Top 5

Utah lodges

Red Mountain Spa

Utah's convoluted canyons, primordial mountains and windblown arches shape its spectacular landscape. All that rugged scenery beckons at splendid, one-of-a-kind lodgings, each celebrating in its own way the wonders of this otherworldly state.

Red River Ranch

1. A river runs through it

Imagine a timber mountain lodge in the grand tradition of the Old West, with trophy heads, Navajo rugs and original Remington sculptures. Surround it with 2,200 acres of alpine meadows and a winding river (where the fly-fishing for trout is supreme), throw in an outdoor hot tub, in-room wood-burning fireplaces plus a gourmet dining room, and there you have it: The Lodge at Red River Ranch. That's what they call picture perfect.


Red Mountain SPA

2. Mountain high

For the health-conscious set, Red Mountain Spa is just the thing. Rock climbing, kayaking and horseback riding are followed by rejuvenating treatments at the Sagestone Spa. Bring on the desert rain massage! For true indulgence, opt for a luxury villa and kick back to the view of the Red Rock Mountains.


3. Greener pastures

Overwhelmed by Utah's vast stark beauty? Explore your personal landscape at Green Valley Spa and Resort in St. George, a small, luxurious oasis of spiritual health and fitness set within a 19-acre garden of honeysuckle and 10,000 roses. Fabulous hiking in nearby Zion National Park is always an option as are golf, tennis and rock climbing lessons taught by the resort's pros.


4. Going for gold

Stein eriksen

The namesake of the Olympic Gold Medalist (and the world's first skiing superstar), the Five Diamond Stein Eriksen Lodge is nestled in Park City's Deer Valley Resort. January visitors benefit from some of the best ski conditions in the Southwest and some of the best celebrity sightings, thanks to the annual Sundance Film Festival.


5. Red rocks

Moab may rank as Utah's number one outdoor playground, but things can get a bit snug when 20,000 tourists invade the town. Instead, spread your wings at Red Cliffs Lodge, 14 miles up the canyon, on a 240-acre working cattle ranch. This 100-room resort comes complete with knotty pine, saltillo tiles and log furniture. For help planning your backcountry adventures, just ask the friendly staff.


Bonus: Salt Lake City

Staying in Salt Lake City? Check out the Peery Hotel, a handsomely restored Victorian-style hotel. The halls are wide. The lobby's staircase is grand. The staff wishes you a wonderful morning. With the craggy Wasatch Mountain Range as a backdrop, how can you go wrong?


(Freelance writer Debra Weiner lives with her son Sam in Chicago. She wrote about Nashville in the May issue of onAir.)

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July 2006