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You won't want to leave!

We invite you to come relax, and let the spectacular surroundings work their wonders at making you feel renewed. Enjoy unique and comfortable accommodations, warm hospitality, and a rustic-charming style you won't find in any other lodging in Monticello.

A quiet town of less than 2,000, Monticello makes an excellent basecamp for outdoor adventures in southeast Utah. Spend your summer days checking out local scenic drives, enjoy a game of golf, or enjoy the many beautiful designated trails for back packing, hiking, four wheeling and horseback riding in the Abajo Mountains. Mountain biking, rock climbing, canoeing, and swimming are among the many other fun activities in Monticello, Utah.

There is always something fun to do even in the winter months. Our area offers the opportunity for great cross-country skiing or snowmobiling. Wildlife is abundant in Monticello making it one of the greatest places in America to hunt. Whatever your adventure you can return at the end of the day to the relaxed and warm atmosphere at Roughlock. We look forward to your visit!


Step back in time, as you pull up to our old western town complete with a boardwalk. The Runnin' Iron Inn is the boardwalk hotel where the charm of the Old West mingles gracefully with the luxury of the modern day. The Runnin' Iron Inn offers three guest rooms -- Miss Kitty, Miss Bell, and Miss Dolly.  Each room is cozy with queen-size brass beds, patchwork quilts, private baths and pedestal sinks.

The Runnin' Iron Inn also offers two guest rooms with two queen size beds each -- Madam Roz and The Shady Lady. These rooms have their own private balcony with scenic views. Call for more details.

From your door, head downstairs into our old-west dining area for a delicious, cooked-to-order steak dinner. At the end of your day, maybe you can catch an old western movie in the well-furnished common sitting area, or just take a stroll in the beautiful wooded area, or relax on the boardwalk.

The Rusty Lillie Lodge offers a common kitchen for guests to use, as well as a wonderful common sitting room with a fireplace. This room is perfect for relaxing, reading, playing games, getting together, and researching the area. Each guest room has a log setting with Patchwork quilts with old west décor. All rooms have private entrances with heating and cooling. No cooking in rooms or cabins. Cooking allowed in lodge kitchen only.

The Rusty Lillie Lodge is the ultimate destination for families, groups, clubs, and private gatherings.


  • Roll-a-way beds (Rusty Lillie Lodge only)
  • There is a charge per night for additional persons over the age of 12.
  • Gift Certificates Available for Lodging and Dining.   

What is a Runnin Iron?

When the surrounding ranches ran their cows on the same range, called common range, the cowboys would carry a runnin’ iron. This type of branding iron was a small blade-type of metal rod that could be carried in a saddle boot. The large stamp-type branding irons were for the big roundups and branding at the main cow camps or home ranches.

The cowboys at the line camps or working on the range would carry a runnin’ iron. When the cowboy came across a cow with a clear calf, (clear calf is an non-branded calf) the cowboy would rope the calf, build a fire, heat the runnin’ iron and brand the calf with the same brand as the calf’s mother. No matter who the cow and calf belonged to, the ranchers worked together on the open range.

Well, along came the rustler. The rustler cut the line fences, pushed cows back and forth across the range to mix up the herds and would brand the clear calves with their brand. Their brand was designed so they could easily alter another ranch’s brand by using a runnin’ iron, that way they could brand the calf’s mother as well.

The rustlers were causing such a problem with the ranchers, the law had to step in. It was impossible to tell a rustler and a cowboy, so one of the laws was nobody could carry a runnin’ iron. This law is still on the books.


Mile Post 79 1/2 on Hwy 191, 8 miles north of Monticello, Utah.

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