We visited the incredible Red Cliffs Lodge and museum today. We wanted to check out the Cowboy Grill and make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. We waited to late, we should have called them earlier, they were already booked.
We did try one of their “cowboy” bag lunches they pack for the trail rides etc. I chose the turkey and Jerry got the ham, both came with delicious croissant rolls with sides of fruit, chips, cookies and choice of sodas. We sat by the fireplace in the lodge and enjoyed our lunch very much.
Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, surrounded by magnificent 2000 feet high cliffs, the Red Cliffs Lodge is truly a hidden treasure of the West. Inside, the lodge features dramatic 20-foot ceilings, natural wood-paneled walls, rustic log furniture and hand-finished Mexican tile floors. After lunch we visited the incredible museum.
The lodge and museum are part of Red Cliffs Ranch. The ranch was settled in the late 1800’s and has been a working ranch ever since, raising cattle and horses to this day. While cattle raising has been a major part of the ranch history, filmmaking has also been extremely important. Many films have been shot right here at Red Cliffs Ranch (formerly White’s Ranch). Displays and photos tell of the colorful cowboy life - past and present.
The museum at Red Cliffs Lodge displays a combination of early cowboy ranching and local movie memorabilia.
In the late 40s the legendary John Ford discovered the rugged beauty of Moab’s Canyonlands and filmed the 1st of many movies here. The first major motion pictures filmed in the Moab area were set on the Red Cliffs Ranch. Wagon Master, Rio Grande, Son of Chochise, Warlock, Commancheros, Cheyenne Autumn, and many more used the ranch and it’s magnificent scenery for filming. John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Ben Johnson, Rock Hudson, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Lee Marvin, Richard Widmark, James Stewart, and Richard Boone have all worked on location here at the Red Cliffs Ranch.
The museum is incredible and the price to see it all is free. Don’t miss this one if you are in the Moab area. This whole area is outstandingly beautiful. Another great day in Moab, check back later for more.