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|

Otter Creek Reservoir

Utah has five (count ’em, five) national parks. Which, compared to most states is a lot. And since we have these five awesome national parks, our state parks are somewhat forgotten. But that shouldn’t be the case, and if you follow our blog, you know that we like to highlight a state park that we think you should visit, and this month we’ve chosen Otter Creek State Park. […]

December 2nd, 2015|Nature, 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|

Christmas at the Lodge

Since Christmas is exactly a month away, we at the Lodge thought we’d offer an idea about how you can celebrate an alternate Christmas vacation. Maybe you want to get out of the cities this winter, which usually have increased levels of pollution. Maybe you want to de-commercialize the season, and give up on buying and consuming gifts. Or maybe you simply what to get some much needed sunshine. Whatever your reason is, if you are looking for a different sort of Christmas, consider spending some time with us in Southern Utah. […]

November 25th, 2015|Lodge Announcements, Travel|

Best Heritage State Park in Utah

If you’ve ever been driving along Interstate 70, just outside of Richfield, Utah, then you’ve probably seen a sign for the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it state park is located along the freeway, in Clear Creek Canyon. Although the detour might not seem worth it to you, we’re here to inform you otherwise. […]

November 9th, 2015|Historical places, 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|