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|

Fisher Towers

If you’re headed to Moab this spring (and why wouldn’t you be?) we’ve got a suggestion to make your trip even better. Go hike Fisher Towers trail, and, if you’re up for it, do some serious rock climbing. Fisher Towers are an iconic set of sandstone monoliths, located just outside of Moab. They are named for a miner who lived and worked in the region for a number of years. The area is very photogenic, and, since the 1960’s, has become famous for its climbing routes. […]

March 5th, 2016|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Best Things to Do in Capitol Reef

The average person who visits Capitol Reef only spend one or two days in the park. So, to help you out, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have some suggestions for getting the most out of your limited stay. This is our “Best Things to Do in Capitol Reef” list: Try One of These Hikes – these three hikes are all located in the central part of the park, and each highlight a different, awesome feature of Capitol Reef. […]

February 27th, 2016|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|

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|

Here’s to a New Year

From time to time, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch like to think about the journey we’ve taken so far. We’ve done our best to provide a haven here in Southern Utah for people to come and enjoy the wondrous beauty of Capital Reef. We have been a stop for people seeking excitement, serenity, adventure and peace in the national parks and forests. All of which has made for us, and hopefully you, a remarkable experience. And so, we would like to thank all of you who have shared your journey with us as you traveled across our path. Hopefully, we’ll see you again. […]

December 31st, 2015|Lodge Announcements, 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|

Mesa Verde or Bust

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 Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. […]

December 10th, 2015|Education, Nearly Nearby Attractions, Travel|