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Super Blue Blood Moon Hike

Bryce Canyon wants to show you the moon. They’ve got a program in the park where you can take a guided hike in the middle of the night. A park ranger will take you in among the sandstone hoodoos, and show you the world of Bryce Canyon illuminated by the full moon. It’s a very [...]

2018-01-29T20:27:03+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Education, Nature|

Capitol Reef Hiking in Winter

It’s never the wrong season to go hiking! Winters in Southern Utah are (usually) mild, with little to no snow for most of the season. So if you wear a jacket, you can pretty much hike any trail in Southern Utah. And for us, there is no better place to hike in the winter than [...]

2018-01-31T19:56:30+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Free Days 2018

What’s the only thing better than visiting a national park? Getting in for free! Every year the National Park Service selects certain days to be Fee Free Park Days. It’s a great reason to get outside and play in the most amazing places in the country. Here’s the complete list for 2018: January 15 - [...]

2018-01-25T20:29:47+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Lodge Announcements, Nature, Travel|

It’s Ski Season!

It’s ski season! Utah is famous for its snow, and its snow sports – we did host the Winter Olympics once, ya know. The resorts near Salt Lake seem to get all the love, but there are a number of ski resorts elsewhere in Utah. So if you’re in Southern Utah and itching for the [...]

2018-01-29T19:23:36+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Best Three Places This Year

Merry Christmas, everybody! It’s been quite the year for us at the Lodge at Red River Ranch. We’ve welcomed hundreds of guests here at the Lodge in 2017. And hopefully we made for a great experience while you explored Capitol Reef National Park. As we look back at the year’s end, we thought we’d like [...]

2017-12-22T20:30:21+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|Lodge Announcements, Travel|

Monumental Controversy

You may have heard that earlier this month, several national monuments – most notably two in Utah – have been reduced in size. This has led to celebration by some groups. Mostly groups that are invested in grazing, resource recovery, etc. And condemnation by those who advocate for the protection of the environmental and cultural [...]

2017-12-29T20:00:33+00:00 December 11th, 2017|Lodge Announcements|

Caineville Badlands and Factory Butte

If you drive from the town of Torrey, into Capitol Reef National Park, past the visitor center, through the cottonwood trees and towering sandstone cliffs, and leave the park, you'll find yourself in the Caineville Badlands. This area only 25-miles from Capitol Reef, but is one of the most desolate stretches of desert you're likely [...]

2017-12-26T19:00:34+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Coyote Gulch Art Village

Did you that Southern Utah has its very own art village? It’s called Coyote Gulch and it’s one of the area’s hidden gems. There are a number of galleries, a half-dozen studios, and gift and coffee shops that together form this little village. There’s even a couple of spas. Coyote Gulch is tucked away in [...]

2017-11-28T20:54:07+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Education, Nearly Nearby Attractions|

Gooseberry Mesa

If you’re a mountain biker, then you know there’s nothing like riding through the rough terrain of some unspoiled landscape. And if you know Southern Utah, then you know that the wide expanse of desert scenery is that unspoiled landscape. Whether you’re conquering the slickrock of Moab, or slogging through the sands of Hell’s Backbone, [...]

2017-11-27T21:19:34+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Outdoor adventures|

3 Winter Hikes

Throughout the winter, some of the trails in Capitol Reef are better for hiking than others. Some trails might have snow on the ground in shady places, or might be too cold in the shadows of the canyon walls. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have compiled a list of the best [...]

2017-12-01T23:32:08+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|