Capitol Reef is the best. It’s the biggest draw in our area, and with good reason. And we love it, and you should totally go check it out. Sometimes, however, it’s nice to know what else you can see that’s nearby. To help you find some extra fun, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have a couple of suggests of what to do around here – besides Capitol Reef.
Road Trip on Highway 12 – Utah’s Highway 12 Scenic Byway is probably the greatest stretch of road in the state. It’ll lead you from the forests of Boulder Mountain, through the deserts and mesas of the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument, to the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon. (We highly recommend side trips through the Burr Trail or Hell’s Backbone.) Make it the road trip of a life-time!
Fishing at Fish Lake – Fish Lake is one of the best alpine lakes in the state. And it’s really pretty. Bring (or rent) a boat, find a great spot, and fish the limit. There are also fly-fishing spots along the rivers, plenty of camp sites with various amenities, and lots of nature to explore. Autumn might be the best time to visit, as the aspen trees all turn golden. But any time of the year is amazing at Fish Lake. (You can even go ice-fishing in winter!)
ATV and Jeep Tours – there are various ATV/Jeep rental companies in the neighborhood that provide tours. (They also teach you how to safely operate off-road vehicles.) These companies will take you to trails in the deserts or mountains where you can enjoy the scenery at top speed. You’ll get to see a lot of cool places, and have a pretty good time doing it. Our friends at Fremont River Guides can set you up right.