Erosion is a force so powerful that it can literally move mountains. It also exercises a strong pull on the human brain, creating structures so beautiful and awe-inspiring as to boggle the mind. The canyons, arches, hoodoos, caves, cliffs, and buttes of Utah are some of the impactful manifestations of the magnificent power of wind and water to shape Earth and leave people breathless.
Moab is the launching pad for many a Utah adventure. Situated on the banks of the Colorado, the river responsible for the creation of so many of Utah’s incredible sights, it is a great location to stay for those wishing to explore some of the state’s most wonderful areas. The small town of 5,000 people is directly south of Arches National Park and a few dozen miles northeast of Canyonlands National Park.
Despite its size, Moab is a hub for unforgettable outdoor adventures. It is within a couple of hours’ drive of many of the state’s greatest treasures — not only Arches and Canyonlands but Goblin Valley, Capitol Reef, and so much more.
Moab is also host to a large selection of outdoor adventure companies. If you plan to do more than just drive through the desert to the area’s various wonders, Moab, with its rafting companies, skydiving, bike rentals, and more, is the place to be.
We’ve selected 12 incredible Vrbo house rentals near Moab, chosen for their beauty, comfortableness, and ease of access to Arches and other incredible beauty spots.
Located on a country road a few miles northwest of Moab and 10 minutes from the main entrance to Arches, this delightfully isolated home is a gateway to the solitary joys of desert life. There are beautiful views in every direction. Sit on the deck and discover which way the desert calls you.
Great for a family or small group, the home has a king room, a queen room, and a room with two sets of bunk beds. Isolated but within minutes of Moab, Arches, and Canyonlands, the location really is unbeatable.
A large group can scarcely do better than this pretty adobe home just off Main Street. It’s an easy walk to many of the town’s restaurants, bars, and grocery stores. The local brewery is just a few minutes away for those looking to wet their whistle in this desert oasis.
The 3,400-square-foot home has two king bedrooms, a bedroom with two queens, and a fourth with one double and one single bed. There’s room for four more in the twin bunk beds found in the basement rec room. The spacious outdoor area has a private hot tub, grill, and more, making it perfect for a large family vacation.
With hikes aplenty, abundant wildlife, beautiful mesas all around, and the Colorado River just a 5-minute walk from your front door, this isolated lodge is an incredible base for experiencing Utah. Relax on the beach or paddle out in a complimentary kayak — there are so many possibilities even without leaving the property.
Though the location and amazing views are definitely the selling points here, the lodge itself is comfortable. Highly recommended for couples looking to have some alone time in the desert.
A few blocks west of Main Street, this dog-friendly condo offers a welcome respite from the desert sun. Relax around the community swimming pool or whip up a meal in the spacious kitchen. Great for a family keen to explore, the home has three bunk beds across two bedrooms and two king bedrooms for the adults.
Make use of the free bikes to head on over to the local wetlands reserve and enjoy a walk on its short but scenic trails.
A 15-minute drive south of Moab, this rustic lodge is a great place for a couple to check in and catch some shade in the lonely desert. The area hosts six other cabins, which all share a communal pool. For those keen on wilder waters, the Pack Creek flows directly behind the building.
Admire the beautiful wood paneling while you plan tomorrow’s adventure. The building has a pioneer feel but modern kitchen and bathroom amenities. This more southerly location means easier access to Canyonlands, but Arches is still just 15 miles away. Dogs are welcome, as are additional guests (there’s a twin bed stashed away and a fold-out sofa).
Another great option for those that find that the middle of nowhere is somewhere they want to be, this new cabin near La Sal is a dream desert getaway. Forty miles of desert highway separate La Sal (population 339) from Moab and Arches. This means easier access to the southern (and superior) entrance to Canyonlands.
The freshly-built cabin has high ceilings, a spacious kitchen, and room to sleep eight. If your stay is a long one, definitely consider making the 2-hour journey to Mesa Verde, Colorado, after you’ve seen Utah’s parks. The ruins there are an unforgettable testament to the ancient Puebloan civilization.
There are good reasons why glamping (glamorous camping) has become so popular — it’s all due to the unique and memorable experiences visitors get at places like this incredible glamping site. Staying at this ranch allows visitors to sleep in a beautiful red rock canyon. All of the joys of camping with none of the fuss or discomfort.
The tent (furnished with two comfortable beds) is nestled against the canyon wall, the bathroom built directly into the rock. Wander around 80 acres of desert outdoor space or make the short trip north to Moab and the parks.
Richly decorated according to authentic Southwestern design practice, this Moab condo is a homey place to be based during your Utah adventure. From the hardwood floors and granite countertops to the Navajo rugs and upholstery, it is a modest yet beautiful desert gem. The building has a king and two queen bedrooms, making it ideal for a small family or group of couples. It’s in southern Moab, half a mile from the golf course and about 10 miles from Arches.
Another prime example of Southwestern architecture and design, this Moab home offers comfort and access to all the area’s unforgettable attractions. Located on an RV resort in northern Moab, the property has a heated swimming pool, hot tub, and gym available for guests.
Each of the three bedrooms boasts a luxurious bathroom with large walk-in showers. Granite countertops and beautiful wooden furnishings make the kitchen quite comfortable as well.
Whether you’re planning a trip with the extended family or a large group of friends, this stylish home is a great base for exploring Moab and its breathtaking environs.
Each of the five queen bedrooms has an ensuite bathroom to ensure your privacy and comfort. There’s plenty of room for a fine meal served up on the granite countertops of the modern kitchen. The property shares a swimming pool with the small hotel next door. Pick up a flakey treat, coffee, or gelato at the much-loved coffee shop just down the street.
This freestanding home in downtown Moab is a prize for any large group coming to town. It is perfectly situated between the busy blocks of Main Street and the quieter pleasures of the Mill Creek.
Walk down the serene creek or head up the road to visit one of Moab’s many delightful restaurants and cafes. The local diner is great for breakfast — or breakfast for dinner. The house has a king bedroom, a queen, a double, and a kids’ room with three bunk beds. What’s not to love?
An owner-operated residence on the northern edge of Moab, this suburban home is a rare find indeed. Enjoy the high ceilings in the modern living room or, if yours is a big brood, nestle up in the five-bedded loft. The development features a private park, complete with a spring-fed pond and wading stream.
The kitchen isn’t just “full” — it has a pressure cooker, blender, rice maker, and more. With all the space and appliances, keeping your family fed will be no sweat (save the sweating for your visit to Arches!).
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