Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

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

The Most Peaceful Pastime

October 31st, 2013

Nature, Wildlife

Many people enjoy hunting in the mountain regions of Southern Utah, especially at this time of year. However, even if you don’t consider yourself a huntsman, there is still an amazing way to experience nature up close. We are referring to bugling – elk calling. And, while it may sound a little strange to those who haven’t tried it before, it is one of the most peaceful hobbies in the world. Read More