Spring has officially arrived in Southern Utah! As much as we love the other seasons, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch especially love springtime. The weather is pleasant, which means you wont overheat on the trail. The birds have returned and the desert flowers are in bloom. And of course, schools across the nation are out for spring break. Maybe we’re just biased, but we think spending a week in Southern Utah is the perfect spring break vacation. Here is a list of some of the of great things to do and see in this part of Southern Utah.
Capitol Reef and Wayne County– Capitol Reef is our favorite national park in Utah, and not just because it’s in our backyard. Take the time to hike one of the longer routes in the park. Try Cassidy Arch, Grand Wash, or The Castle. If you really want to have a unique experience, go to the relatively unvisited sections of the park. Cathedral Valley is the northern part of Capitol Reef. This is high desert country, and provides amazing views of Thousand Lake Mountain. If you go south, into the Waterpocket Fold region, you will be rewarded with narrow canyons, and up-close views of the Henry Mountain Range.
Canyonlands and Arches – Since you are in Utah, we suggest that you take the time to visit one of our other national parks. Canyonlands has amazing river-rafting opportunities, and Arches is the perfect place to hike among the desert geological formations. We suggest you check out both parks, they are right nest door to each other, after all.
Grand Staircase National Monument – This is perhaps one of the most overlooked parts of Southern Utah. But we at the Lodge really enjoy spending time here. Calf Creek is the biggest attraction in Grand Staircase. Hike in the river of Lower Calf Creek, or jump in the pools of Upper Calf Creek. And, as an added bonus, you get to drive along Highway 12, the best scenic byway in America.
We hope everyone has an incredible Spring Break 2014!