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|

Winter Funtime List 2015

If you want to have a unique get-a-way, try going down to Southern Utah this winter. Since the tourist season pretty much ends in October, you’ll have the whole place to yourself. Southern Utah usually gets enough snow in the mountains for plenty of snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. But at lower elevations, places like Zion National Park, can stay snow-free all winter – so you can still play in the sun. […]

November 30th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Autumn Leaves and More in Zion

This time of year, which is to say, late autumn, the leaves have mostly lost their brilliant colors throughout Utah. There is, however, one place that is warm enough that the leaves don’t change until November – Zion National Park. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, think fall is the best time to visit Zion (and not just for the leaves) and here’s why: […]

October 31st, 2015|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of spectacular beauty; it has so many areas of special, natural wonder. Unfortunately, very few people get to visit these special places. In an effort to make these hidden treasures known to the public, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have created this blog series to highlight the best-unknown places of Capitol Reef. Watch for new “Special Places” posts. This post focuses on the Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail. […]

October 28th, 2015|Outdoor adventures, Special Places Report|

The Irish Canyons

One of the most compelling aspects about Southern Utah is it’s remarkable vastness. You can live your whole life in the state and still only scratch the surface of what Utah has to offer. For example did you know that 33-miles from Hanksville (a town you will definitely go through on the way to Lake Powel) is a collection of slot canyons known as the Irish Canyons? […]

October 12th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Visit the Henry Mountains

The Henry Mountains one of the most secluded mountain ranges in Southern Utah. And anyone who wants to “get away from it all” for awhile should consider doing a little mountaineering. The Henrys were the last range in America to be explored and mapped, and, consequently, the last to be named. […]

October 1st, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Being Utah residents, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch usually write about the attractions that are found in Southern Utah. But, of course, every state has its own collection of amazing locations. And since, in nature, there are no state lines, we’re adding a special section to our blog – Nearly Nearby Attractions. And this post is about Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado. […]

September 21st, 2015|Nearly Nearby Attractions, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Zion’s Top 5

This is Southern Utah. And in Southern Utah there are a lot of things that you can do. You can hike, raft, climb, go horseback riding, whatever you want to do. But the best part of coming to Southern Utah is the chance to check out the national parks. Chief among them is Zion. Here are the top 5 things to do in Zion National Park […]

September 20th, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

The 2015 Utah Hunting Season

The 2015 hunting season has arrived. Here is some info for anyone coming to Southern Utah this season. Every year the state of Utah sells 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 6th, 2015|Outdoor adventures, Wildlife|

Autumn Hiking in Capitol Reef

Today is the last day of August, which means it will soon officially be autumn. Already the nights here in Southern Utah, have a little chill to them. This is good news for outdoor enthusiasts, because fall is the best season for hiking in Capitol Reef National Park – in our opinion, at least. Here is a list of hikes that we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch think are best done in the fall. […]

August 31st, 2015|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|