Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Get Away to Remote, Peaceful, Historic Road Creek Inn

Posted: January 18, 2019 | Author: Haven Scott

Located in remote southeastern Utah, where smog is non-existent and the cry of a hawk is more likely to be heard than the whine from an ambulance, Road Creek Inn is the perfect spot for large family reunions and weddings, government and business retreats, educational seminars, or large group tours going to Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks.

Enjoy the beauty and seclusion of Wayne County and getaway to historic Road Creek Inn, Southern Utah University’s new field station and retreat destination in Loa. Located just minutes from several of Utah’s national parks, the quaint, historic hotel is also close to Fishlake National Forest, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the Fremont Indian State Park and the Anasazi State Park Museum.

“The proximity of Road Creek Inn to many of southern Utah’s natural wonders makes it an ideal place of learning for a wide myriad of disciplines,” said Patrick Clarke, Dean of the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning at SUU. “The historic hotel also offers a unique and beautiful space for large community gatherings.”

For those interested in outdoor adventure, Utah’s largest freshwater lake is only 22 miles from Road Creek Inn along with several options for hiking, biking, horseback riding and all-terrain vehicle trails. Fish Lake, known as the “gem of Utah” for their Mackinaw lake trout that grow to more than 50 pounds, is also surrounded by several smaller reservoirs for a fisherman’s paradise. Rainbow trout, tiger muskie, Splake and yellow perch are also common catches by anglers, and the area is popular for ice fishing.

Fish Lake’s oldest resident is known as the Trembling Giant, or Pando, Latin for “I spread.” Pando is a clonal colony of single male quaking aspen that shares one massive underground parent root system. Not only is Pando among the world’s oldest known living organisms, estimated to be 80,000 years old, the entity is also widely considered the heaviest known living organism on earth with an approximate weight of 13.2 million pounds.

Other can’t miss activities near Wayne County include the cinnamon rolls from the Gifford Homestead near Capitol Reef, dinner and a movie from the historic Bicknell Theater, the Wayne Stake Tabernacle and historic tithing house in Loa, breakfast from Austin’s Chuckwagon Deli in Torrey and the old schoolhouse in Fruita.

Road Creek Inn was originally built as a ZCMI Co-op in 1912 and was later called the Loa Co-op managed by Russian immigrant Isaac “Ikie” Wax from 1928-1940. The historic hotel was completely refurbished in 2012 and offers state-of-the-art amenities such as 15 guest rooms, Internet access, a sauna for relaxing after a day of hiking, in-room microwaves and refrigerators, a classroom, conference rooms and a full kitchen that can accommodate family or company excursions of up to 80 people.

Near several Utah national parks and monuments, Native American archaeology sites, and historical buildings from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints pioneers, Road Creek Inn is the perfect escape to peaceful serenity, nature and southern Utah’s majestic scenery for the outdoorsman in all of us.

The acquisition of the historic Road Creek Inn, located at 98 South Main Street, in Loa, further solidifies Southern Utah University’s title as the official “University of the Parks.” For more information on rates and reservations, visit suu.edu/wise and select “Road Creek Inn,” or call (435) 865-8259.



Contact Information:
Haven Scott
(435) 865-8031