At the GC north rim, be sure and ride out to cape royale.
If you want a relatively inexpensive room in Moab, look up the Kokopelli Lodge. It's right in the middle of town but a block off Main Street so it's quiet. Its funky but not trashy. Around $75.
On hwy 12 between Escalante and Boulder, about a mile west of where the road crosses the Escalante river, is the Kiva Koffeehouse. Its out in the middle of nowhere overlooking the river canyon. Be sure and stop for a meal or even just a coffee break. They have two cottages for rent too. The most gorgeous and peaceful dining experience in Utah!