Canyonlands Half MarathonThe first Canyonlands Half Marathon was May 1, 1976 had just 22 finishers (one being a dog!). Thousands of runners come together every March to enjoy the scenic red rock formations and winding Colorado River that Moab has come to be known for. Canyonlands Half Marathon was named by Runners World UK, in their article "The World's Greatest Races,"  in the July 2018 issue. Add this one to your marathon bucket list!

To register for the Canyonlands Half Marathon, visit Mad Moose Events. You can get race information such as time limits and road closures on their official website.

There are five aid stations along the course that include

  • Water
  • Gatorade
  • Port-a-Potties.  

 Medical staff are stationed along the course and at the finish line.

Once you have completed the marathon (or went as far as you could go), rest easy at River Rock Inn nearby. We have luxurious pillow top mattresses, soft, fluffy pillows, and warm robes to relax in. Rooms sell out quickly so reserve your room before the event.


2012 Tucson Gem Mineral ShowThis three-day-long festival features guest speakers, field trips and a pop-up market for rounding out your collection of unique and rare finds.

Vendors and artists from near and far will be selling mineral specimens, jewelry, polished stones, and much more at the Rock and Mineral Pop-up Market in front of the John Wesley Powell Museum. There will also be concessions and educational booths from BLM and Utah Friends of Paleontology.

Hosted at the John Wesley Powell Museum
1765 Main St
Green River, UT 84525

For more information about the Rock & Mineral Festival, visit the Green River Rocks website

River Rock Inn is just a few steps away from the John Wesley Powell Museum. Our American-West themed rooms will help you dream about the local rocks and minerals. Rooms fill quickly! Book your reservation now.

Melon floatSeptember 16th & 17th, 2022

Green River, Southeastern Utah’s prime melon-growing spot, is renowned as the home of the world’s best melons. Melons like sandy soil and desert climates and Green River has both in heavy supply, resulting in a happier, sweeter melon. While Green River has over 100 years of melon-growing experience starting with J.H. "Melon" Brown experimenting with his first crop, peaches were Green River’s calling card until a deep freeze in 1919 killed most of the peach trees. The farmers who stayed removed their dead trees and turned their efforts towards growing cantaloupes.

Green River has had annual celebrations of the locally grown fruit since 1906. Now called “Melon Days,” the town has its annual celebration of its most famous export every third weekend of September. During this special time of year, truckloads of watermelons are cut up and given away to festival-goers courtesy of long time melon growing families, square dancers dance into the night, and Green River’s own come back to reunite with friends and family. In the recent past, at least 3,000 festival-goers have been in attendance for the Melon Days Parade and are treated to the sounds of neighboring town marching bands, the sight of creative floats made by local clubs or aspiring politicians, and a glimpse of local celebrities like the Melon Queen or the giant watermelon on wheels. The heart of the festival is the park, where one can visit concession stands and craft vendors, listen to live music, or most importantly, revel in the free watermelon slices donated by melon farmers. (source)

For more information about Green River, Utah's Melon Days, visit the official Melon Days website:

Get a front row seat at the parade by staying at the River Rock Inn! The parade route goes passed the hotel, so there is no better place to stay during Melon Days than the River Rock Inn. Book your room now!

Thelma and Louise Half MarathonPresenting the best girls-weekend: The Thelma and Louise Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and Marathon Relay. Bring your best girl friends to Moab, and experience the remoteness of Moab's Behind the Rocks area. See the towering red rock walls of Lone Rock, believed to have been used for religious ceremonies by the Ancestral Pueblo people; their ceremonies worshiped their "mother deity." Catch views of the maze of fins in the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Area and the stunning La Sal Mountains at this women's only event. A new challenging course has been designed, rugged and tough enough to be worthy of the name "Thelma and Louise."

What better way to make it the best girls trip than to book a room at the luxurious, American Western themed River Rock Inn. With fresh breakfast and lattes in the morning, and campfire stories at night, there’s no better place to stay. Book your room today.

For more information about the marathon or registration, visit Mad Moose Events.

Skinny Tire Events LaSal Loop RdMoab contains some of the best road biking in the world. There are hundreds of miles of paved roads in and out of the world-class scenery that is known by every adventure seeker globally. This 4-day cycling event is full of amazing scenery and bucket-list-worthy routes. Cycle along the mighty Colorado River, through Arches National Park, and up to Dead Horse Point State Park. A 2-day option is also available, and all skill levels are welcome.

This 4-day festival rides the best of the best:

  • Arches National Park
  • Along the mighty Colorado River
  • Dead Horse Point State Park and back.

The Skinny Tire Festival isn't just about riding bikes. It's about saving lives. A portion from every registration is donated to the Moab Cancer Treatment Center.

To learn about the locations and routes of the festival, visit the Skinny Tire Events website.

Enjoy a hot breakfast before the long journey at River Rock Inn. Our freshly made breakfasts are made specifically for you every morning when you stay with us. To give you that extra boost of energy, enjoy a latte or coffee before your trip. Reserve your room now before rooms sell out.

Moab Behind the RocksBehind the Rocks Ultra starts and finishes at the Behind the Rocks Trail, along the border of the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. Moab's last hidden gem; its tall standing Navajo Sandstone domes and fins can be seen from many places along the course. This course traverses some remote trails and gives you the opportunity to enjoy the desert solitude. From smooth double track, to sandy washes, to technical doubletrack, to challenging singletrack, Behind the Rocks Ultra will test you mentally and physically. While the 30K can give a runner an introduction to Moab trail running, the 50 Mile course is among our most challenging events. It includes some technical down climbs and rim running that offer amazing views of arches and rock formations. The finish line is nestled just below the La Sal Mountain range. A great place to enjoy with a great community! Bring your cooler stocked with your favorite post race drinks and stay for the fun!

Visit the Mad Moose Events website for packet pickup information and other marathon details.

Reserve your room at River Rock Inn so you are well rested before the marathon, and you can rest your tired muscles after. Our pillow top mattresses, Egyptian Cotton bedding and hot showers will soothe even the tightest muscle. Enjoy a complimentary full breakfast each morning of your stay.

Easter Jeep Safari

Easter Jeep Safari consists of day long trip trail rides departing from Moab Utah over a 9 day event. The official event is hosted by the Red Rock 4-Wheelers, the oldest four wheel drive club in Moab. Participants provide their own four wheel drive vehicle and bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages for the trip. Suggested essentials include plenty of water, sun protection, and layered clothing in case of changing weather circumstances.

There are no restrictions as to what type, make, or model of vehicle you can use. High ground clearance and 2 speed transfer cases are expected in your vehicle. NO ATV's or UTV's permitted.

Vehicle safety equipment is extremely important. It is essential that participants stay on the designated routes (as well as everyone enjoying the backcountry near Moab Utah), and that some basic rules are followed. By signing the registration, be sure to read that you agree to these conditions. For more information and to read the rules, visit the Red Rock 4-Wheelers website

We know you're looking for a hotel with the perfect combination of comfort and style. You'll feel like you're in the lap of luxury with our inviting Western-themed rooms. All are outfitted for comfort, featuring accent pieces that honor an Americana theme alongside contemporary amenities like pillow-top mattresses and triple-layer sheeting surrounded by pillows! 

With comfortable reading chairs, plush bath towels, laptop tables for the beds, Tea Tree bath products that keep you feeling fresh throughout the day, and private showers, we've got everything you need to unwind. Reserve your room so you are ready to hit the trails!

Fruita Desert Rats Festival Foot RaceEnjoy a weekend of fun and running on the world class trails near Fruita, Colorado. The weekend starts Friday night with packet pickup and a food truck dinner hangout. Saturday is the trail marathon and 50K, followed that night with an outdoor racer party at the Fruita Community Center. Sunday’s events include a 10K, half marathon, kids’ races and a finish line Easter brunch party. Friends and family are welcome at all events and participants are offered a special rate at our host hotel the Fruita Super 8. All of the distances sell out every year, so get in early. To learn more about the races or to register, visit the Gemini Adventures! website.

River Rock Inn is only a short drive from this event. Rest easy during your trip in our comfortable pillow top beds and soft, cozy pillows. Reserve your stay with us.