The best spots for dining around Arches National Park
IN THE PARK
Arches Visitor Center. Potable water and a very small selection of snacks. Arches Entrance Rd.; nps.gov/arch or 435/719-2299.
OUTSIDE THE PARK
Red Cliffs Lodge Cowboy Grill/Castle Creek Winery. The steak and fresh seafood here have to be superb to tear attention away from the views of Fisher Towers, the Colorado River, and the surrounding red rock cliffs. The Grill serves the award-winning wines of neighboring Castle Creek Winery, made from locally grown grapes. The winery does daily tastings in its tasting room. Milepost 14, Highway 128; redcliffslodge.com or 866/812-2002.
Desert Bistro. Creative, consistent fine dining in a cozy home. 36 South 100 West; desertbistro.com or 435/259-0756.
Sweet Cravings Bakery & Bistro. Sandwiches, cookies, bars, brownies, pies, and cakes from here make the perfect meal to take with you into Arches. N. Main St.; cravemoab.com or 435/259-8983.
Red Rock Bakery & Café. Locals flock here for supersize bagel sandwiches, espresso drinks, and sweet and savory cinnamon rolls. 74 S. Main St.; 435/259-5941.
Eklecticafé. Snag a seat on the sunny patio and make yourself at home. It’ll take a while to get through the one-pound breakfast burrito. Breakfast served all day, along with sammies at lunch. 352 N. Main St.; 435/259-6896.
Twisted Sista’s Café. Affordable yet exotic lunch, dinner, and tapas in a colorful downtown spot. 11 East 100 North; twistedsistascafe.com or 435/355-0088.
Moab Brewery. The only brewery is town is most famous for its Dead Horse Ale but wash down a burger, salad, pasta, or BBQ here with a session beer instead. 686 S. Main St.; themoabbrewery.com or 435/259-6333.
Moonflower Community Co-op. Natural grocer with pre-made sandwiches and salads and bulk foods. House-made hummus. 39 East 100 North; moonflower.coop or 435/259-5712.