Calf Creek

Summer is officially here and it’s hiking season! One of the Lodge’s favorite hikes is Calf Creek Falls. This hike is the main draw in the Calf Creek Recreational area on Highway 12 near Escalante. Loved by hikers everywhere, Calf Creek is a trail not to be missed. […]

June 30th, 2012|Historical places, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Picnicking at Single Tree

Dixie National Forest covers more than two million acres in Southern Utah. One of our favorite locations in Dixie Forest is on the west end of Boulder Mountain, about half an hour from Capitol Reef National Park. The road twists up the mountain to stunning scenic overlooks. (This, incidentally, is the road you take to Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument and Scenic Highway 12.) […]

June 29th, 2012|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Cassidy Arch

One of the best all-round hikes in Capitol Reef National Park is Cassidy Arch. If you get the chance, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch encourage you to hike this trail. […]

June 26th, 2012|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Escalante Petrified Forest

We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch make it our responsibility to tell you about some of the best places to visit in Southern Utah. One of the places with the most scientific and historical significance in Utah is the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. This park protects one of nature’s most amazing phenomena – fossilized trees. […]

June 20th, 2012|Historical places, Nature, Travel|

Grand Staircase and Highway 12

The Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument protects some of the most spectacular geological formations of the Grand Staircase area of Southern Utah. The Grand Staircase is the name given to the succession of sandstone cliffs that run step-like through Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Grand Canyon National Park. It forms the backbone of Utah’s southern majesty. President Clinton declared the area surrounding the town of Escalante a national monument in 1996. The monument encompasses almost 2 million areas of wilderness land, divided into three sub-regions. It is governed entirely by the Bureau of Land Management.  The area as a whole has produced many archeological finds, including several dinosaur fossils. […]

June 15th, 2012|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Natural Bridges

In addition to its impressive array of national parks, Southern Utah boasts many national monuments as well. Although usually not as large as national parks, national monuments are no less spectacular. In fact, many of Utah’s national parks started out as monuments. One of our favorite national monuments in Utah is Natural Bridges. […]

June 9th, 2012|Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Dead Horse State Park

There are many spectacular state parks in Utah. Some are better than others, however. One of Utah’s best parks, in our opinion, is Dead Horse State Park. Situated in the high desert near Moab, Dead Horse offers a stunning overlook of the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park. In some parts of the park, sheer cliffs rise vertically 2,000 feet. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch want you to check out Dead Horse State Park. […]

June 8th, 2012|Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Yuba Lake

The summer months in Southern Utah mean that you can have more fun in more ways. And one of the best ways to have fun in Southern Utah is playing in the water. There are many, many great lakes that you can go to in Southern Utah. But for those who want to make a quick trip from Salt Lake, consider going to Yuba Lake State Park. […]

June 8th, 2012|Outdoor adventures|