surrounded by sheer red-rock cliffs. Even the river runs red after rain roils its bed of silt.
    Hugging the base of the cliffs is the newly opened 52-room Sorrel River Ranch Resort, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. No hayrides and chuck wagon fare here: Luxury cabins are fitted with porch swings to help guests savor the view, while The River Grill Restaurant in the main lodge features continental cuisine and an impressive wine list. For groups, the hotel has 11,000 square feet of meeting space.
    After trail rides, river rafting and mountain biking, recoup with a sumptuous spa treatment.