Archive for March, 2012

Cedar Breaks National Monument

March 30th, 2012

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

In this final segment of our three-part blog series, we’ve featured a national monument that we at the Lodge think you should visit.

Cedar Breaks National Monument is an amphitheater canyon that contains thousands of hoodoo geological formations. Designated a national monument in 1933, Cedar Breaks has since become known for its similarity with Bryce Canyon National Park, earning it the nickname “Little Bryce.” But we, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, like Cedar Breaks just as much as Bryce Canyon. If you are in the area, stop by the rim overlook. It is a fabulous panorama of the national monument and the surrounding canyons. Take the time to hike into Cedar Breaks for a more personal experience with the unique geology. Read More

Fishlake Forest

March 29th, 2012

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

In this second part of our three-part blog series, we’ve highlighted Utah’s Fishlake National Forest, located less than an hour from the Lodge at Red River Ranch.

Fishlake National Forest is one of the most beautiful forest areas in the state. It contains over 1.4 million acres of deciduous and coniferous trees, thousands of acres of prime waterfront and miles of hiking, horseback riding, and ATV trails. Fishlake National Forest is the perfect place to go fishing, hunting, or simply exploring. Fishlake National Forest gets its name from Fish Lake, the prominent body of water in the southeastern part of the forest area. If you’re looking for a starting point in Fishlake Forest, begin with Fish Lake. Read More

Grand Staircase Revisited

March 29th, 2012

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Utah has five national parks, and we love them all. But Utah also contains seven national monuments and six national forest areas. While we at the Lodge think these areas are just as worthy of your time as the national parks, many people don’t get the chance to visit them. In this three-part blog series, we’ve highlighted the top national monuments and forests that we think you should include in your vacation plans. Read More

Monument Valley and Beyond

March 28th, 2012

Education, Historical places, Travel

One of the most iconic regions of Southern Utah is Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. Monument Valley is, without question, a great place to drive through, but people seldom take the time to explore the fascinating locations nearby. This is unfortunate. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, want you to make a few stops next time you head that way. We believe it will make your trip even more enjoyable. Read More

Rock Hounding Southern Utah

March 28th, 2012

Education, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Actively searching for, and hopefully finding, precious and semi-precious gemstones is known as rock hounding. You can go rock hounding on any public land. In addition to gemstones, you can also extract reasonable amounts of invertebrate fossils and petrified wood. In many ways, rock hounding is like prospecting except that you are not allowed to sell the specimens you find without a permit. Read More