Short term vacation rentals seem to be growing in popularity at an extremely fast rate these past few years, and Canyonlands Lodging has gotten in on the game in a big way in San Juan & Grand counties. Canyonlands Lodging owns and/or manages over 50 properties from Moab down to south of Blanding, which offer a great alternative to traditional hotels & motels.
There are many reasons that people may search for alternative lodging; traveling or meeting up with a large group, traveling with pets or horses, desire to cook your own meals, etc. Or in the case of my family, the NEED to be able to cook our own food due to my son’s multiple & severe food allergies. When we travel, if we’re going to be staying somewhere more than just a night or two, we MUST have accommodations with a full kitchen, so that leaves us looking for either extended stay type hotels with kitchens, or short term house or apartment rentals. Whatever people’s reasons are for seeking out short term rentals, I’m grateful that there are as many options out there as there are!
Right before Christmas Jerry Murdock, the owner of Canyonlands Lodging- took me out and gave me a tour of some of the properties they own and manage. I’ve been looking at pictures of the cabins on their website for years, but it was great to get out and take a look at them in person. They have a few new cabins and homes that have recently been added to their website too, although we couldn’t visit all of them since some were occupied the day we went out and some where already closed up for the winter. Plus, there are about 50 of them! Way too many for a one day outing! But I was totally impressed with the ones we did see, and wanted to share some of my photos on my blog…
I missed taking a photo of the large ranch style sign that marks the entrance to the property, but luckily Jerry was able to send me one to include in my write-up. Just after you pass under it, you’ll come to the sign above which will point you in the direction of whichever cabin you’re looking for.
Before we’d even reached the first cabin, we spotted a coyote in the road in front of us. It was quite a ways away, so I had to zoom in as far as I could with my camera, but it was still very exciting to see! If it was exciting to those of us who live out here and are no strangers to wild animals, I can only imagine how excited some of our visitors must be to get to see animals like this during their stay!
Our fist stop was the White Pine Cabin– a cute little 1 bedroom cabin with a loft that sleeps up to 6 people.
You’ll notice in the photos above that the cabin was fully decked out for Christmas- it turned out that all the cabins were. I’ve stayed at short term rental houses with my family many times over the holidays and it’s such a nice, and appreciated touch to have holiday decorations up when you’re away from home!
Next up was the Ranch Cabin– a 2 bedroom cabin with a loft that sleeps up to 10 people.
This cabin was occupied so I didn’t get to take any photos inside, but I’ve borrowed a few off the Canyonlands Lodging website. As you can see, it’s gorgeous. I think this might have been one of my favorites. I love the huge loft with 3 queen mattresses! I envision staying there with friends or family and letting all the kids sleep up in the loft together. How much fun would that be?!
The next cabin was the largest that we visited- the Canyon View Family Lodge, which has 3 bedrooms and sleeps up to 12 people.
One of my favorite things in the Canyon View Family Lodge, had to have been the bathroom in the master bedroom that was made to look like an outhouse!
The Canyon View Family Lodge is absolutely beautiful and has all the western touches that I know so many visitors to our area love; saddles made into wall art, log bed frames, and the outhouse bathroom in the master just to name a few!
The Africabin, which has 2 bedrooms & a spacious loft (sleeps 8 total) was another of my favorites… The clever name for this cabin is a combination of ‘Africa’ & ‘Cabin’, which is exactly what you get when you step inside! From the moment you walk in the door, you’re surrounded by authentic African art collected by the owners during the time they lived in Africa.
Step out the back door and you’ll find yourself on the covered back deck which serves as a relaxing breakfast nook overlooking the surrounding canyons and forest. And just below that is the firepit & BBQ set up and ready for an evening of relaxing around the fire and stargazing in one of the darkest places in the contiguous 48 states!
They manage way too many homes & cabins to be included in just one blog entry, but you can look at photos and details for all of them on their website. If you’re planning a visit to southeastern Utah, and are looking for alternative lodging options in the Moab, Monticello, or Blanding areas, check out the Canyonlands Lodging website and see if they have a home or cabin that meets your needs!
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