There are very few, truly wild places left in the world today. However, here in Southern Utah, we have such a place – it is the Henry Mountain Range. The Henry’s are a tumult of harsh geological anomalies, a place of legend and myth, and collection of some of the most spectacular scenery we’ve ever seen. That’s why we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch recommend the Henry Mountains to those who want to go far off the beaten track.
The Henry Mountain Range was one of the last places to be mapped in the United States. It was once known simply as the “Unknown Mountain.” Legend and mystery surround the place. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid had a hideout in the foothills. Tales of a cursed Spanish Gold mine sparked off several gold rushes. Men were killed over silver claims, etc., etc. Today, you can relish the solitude of forgotten history as you explore the Henry Mountains.
The Henry’s are part of a two million acre public land holding. Which means, you have free range. As long as you respect the land and are clean, you can camp, hike, climb and sightsee anywhere you want. (There are three designated campgrounds if you prefer to stay at these.) The variance of the landscape and wildlife in the Henry Mountains is great. From lowland desert to alpine hills, from mountain lions to roaming American Bison, the Henry’s are loaded with adventure.
We encourage those who plan on spending time in the Henry Mountain’s to follow basic backcountry safety. Use vehicles that are in good repair, check road conditions, carry plenty of extra water and make sure somebody knows where you are and when you’re coming back. The biggest attraction of the Henry’s is also its biggest hazard: isolation. It’s important that you plan ahead.
We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love the Henry Mountain Range. You will too. Take the challenge; go explore one of the last real wild places.