Dead Horse

Utah has a plethora of state parks. And one of the best – and least visited – is Dead Horse State Park. This park offers a fantastic view of the high desert near Moab, of the Colorado River, and of Canyonlands National Park. Dead Horse State Park has impressive canyon walls that rise 2,000 feet from the canyon floor. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch recommend that you check out Dead Horse State Park the next time you get the chance. […]

March 2nd, 2013|Historical places, Travel|

Visit the Petrified Forest

There are many wonderful places to visit in Southern Utah. Some are well known – such as Zion National Park – and some are local secrets. One of the places that most tourists never visit is Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. The Petrified Forest Located near the town of Escalante, in Garfield County. It encompasses 1,300 acres of Southern Utah desert and offers the visitor a chance to explore ancient fossils, both from pant and animals – including dinosaurs. […]

February 20th, 2013|Education, Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Ghost Towns of the Old West

The Lodge at Red River Ranch is situated in a land of legend. Before all of us, this part of Southern Utah has been the home of American Indian tribes, pioneers, prospectors, and outlaws. Throughout the time of the Old West, harsh conditions often forced these residents to abandon their communities. Evidence of this is seen in the ghost towns that remain throughout Southern Utah. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch really like visiting ghost towns; we think you will too. Check out these locations: […]

January 25th, 2013|Historical places, Travel|

National Parks Outside of Utah

Utah has five amazing national parks, seven national monuments and numerous state parks. But in addition to its impressive array of public lands, Utah is also a gateway for several national parks in the surrounding states. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch thought we’d provide some information on these parks in case you want to include them in your Utah national park vacation. […]

October 15th, 2012|Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Rafting the San Juan

There are few things as fun as a whitewater expedition. And there are few rivers as fun as Utah rivers. Whatever type of rafting you prefer, you will find it in Utah. One of the rivers that we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch recommend is the San Juan River. Here’s a bit of information to wet your appetite for whitewater rafting. […]

October 1st, 2012|Education, Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park is one of Utah’s best desert playgrounds. It is a perfect place to explore all year long. Goblin Valley offers scenery and recreation for the whole family. The Lodge at Red River Ranch wants to invite you to check out this amazing state park. […]

September 28th, 2012|Historical places, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

A Quick Look at Cove Fort

Cove Fort provides a glimpse into the lives of early pioneers; it preserves the history of the time period. As the early Mormon settlers moved into the Salt Lake valley, the then president of their church, Brigham Young, encouraged the colonization of the surrounding regions. Thus, Mormon pioneers founded most of the towns and cities in Utah. As the settlers spread throughout the area, relations with the local American Indians became strained. In 1867 Brigham Young asked Ira Hinckley to construct a fort by Cove Creek. […]

September 22nd, 2012|Education, Historical places|

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

Utah has come to be defined by its pioneer heritage, incredible ski slopes, and desert geology. But it also takes its place among the foremost pre-historical sites in the nation. Paleontology is the branch of science that deals with (and excavates) fossils. And Utah is a paleontologist’s playground. The most spectacular fossils are, without a doubt, dinosaur remains. Utah has some amazing dinosaur dig sites – including the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. […]

August 22nd, 2012|Education, Historical places, Nature|

Lake Powell Revisited

Summers in Southern Utah can become blisteringly hot. The best cure for an Utahan heat wave is 186-miles of water. We are, of course, talking about Lake Powell. Located on the Utah/Arizona border, Lake Powell is one of the best water recreation sites in either state. If you plan to visit Southern Utah this summer, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch recommend a splash in Lake Powell to cool off. […]

August 21st, 2012|Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Happy Birthday Capitol Reef!

Capitol Reef National Park will celebrate 75 years of conservation this August. In 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt declared the Capitol Reef area a national monument. President Nixon subsequently changed the monument’s status to a national park in 1971. Since that time, Capitol Reef has welcomed millions of visitors to explore its beauty and its wonder. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch invite you to come celebrate Capitol Reef’s 75th birthday with us this August. […]

July 14th, 2012|Education, Historical places, Nature, Travel|