Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Utahopian Dictionary – Update

There are so many things to do and see in Southern Utah. So to help you sort through everything, we brainstormed and came up with The Utahopian Dictionary: an A to Z guide to Southern Utah. While this doesn’t provide a total list of the things you might discover, we hope it helps spark your imagination. Read More

What is Rock Hounding?

May 12th, 2014

Nature, Outdoor adventures

Searching for and finding, precious and semi-precious gemstones is known as rock hounding. You can often go rock hounding on almost any public land (some national parks limit what you can remove.) 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. Rock hounding can be a fun activity to share with family and friends. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, have compiled a short list of the top places people go rock hounding in Southern Utah. Read More

Petrified Forests of Southern Utah

May 8th, 2014

Nature, Outdoor adventures

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

Dinosaur Themed Vacation

April 7th, 2014

Education, Nature

Utah has many great features – most notably it’s scenery. There is, however, a rather unique aspect of Utah that many visitors overlook. We are, of course, talking about dinosaurs. The state has become famous for its abundance of dinosaur fossils. With that in mind, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have gathered some information for creating a dinosaur themed vacation. Check out these locations: Read More

Zion in the Spring

March 20th, 2014

Nature, Travel

Today is the first day of spring – hooray! We at the Lodge love this season, perhaps most of all. The renewed sense of life and the welcome return of longer, sunnier days makes us feel great. And the only way (we’ve checked, it is the only way) to truly celebrate spring is to get out and play outside. Nowhere in Utah is so inviting as the national parks – and Zion in particular. Read More