The Blog at Red River Ranch

Here’s to a New Year

December 31st, 2015

Lodge Announcements, Travel

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. Read More

Free Park Days 2016!

December 29th, 2015

Education, Nature, Travel

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. Read More

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. Read More

Otter Creek Reservoir

December 2nd, 2015

Nature, Travel

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. Read More

Winter Funtime List 2015

November 30th, 2015

Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

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. Read More