The granddaddy of all Utah road trips is the Grand Circle. It's a comprehensive tour of all five national parks in the state — plus throwing in the Grand Canyon for good measure. You also get a chance to see Lake Powell, Monument Valley, and the Grand Staircase. The Grand Circle Tour covers a lot of ground, but is not to be missed.
Southern Utah has some of the greatest scenic highways in the nation. We at the Lodge love driving the Capitol Reef Scenic Highway, Zion National Park Scenic Highway, and all the other scenic routes in and around our national parks. There are quite a lot of them, and each one offers something for everyone.
Fish Lake is one of Utah's best sport fishing sites. The lake is just five miles long and one mile across at its longest sections, but there is plenty of room for fun. It is a great place to spend a weekend.
For us, nothing provides a glimpse into Old West like a ghost town, and Southern Utah has some great ones. These are three of our favorite ghost town sites. They can be easily incorporated into a trip from the Lodge at the Red River Ranch on your way to Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, or Zion National Parks.
Goblin Valley State Park, with its sandstone formations, makes a great day trip from the Lodge at Red River Ranch. It only takes about an hour to get there, and can be easily accessed from Highway 24.
After seeing Capitol Reef National Park, many of our guests at The Lodge want to take a day-trip to another national park. The question has been raised, which park is better, Zion National Park or Bryce Canyon National Park?