Horseshoe Canyon

Horseshoe Canyon is one of the coolest places in Utah (in our opinion, at least.) The canyon is fun to hike, but what sets it apart from other destinations in Utah is the amazing amount of rock art. It has one of the most extensive collections of American Indian petroglyphs in the state. So naturally, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch think you should check it out. […]

July 9th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Take a Hike… To Golden Throne

Capitol Reef is a fantastic place to hike. The desert scenery is breathtaking and the air is clear. And because its less well-known than other Utah parks, even the most popular hikes in Capitol Reef are uncrowded. If you want to get out and explore nature, take a hike in Capitol Reef. This week’s recommendation: Golden Throne. […]

June 9th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Red Canyon

The thing about Southern Utah is there is always more to see. For example, many people go to one or two of the national parks while visiting our state. Some people even go to all five – Zion, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands – which, as you can imagine, is a pretty good sampling of Southern Utah. But there are still many locations, each with its own wonders, left unvisited. […]

May 5th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Capitol Reef Classic 2015

This year the Capitol Reef Classic will be held on July 17th and 18th. For bicycling everywhere, this is an amazing annual event. Nothing beats the views that can be experienced touring Wayne County and Capitol Reef on bike. And besides there will be cash prizes for the winners. […]

May 1st, 2015|Entertainment, Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Valentine’s Day in Bryce Canyon 2015

Valentine’s Day can be a lot of fun. Couples get the chance to do something extra special for each other. And we at The Lodge at Red River Ranch have discovered a really cool way to have a good time this Saturday. Bryce Canyon, in conjunction with Ruby’s Inn, are having their annual Winter Festival on Valentine’s Day. […]

February 12th, 2015|Entertainment, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Three Regions (Reprised)

Capitol Reef National Park is a showcase of natural splendor. It contains massive sandstone towers, high-desert mesas, narrow canyons, and plenty of room to explore. We at the lodge have unofficially subdivided Capitol Reef into three geographical regions. There is the Main Thoroughfare area, Cathedral Valley, and the Waterpocket Fold. Here is some info on each of the sections, to help you explore it all. […]

November 14th, 2014|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

The Hunt 2014

The 2014 hunting season has arrived. Here is some info for anyone coming to Southern Utah this season. Every year the state of Utah sells or allows lotteries for a certain amount of species-specific hunting permits. The most common hunts in Southern Utah are for deer and elk. Permits for antelope, bison, bighorn sheep, and moose can also be obtained. A limited amount of once-in-a-lifetime and predatory animal permits are also awarded to a lucky few. […]

September 4th, 2014|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Wildlife|

Colors of Fall 2014

Autumn is just around the corner here in Southern Utah. September sees the aspen groves of Boulder Mountain turn golden. And if you’re anything like us, you want to get outside and see the change of the season. So to help you out, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have compiled a list of the best places to check out this fall in Southern Utah. […]

August 28th, 2014|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

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. […]

July 25th, 2014|Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

What is Rock Hounding?

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. […]

May 12th, 2014|Nature, Outdoor adventures|