Autumn is just around the corner here in Southern Utah. September sees the aspen groves of Boulder Mountain turn golden. And if you’re anything like us, you want to get outside and see the change of the season. So to help you out, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have compiled a list of the best places to check out this fall in Southern Utah.
Boulder Mountain – located near Capitol Reef National Park, Boulder Mountain is a fantastic place to experience fall colors. There are large swaths of aspens, intermixed with spruce and pine. The yellows and reds of autumn will make you want to get out of the car and hike, which is good, because there are many exceptional trails on Boulder Mountain.
Cedar Canyon – this is the narrow winding canyon in Dixie National Forest that connects the town of Cedar City to Cedar Breaks National Monument. The drive up the canyon is great any time of year, but with the fall colors showing through the granite rock formations, it becomes even better. And at the top of the canyon you can check out the wonders of Cedar Breaks – nicknamed “little Bryce” for its striking similarities to the national park.
Fish Lake and Johnson Reservoir – these lakes always seem to make our annual list. They are both located in Fishlake National Forest. The scenic loop takes you through some of the fullest and brightest aspen trees in the state. In a good year, the colors can last until the end of October. We recommend that you get out, skip some stones and have a picnic. If you’re the fishing type, don’t miss the chance to cast your line. After all, Fish Lake has some of the best fishing in the state.