Archive for the ‘Historical places’ Category

Butch Cassidy and Hideout Country

This part of Southern Utah was infamous during the Old West. Butch Cassidy frequented the high desert country of Wayne County, hiding out in places like Little Crazy Horse Canyon and Robber’s Roost. Even today these places are relatively unvisited and they continue to reinforce a strong (even mythical) connection to the past. Read More

A Brief History of the NPS in Utah

March 15th, 2013

Education, Historical places, Nature

Utah is lucky to have so many national parks. In addition to the obvious conservation benefits, these parks provide recreation and additional income for many people. The history of the National Park Service – which today oversees nearly 450 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas – is quite fascinating. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch thought we’d share a few of the highlights, especially about the formation of Utah’s National Parks. Read More

Dead Horse

March 2nd, 2013

Historical places, Travel

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. Read More

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. Read More

Ghost Towns of the Old West

January 25th, 2013

Historical places, Travel

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: Read More