View of Canyonlands National Park

Four Perfect Days at ULUM Moab

A vacation at ULUM Moab—a new, outdoor luxury resort located near Moab, Utah—is the perfect way to experience the beauty and adventure of the Southwest. Located on 200 acres of breathtaking desert landscape, within sight of Looking Glass Arch, ULUM offers an unforgettable Southwest escape.

Below is a fun and relaxing four-day itinerary. Reach out to ULUM Moab’s Guest Services Team for assistance in designing your own customized itinerary.

Day 1: Get to Know Moab

 After checking into ULUM, venture into Moab, a small town (fewer than 5,000 residents) on the banks of the Colorado River. Located near Arches National Park, Moab is an entertainment hub and a mecca for mountain bikers who want to challenge the slickrock trails in the area.

Visit the Moab Museum of Film and Western Heritage

Since the legendary film director John Ford made “Rio Grande” starring John Wayne in 1950, Moab has been a popular location for Western-themed movies. This museum, located on Red Cliffs Ranch, offers a look at cowboy culture in real life and on film.

Try a Local Brew

The Moab Brewery produces more than a dozen beverages, all with red rock area themes. Rocket Bike American lager pays tribute to the MTB culture, while Dead Horse Amber Ale gives a nod to nearby Dead Horse Point State Park.

Plan Your Trip Around a Festival

The Moab Music Festival in September offers concerts in extraordinary red rock venues for every musical taste, from classical to Latin to traditional American and jazz. They call it “music in concert with the landscape.”

 

Day 2: Escape to ULUM

After a cozy night in your Suite Tent—outfitted with Parachute linens, natural West Elm furnishings, Aesop bath products, and a private deck ideal for enjoying the stunning red rock views— enjoy breakfast at ULUM’s full-service restaurant, which serves healthy Southwestern-inspired cuisine.

With ULUM Moab as your base camp, you can spend your day relaxing in the resort’s refreshing dipping pools, exercising on the yoga deck, or adventuring by foot, mountain bike, or boat. Here are a few of our favorite adventures:

Explore Looking Glass Arch

It’s just a short hike to Looking Glass Arch, a large sandstone dome with a huge window carved out of rock. To turn up the adventure dial, climb the Arch with expert guides who can provide the climbing gear and know-how to get you to the top.

Go for a Mountain Bike Ride

The Moab area is world-famous for its mountain biking, whether it’s over slickrock or through red sand in the desert. Local outfitters can provide you with a bike, guided trail rides, and tips for every skill level.

Ride the Rivers

The Colorado and Green rivers meet in Cataract Canyon, in The Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, to create an incredible whitewater rafting experience. An expert guide can prepare you for the adventure to ensure your safety. If you prefer to enjoy the rivers at a more leisurely pace, you can book a flat-water float to take in the jaw-dropping scenery.

Day Three: Discover the Magic of Canyonlands

 Canyonlands National Park is the largest national park in Utah, and its attractions are as sprawling as its size. Before you get into the park, stop at the Newspaper Rock State Historic Monument, which is covered with ancient petroglyphs drawn by native people 2,000 years ago. Explore our guide to the best hikes in Canyonlands for more outdoor inspiration before your visit.

The Needles

Begin your Canyonlands exploration in The Needles area, with a guide or on your own in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. Along the route, you can stop at overlooks to take in the Colorado River and amazing views of Canyonlands.

Pothole Point

This unique area in Canyonlands, which you can reach via a half-mile loop trail, features depressions in the rock called potholes. Rainwater creates little ponds that are home to shrimps!

Slickrock Trail

This easy 2.4-mile round-trip hike gives you expansive, 360-degree views of the Canyonlands and La Sal Mountains beyond.

Elephant Hill Trail

The challenging four-wheel-drive tour on the Elephant Hill Trail offers magnificent views of the colorful sandstone spires that give The Needles area its name.

Day Four: Explore Island in the Sky

Island in the Sky is a mesa that rises approximately 1,000 feet above the surrounding landscape, providing extraordinary views of Canyonlands National Park. To visit this popular district, take your own 4WD vehicle or ask the Guest Services Team to arrange a guided tour. Among the highlights you want to see are:

Mesa Arch

The sandstone arch through which you can see the sun rise is a popular spot for photographers and visitors. The slickrock trail to reach it is short and easy, making it a go-to spot for Canyonlands stargazing as well. The slickrock trail to reach it is short and easy.

Grand View Point Overlook

The 1.8-mile hike to the overlook rewards you with expansive views of the mesa and the snaking canyons.

White Rim Overlook

This destination has it all: views of the Colorado River, Mountain Basin, the La Sal Mountains, and the White Rim Road — a favorite of mountain bikers.

Green River Overlook

Another popular photographers’ spot, from this overlook you can see the Green River, Soda Spring Basin, and The Maze District.

Upheaval Dome

While the landscape in Canyonlands has been formed by winds and rains, Upheaval Dome may have a different history. A current theory is that a meteorite crashed into the area 60 million years ago!

No matter what adventures you pursue, returning to ULUM Moab is the perfect end to each day. Wind down in a hot or cool dipping pool, sip locally crafted beverages, dine on delicious dinner menu items, and gaze at the star-filled sky while listening to acoustic music around the fire pit. At ULUM Moab, you’ll discover pure vacation bliss.