The American Bison!

We heard some exciting news this week. The American Bison – you might call it the buffalo – is about to become our national mammal, joining the Bald Eagle as a symbol of the United States. Which we think is pretty cool, considering that the bison is also the symbol for The Lodge at Red River Ranch. And we have a herd of them in our front pasture. […]

April 28th, 2016|Lodge Announcements, Nature|

Biking Utah

There are a lot of reasons to come to Utah. We’ve got the best ski resorts, five awesome national parks, lakes, mountains, rivers, and more scenery than you can experience in a lifetime. People come from all over the world to explore the natural beauty of the state – and, interestingly, one of the biggest tourism draws is bicycling. We’re not really too surprised by this fact. We have hundreds of cyclists show up every year for the Capitol Reef Classic, which takes place right in our backyard. But what most enthusiasts come to Utah to experience is hardcore, off-trail, mountain biking. And the number one spot in the state is Moab. […]

April 16th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Top 5 Hikes in Zion

It’s springtime, and that means spring fever. And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch know the best cure - Zion National Park. So back your bags and head to south to the crown jewel of Utah’s park system. To help take the guess work out of your trip, we’ve got a list of [...]

March 19th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch

On the Utah-Arizona border there is a fantastic spot known as Paria Canyon. Paria Canyon, and its most famous tributary - Buckskin Gulch - are the slot canyons to visit in Utah. If fact you've probably seen a photograph of Buckskin Gulch without knowing it. Here's why you should go to Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch: [...]

March 13th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Spring Skiing

Spring is practically here in Southern Utah, with temperatures reaching 60 degrees in Capitol Reef this week. If you’re like us, this is really good news. But, here’s the thing, we aren’t quite ready to give up on our favorite winter pastime – skiing. And fortunately we don’t have to (yet.) There’s still plenty of snow at both Eagle Point and Brian Head ski resorts. […]

February 9th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Ultimate Spring Vacation

Around this time of year, when the winter seems to have lasted just long enough, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch begin thinking of spring vacations. And we’re not the only ones. If you’re yearning for some sunshine, and can’t wait to start making plans until March or April, then check out this itinerary. It’s the ultimate week in Southern Utah! […]

January 26th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Winter Options

We’ll be honest, winter isn’t our favorite time of year. Luckily, in Southern Utah there are plenty of ways to help pass the colder months. Typically (not necessarily this year, but typically) the weather is still pretty great during the winter – so playing outside is still an option. Then, if you head into the hills, you can go snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. So while we may not love the snow as much as we love the sun, this is The Lodge at Red River Ranch’s list of winter fun choices: […]

January 15th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Wild Wild Canyonlands

The scope of the great southwest can never appreciated without seeing it in person. When you all you can see in any direction is sculpted desert, then you will know how impressive Southern Utah really is. And if you want to experience this for yourself, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch can think of no better place to visit than Canyonlands National Park. Canyonlands is the least visited national park in Utah, it is remote and, best of, spectacularly beautiful. […]

January 9th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Free Park Days 2016!

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. […]

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

Otter Creek Reservoir

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. […]

December 2nd, 2015|Nature, Travel|