September 2021
Sharon Sullivan
 Red Rock Bakery & Café
In the wee hours of the morning bakers are busy at Red Rock Bakery and Café, setting loaves of bread dough to rise; hand rolling bagels to bake in-house; and making cinnamon rolls and fruit scones from scratch – all to be ready by opening time at 6:30 a.m. Perfect timing for picking up a meal or snack before setting out on an early morning hike, or a good cup of coffee on your way to work. Red Rock’s coffee is brewed with organic, fair-trade beans roasted daily from Fresh Moab Coffee. “We also have really good fresh-squeezed orange juice,” as well as Naked brand juices to-go, general manager Megan Moore said.

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The breakfast menu includes bagel sandwiches such as the popular “Howard’s Special” made with egg, spicy sausage, jalapeno cream cheese, pepper-jack cheese and siracha. Or, if you prefer something less spicy there’s “Meg’s Vegie” made with eggs, cheese, homemade vegie cream cheese and vegies. Another yummy sandwich is “Bob’s Bagel, made with regular cream cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado and bacon.

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French toast, homemade granola, fruit smoothies and quiche are also on the menu.
For lunch you’ll find hearty sandwiches served on homemade multigrain, sourdough or rye bread. One of Moore’s favorites is the “Moenkopi,” made with Utah-raised turkey, provolone cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and carrots.

“We do good trail lunches – well-wrapped sandwiches that hold up well,” as well as box lunches that include a sandwich, cookie, drink, chips or fruit, Moore said. “We have a lot of people who come in for those before they hit the trail.”

Moore, 29, began working at Red Rock Bakery (which was Moab’s first Internet café) when she was 14; her dad Howard Trenholm founded the bakery in 1997. The café continues to offer free wi-fi.

She became manager a year ago, after leaving town for a while to do some traveling. Most of the Red Rock staff was born and raised in Moab – like herself, she said.

Placeholder image Red Rock Bakery is popular with both tourists and locals – some of whom are everyday customers, Moore said. And if the good food and coffee wasn’t enough reason to patronize this locally-owned business – consider this: It’s 100% solar powered via rooftop photovoltaic panels.
Red Rock Bakery and Café, 74 S. Main St., is open daily until noon or 1 p.m. – whenever the baked goods sell out. The café can be reached by calling 435-259-5941.
For more information visit: And be sure to mention you read about Red Rock Bakery in the Moab Happenings.

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