Get a Room (with a View)
Amangiri Resort & SpaEven as real estate values plummet, one maxim remains as relevant as ever: It’s all about location, location, location. Take, for example, Aman Resorts’ new 34-room lodge, which claims 600 acres of limestone cliffs, spires, and bridges near Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument (doubles from $800; villasatamangiri.com). The lodge, Aman’s second in the U.S., is just 15 minutes from Page, Arizona, but it feels like a backcountry hideout. Hike the surrounding canyons with naturalist Mike Friedman, kayak Lake Powell, or detour to the Vermillion Cliffs. The Zen-chic rooms feature custom rawhide furniture, nearby fire pits, and, naturally, views.
The View HotelMoab is at it again. In May the country’s most popular and best publicized biking town will open a remarkable addition: 13 miles of loops in Dead Horse Point State Park, an area once off-limits to the public. The riding is similar to Moab’s finest—slickrock and twisty, moderate singletrack through juniper, piñon, cactus, and yucca—but the views are some of the best in the U.S. Made possible in part by a grant from (get this) a community-minded local mining company, the trails crisscross some prime real estate: the edge of a rock butte that rises 2,000 feet above the snaking Colorado River and once served as a natural corral for wranglers breaking mustangs over a century ago. Pedal past old cowboy sites but linger on until sunset, when the low sun glints off the Colorado and torches the Great Pyramid and Big Chief formations below.
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