Archive for the ‘Nature’ Category

Spring Break In Southern Utah

March 18th, 2013

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Spring has arrived in Southern Utah! As much as we love the other seasons, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch especially love springtime. The weather is pleasant and hiking possibilities are virtually unlimited. The birds have returned and the desert flowers are about to bloom. And of course, schools across the nation are out for spring break. We think spending a week in Southern Utah is the perfect spring break vacation. 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

Spring is in the Air

February 28th, 2013

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

Spring is almost here! And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch are just as excited as you are about it. For us, one of the best parts of spring is the chance to get outside. In Southern Utah the weather is mild, and the sun is staying in the sky longer ever day. If you can get away for a few days, here are some places that we suggest visiting this spring: 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

The Artist in Capitol Reef

February 5th, 2013

Nature, Outdoor adventures

If art is your thing, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have a suggestion for you. Take a photo or painting tour of Capitol Reef National Park. The park is a spectacular collection of sandstone folded and shaped by nature. The combination of subject and light makes this area a haven for artists. For those wishing to convey the canyon and desert landscape in canvas or print, Capitol Reef has endless opportunities.

While the whole of Capitol Reef National Park is definitely art-worthy, we at the Lodge have compiled a list of some of the best sites in the park to shoot or paint. In addition to the obvious beauty, these locations have the added benefit of not being over photographed – unlike Zion National Park. Check these places out. Read More