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|

Petrified Forests of Southern Utah

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. […]

May 8th, 2014|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Dinosaur Themed Vacation

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: […]

April 7th, 2014|Education, Nature|

Zion in the Spring

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. […]

March 20th, 2014|Nature, Travel|

The Most Peaceful Pastime

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. […]

October 31st, 2013|Nature, Wildlife|

The Five – Capitol Reef

This fall is the perfect time to explore some (or preferably all) of Utah’s five national parks. They’ll be less crowded and cooler. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have decided to help motivate you. In this five-part mini-series blog we will focus on the best ways to explore these parks. We start, quite naturally, with Capitol Reef National Park. (It is our favorite.) […]

September 6th, 2013|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Fall Colors 2013

September marks the beginning of autumn in the higher elevation regions of Southern Utah – places like Capitol Reef and Boulder Mountain. If you’re anything like us, fall stirs your blood and makes you want to get outside. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have compiled a list of the best places to check out this fall in Southern Utah. Bring a jacket and come see the autumn leaves. […]

August 28th, 2013|Nature, Travel|