Spring is in the Air

Spring is almost here! And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch are just as excited as you are about it. For us, one of the best parts of spring is the chance to get outside. In Southern Utah the weather is mild, and the sun is staying in the sky longer ever day. If you can get away for a few days, here are some places that we suggest visiting this spring: […]

February 28th, 2013|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

After Zion

Zion National Park is the reason that many people come to Southern Utah. After spending a couple of days in that remarkable park, some people begin to wonder what’s next. What other amazing adventures can you have in Southern Utah? We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have a few suggestions that might help augment your Southern Utah vacation. […]

February 28th, 2013|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Special Places – Cathedral Valley

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of spectacular beauty; it has so many areas of special, natural wonder. Unfortunately, very few people get to visit these special places. In an effort to make these hidden treasures known to the public, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have created this blog series to highlight the best-unknown places of Capitol Reef. Watch for new “Special Places” posts. […]

February 25th, 2013|Outdoor adventures, Special Places Report, Travel|

Visit the Petrified Forest

There are many wonderful places to visit in Southern Utah. Some are well known – such as Zion National Park – and some are local secrets. One of the places that most tourists never visit is Escalante Petrified Forest State Park. The Petrified Forest Located near the town of Escalante, in Garfield County. It encompasses 1,300 acres of Southern Utah desert and offers the visitor a chance to explore ancient fossils, both from pant and animals – including dinosaurs. […]

February 20th, 2013|Education, Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

The Best Scenic Route

Southern Utah has some of the greatest scenic highways in the nation. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love driving the back roads in search of something new. There are many scenic routes in and around our national parks, and each one offers amazing views. If you can, try to work scenic routes into your road trip plans. There are always worth the few extra miles. Of all the back roads and scenic byways that we know of, our favorite is Highway 12. […]

February 15th, 2013|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Hiking the Cliffs of Velvet Ridge

The dramatic cliffs of Velvet Ridge frame the Lodge Red River Ranch. These cliffs extend for miles in both directions from the Lodge. As the sunlight moves across the face of Velvet Ridge, shadows appear and retreat, creating an ever-changing landscape. And while the sight is impressive from the ground, we think it looks better from up top. […]

February 13th, 2013|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Climbing in the Parks

Rock climbing is an increasingly popular sport, especially here in Southern Utah. The rock walls of Southern Utah are fun, challenging, and scenic. In fact, there are so good that we attract climbers from all over the world. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have some advise for rock climbers coming to find a good time in our neck of the woods. […]

February 12th, 2013|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

The Artist in Capitol Reef

If art is your thing, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have a suggestion for you. Take a photo or painting tour of Capitol Reef National Park. The park is a spectacular collection of sandstone folded and shaped by nature. The combination of subject and light makes this area a haven for artists. For those wishing to convey the canyon and desert landscape in canvas or print, Capitol Reef has endless opportunities. While the whole of Capitol Reef National Park is definitely art-worthy, we at the Lodge have compiled a list of some of the best sites in the park to shoot or paint. In addition to the obvious beauty, these locations have the added benefit of not being over photographed – unlike Zion National Park. Check these places out. […]

February 5th, 2013|Nature, Outdoor adventures|