Ofland Escalante: Exploring the Casual Luxury of Custom Cabins

Ofland Escalante, a captivating hotel project designed by ANACAPA Architecture, offers a unique retreat in the heart of Utah, United States. Blending seamlessly with the stunning natural landscape, this 17-acre destination encourages guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of the high desert plateau.

The design emphasizes a warm, casual ambiance, with custom-designed cabins featuring glass walls that invite the stunning Escalante vistas inside. Complemented by amenities like a clubhouse, pool, and spa-quality bathhouse, Ofland Escalante captures the romance of the American West, providing a modern yet authentic experience for all who seek to connect with the great outdoors.

A collection of modern, minimalist cabins with dark exterior cladding and solar panels.
Outdoor pavilion with wooden ceiling, stone steps, and rustic furniture in desert setting.
Interior with wood ceiling, beams, and table; exposed concrete walls and floor; mid-century furnishings.
A modern, minimalist bathroom design with glass shower stalls, tiled walls, and wooden benches.
Outdoor shower area with wood paneling, stone flooring, and potted plant.
Sleek, modern pool area with row of white lounge chairs and shade umbrellas against wooded backdrop.
Modern outdoor seating area with a wooden roof, black accents, and desert landscape.
Rustic modern home features exposed wood beams, metal siding, and gravel landscape.
A modern, single-story structure with a flat roof, wood siding, and large windows overlooking a natural landscape.
Modern cabins with black metal roofs and wood exteriors set against a desert landscape.

About Ofland Escalante

Ofland Escalante invites guests to immerse themselves in the captivating beauty of Utah’s untamed landscapes. Designed by the renowned ANACAPA Architecture, this unique project seamlessly blends modern convenience with the rugged charm of the American West.

A Transformative Retreat

Formerly an RV park and drive-in theater, the 17-acre (6.9-hectare) site has been meticulously transformed into a destination that celebrates the region’s natural wonders. The design team has thoughtfully crafted an environment that encourages guests to connect with the land, fostering a sense of exploration and wonder.

Harmonizing with the High Desert

The architecture and layout of Ofland Escalante reflect a deep respect for the high desert plateau. Overt luxury and flashy modernity have been intentionally avoided, replaced by a warm, inviting aesthetic that blends effortlessly with the surrounding landscape. The horizontal orientation of the buildings echoes the vast expanse of the plateau, while the use of natural materials, such as plaster, concrete, and weathering steel, creates a cohesive visual harmony.

Immersive Guest Experiences

At the heart of the project lies the 7,200-square-foot (669-square-meter) clubhouse, featuring a expansive patio that seamlessly connects the indoor and outdoor spaces. Guests can also retreat to the ten custom-designed cabins, each measuring 320 square feet (30 square meters) and boasting 11-foot (3.4-meter) ceilings and glass walls that immerse them in the breathtaking Escalante landscape.

A Diverse Range of Accommodations

In addition to the cabins, Ofland Escalante offers a variety of lodging options, including Airstream trailers and campsites, catering to the diverse needs and preferences of its guests. Shared amenities, such as the 1,400-square-foot (130-square-meter) bathhouse with heated outdoor showers, further enhance the communal and nature-centric experience.

Capturing the Spirit of the Road Trip

Ofland Escalante masterfully blends the romance of the classic American road trip with modern comforts. This high-concept, low-fi venue transports guests to a simpler time while ensuring they enjoy all the conveniences of a contemporary hotel.

Photography by Melissa Kelsey
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- by Matt Watts