Spring has arrived in Southern Utah. As much as we love the other seasons, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch especially love springtime. The weather is pleasant and hiking possibilities are almost unlimited. The birds are returning and the desert flowers are about to bloom. And of course, schools across the nation are out for spring break. We think spending a week in Southern Utah is the perfect spring break vacation. To prove how much fun you can fit into a week we created a flexible itinerary of Southern Utah destinations for you to visit. The plan uses the Lodge as a base camp. Try some, or all of these suggestions to make your own unique vacation. We’re sure you’ll have a great spring break.
Day 1: Arrival – Plan on a day to get here. Depending on where and when you leave, the trip to the Lodge at Red River Ranch may take some time. We suggest flying into Las Vegas and driving north or flying into Salt Lake and driving south. Find detailed directions here.
Day 2: Welcome to Wayne – Wayne County has an incredibly vast amount of scenery that you should explore. We suggest you spend the first day in Capitol Reef National Park. Capitol Reef is our all time favorite park in Utah and it will never stop amazing us. Take the time to hike one of the longer routes in the park. Try Cassidy Arch, Grand Wash, or The Castle.
Day 3: Don’t Leave Town Until You’ve Seen the County – So you liked Capitol Reef? Good. Before you pack off to Zion, remember that most of Capitol Reef is relatively unvisited, and “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.” We suggest that on your third day here you re-enter Capitol Reef, but this time, go north or south. The northern portion of the park is called, collectively, Cathedral Valley. This is high desert country, and provides amazing views of Thousand Lake Mountain. If you go north, hike Temple of the Sun. If you want to go south, into the Waterpocket Fold region, you will be rewarded with narrows, canyons, and up-close views of the Henry Mountain Range. If you go south, hike Upper Muley Twist, or drive the Burr Trail.
Day 4: Choices, Choices, So Many Choices – Day four is a wildcard. Do you head south to Natural Bridges National Monument and Lake Powell, do you head west to Goblin Valley and Arches National Park, or head north to the San Rafael Swell? It depends on what you’re in the mood for. More hiking, a little boating, or off-road vehicle fun. Talk to us at the Lodge at Red River Ranch about what you want to do, and we’ll help you figure it out.
Day 5: Another National Park – Since you are in Utah, we suggest that you take the time to visit one of our other national parks. We are particularly fond of rafting in Canyonlands National Park, but we’ll let you pick. Just be home for supper!
Day 6: Last Day for Fun – We think a fun, refreshing hike is a great final day activity. Everybody loves Calf Creek, and we want you to experience it. Hike in the creek to the fantastic lower falls. Cliff jumping anyone? Push on to Upper Calf Creek Falls, and take in the majesty of the desert. We hope you come back tired but happy.
Day 7: Departure – We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have enjoyed your company, but you’ve got to head home. However, we know once you’ve had a taste of Southern Utah, you’ll never be satisfied. We pretty sure we’ll see you again soon. Until then, happy trails.