Posts Tagged ‘Moab’

Utah Scenery – a Glimpse

March 2nd, 2013 by BBIU

Canyonlands Maze District taken as seen from the Wall Campsite

When seeking tranquility and backcountry solitude, a visitor to Utah will not be disappointed with a trip into Canyonlands National Park. The Park is divided into three sections by the rivers, which are features in themselves. The Sky, Needles, and Maze Districts are each primitive desert lands, but each have different opportunities for adventure. This image is taken from the Wall Campground in the Maze District and may be reached by back-country vehicle .


Landscape Arch in Arches National Park, Moab, UTLandscape Arch, at 290 feet long, is known as the longest natural arch in the world. It is located in the Devils’ Garden area of Arches National Park, just 5 miles north of Moab. The trailhead for Landscape Arch is about 16 miles from the park entry. From the parking lot, it is a one-mile hike to the arch.

The thinnest section of Landscape Arch is just 6 feet thick. Since 1991, three slabs of sandstone measuring 30, 47, and 70 feet long have fallen from the thinnest section the arch, closing the trail that had run under the span. Of any of the several thousand arches within and near the park, Landscape Arch is one not to miss. For who knows? it may not be gone today, next week, next year, or it may stand for hundreds more years.

PIctures are provided by Jim Traeber and The Cali Cochitta Bed & Breakfast in Moab, a Member Inn of The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah.

March Madness Moab Style

February 16th, 2013 by BBIU

Moab Slickrock TrailMarch is the time of year when Moab, UT begins to reawaken from winter’s cold and cloudy weather.  The month is full of events to satisfy most any outdoorman’s desire.  The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah  has several inspected and approved Member Inns in the Moab area.  They book quickly for these events, so make your lodging plans early.  Try the Sunflower Hill and Cali Cochitta inns in Moab, and The Castle Valley Inn in nearby Castle Valley.

From the DiscoverMoab‘s 2013  event calendar:

Mar 1-3

Poison Spider Bicycles Spring Thaw – A fun, long weekend with demo bikes, women’s ride, shuttles, frame giveaway and guided group rides on the Bar-M and the Mag 7 Trails. Food and parties included for $40. Preregister for free t-shirt! For more info visit or call 435-259-7882.

Mar.  9-12

Moab Skinny Tire Festival – Four days of spectacular road cycling to Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park and along the Colorado River Corridor. This thirteenth annual event inspires those living with cancer and benefits various research and survivorship programs. For more info visit or call 435-260-8889.

Mar 15-16

Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile Run
Join us for the 38th annual Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile Run! The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, awards, raffle and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. For more info visit or call 435-259-4525.

Mar  23-24

Moab 100 & 50K – The races are held on the beautiful and rugged Monitor and Merrimac trail, 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37 mile laps with approx. 11,000′ of climbing for the entire 100 miles, and 3,500′ for the 50K. Hot food is available during the cool night, as well as other necessities at Base Camp. Placers and finisher’s awards will be given! For more info visit or call 303-249-1112.

24 Hours of Utah Endurance Races – This year’s races (6 Hour Nighttime Fun Run, 12-Hour, Team Relays, and Solo Challenge) will be run on the beautiful Monitor and Merrimac trail 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37-mile laps with approximately 606′ of climbing per loop. Hot food will be available during the cool night and there will be an unmanned water station approximately halfway through the loop to help runners enjoy the rugged trails and view the beautiful canyons below. Camping is available at the Base Camp area and there will be placer medals given! For more info visit or call 303-249-1112.

Mar 23-31

2013 Moab Easter JeFins and Thingsep Safari

Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout this week long event. The Red Rock 4-Wheelers of Moab officially runs approximately 9 different trails every day, with “Big Saturday” culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening – around 30 groups line up in down town Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails! For more info visit Note: This massive week-long event is one of the largest events of the year for Moab. Please make your lodging reservations as early as possible!

Also, for those of you who are NOT “outdoors-folk”, make it long weekend by visiting:

Quilting in the Red Rocks Quilt Show March 9 & 10- Hundreds of quilts and quilted items will be on display. Classes, quilt appraisals, merchants mall, door prizes and tickets for winning our opportunity quilt. The Grand Center (182 N 500 W) – Sat, 9-5; Sun, 10-4 – Free admission! For more info visit or call 435-259-6447.

And March 11,Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – The year’s best films on Mountain Sports, Culture, and Adventure. For more info visit or call 435-259-4859.

Castle Valley Inn’s Apple Spice Pancakes

January 20th, 2013 by BBIU


The Castle Valley Inn, off Scenic Highway #128 near Moab has an orchard on our grounds that provides a bounty we use to its fullest.  This recipe is a favorite with guests – even those who are not breakfast “lovers”.

Jeanette and Jason Graham,  Innkeepers


This recipe serves 6

2 cups, peeled and cored, slices of fresh apples from our orchard
¼ cup butter or canola oil
½ cup brown sugar
2 tsps cinnamon
½ cup toasted pecans or pine nuts

Krusteze Honey Wheat Pancake Mix

Real maple syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm maple syrup in a pan of hot water. Preheat griddle to 350 degrees. Sauté slices of apple in butter until they become fragrant. Add brown sugar and cinnamon. Gently turn to mix all ingredients then simmer until sugar has melted. Keep warm.

Sprinkle nuts on a flat pan and bake for 3-5 minutes until lightly browned. (It is very easy to burn nuts.)

Mix enough pancake batter for 18 pancakes. On hot griddle pour 6, 4 inch pancakes. Cook until bubbles appear on the uncooked side, then flip and finish cooking. Arrange 3 pancakes on a heated plate. Arrange 1/3 cup cooked apples on top of the pancakes in the same direction, sprinkle with nuts. Serve with warm syrup and butter.

CVI orchard in springThis breakfast has been a favorite at the Castle Valley Inn for many years. Even our guests who prefer not to eat breakfast often find this breakfast too hard to pass up.

During late June when our apricots are fresh from our orchard we substitute them for apples, and in August we might substitute our fresh plums.

The Castle Valley inn is an inspected and approved Member Inn of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah

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