December 2015

Free Park Days 2016!

December 29th, 2015|Education, Nature, Travel|

2015 was a good year for the National Park Service, in fact, it was the 99th anniversary of the government organization. And since we remember how to count, we know that this coming year will be the 100th year anniversary of the NPS. To celebrate, they will be having 16 fee-free days to play in any and all national parks. (Get it? 2016 – 16 free days!) By comparison 2015 only had nine fee-free days, so we all get a bonus in the coming year. […]

Mesa Verde or Bust

December 10th, 2015|Education, Nearly Nearby Attractions, Travel|

Being Utah residents, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch usually write about the attractions that are found in Southern Utah. But, of course, every state has its own collection of amazing locations. And since, in nature, there are no state lines, we’re adding a special section to our blog – Nearly Nearby Attractions. And this post is about Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. […]

Otter Creek Reservoir

December 2nd, 2015|Nature, Travel|

Utah has five (count ’em, five) national parks. Which, compared to most states is a lot. And since we have these five awesome national parks, our state parks are somewhat forgotten. But that shouldn’t be the case, and if you follow our blog, you know that we like to highlight a state park that we think you should visit, and this month we’ve chosen Otter Creek State Park. […]

November 2015

Winter Funtime List 2015

November 30th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

If you want to have a unique get-a-way, try going down to Southern Utah this winter. Since the tourist season pretty much ends in October, you’ll have the whole place to yourself. Southern Utah usually gets enough snow in the mountains for plenty of snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. But at lower elevations, places like Zion National Park, can stay snow-free all winter – so you can still play in the sun. […]

Christmas at the Lodge

November 25th, 2015|Lodge Announcements, Travel|

Since Christmas is exactly a month away, we at the Lodge thought we’d offer an idea about how you can celebrate an alternate Christmas vacation. Maybe you want to get out of the cities this winter, which usually have increased levels of pollution. Maybe you want to de-commercialize the season, and give up on buying and consuming gifts. Or maybe you simply what to get some much needed sunshine. Whatever your reason is, if you are looking for a different sort of Christmas, consider spending some time with us in Southern Utah. […]

Best Heritage State Park in Utah

November 9th, 2015|Historical places, Travel|

If you’ve ever been driving along Interstate 70, just outside of Richfield, Utah, then you’ve probably seen a sign for the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it state park is located along the freeway, in Clear Creek Canyon. Although the detour might not seem worth it to you, we’re here to inform you otherwise. […]

October 2015

Autumn Leaves and More in Zion

October 31st, 2015|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

This time of year, which is to say, late autumn, the leaves have mostly lost their brilliant colors throughout Utah. There is, however, one place that is warm enough that the leaves don’t change until November – Zion National Park. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, think fall is the best time to visit Zion (and not just for the leaves) and here’s why: […]

Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail

October 28th, 2015|Outdoor adventures, Special Places Report|

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of spectacular beauty; it has so many areas of special, natural wonder. Unfortunately, very few people get to visit these special places. In an effort to make these hidden treasures known to the public, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have created this blog series to highlight the best-unknown places of Capitol Reef. Watch for new “Special Places” posts. This post focuses on the Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail. […]

The Irish Canyons

October 12th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

One of the most compelling aspects about Southern Utah is it’s remarkable vastness. You can live your whole life in the state and still only scratch the surface of what Utah has to offer. For example did you know that 33-miles from Hanksville (a town you will definitely go through on the way to Lake Powel) is a collection of slot canyons known as the Irish Canyons? […]

Visit the Henry Mountains

October 1st, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

The Henry Mountains one of the most secluded mountain ranges in Southern Utah. And anyone who wants to “get away from it all” for awhile should consider doing a little mountaineering. The Henrys were the last range in America to be explored and mapped, and, consequently, the last to be named. […]