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Canyons of the Grand Staircase

Utah is a pretty big state. And no matter how many times you’ve visited it, you’ll always be able to discover new places. One of the wildest, and most intensely beautiful, area of Southern Utah is the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. We’ve written extensively about the Burr Trail and Calf Creek, the most well-known attractions [...]

2016-11-28T13:00:46+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Nature, Travel|

Long Fall Hikes

The warm weather is winding down in Southern Utah, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have some last-minute fun-in-the sun. We’re talking about doing some of those really long hikes - the ones that might be too strenuous to attempt in the heat of summer. So here is the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s [...]

2016-11-01T15:00:01+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Filmed in Utah

Sometimes, when watching a film, you will see an expansive shot of desert scenery on screen. And sometimes, what you’re actually looking at is Southern Utah. Film and television crews routinely film in areas such as Monument Valley, Moab, and Zion National Park. Sometimes the finished product conveys the spirit of the Old West - [...]

2016-11-01T14:59:20+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Entertainment|

Dinosaurs!

Most kids we know like dinosaurs. (Heck, most adults we know like dinosaurs.) Walking among fossils formed eons ago can be both an exciting and educational experience. And there are many places in the Western United States where you can enjoy this type of “fossil nature-walk.” One of our favorites is the aptly named Dinosaur [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:52+00:00 October 7th, 2016|Education, Travel|

Velvet Ridge

If you've ever visited us at the Lodge, you will have noticed those great, big cliffs behind us. That is Velvet Ridge, and it extends for miles in both directions, giving Red Rich Ranch its dramatic backdrop. As the sunlight moves across the face of Velvet Ridge, shadows appear and retreat, creating an ever-changing landscape. [...]

2016-11-01T14:57:15+00:00 October 1st, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Starfest 2016!

It’s time once again for one of our favorite annual traditions, the Heritage Starfest. Every autumn Capitol Reef National Park and the Entrada Institute in Torrey team up to bring the wonder of the night sky to everyone. And it’s no wonder. This is one of the best places in the world for stargazing. If [...]

2016-09-27T09:08:56+00:00 September 27th, 2016|Education, Lodge Announcements|

Autumn is the best

Autumn is probably our favorite season. We love the crisp feeling in the air, carving pumpkins, eating turkey at Thanksgiving, and, of course, seeing the all the fall colors. Nothing beats a scenic mountain drive amid the changing leaves. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have tried to make autumn scenic drives an [...]

2016-09-27T09:09:39+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Nature|

Living Beauty: Flora and Fauna

Capitol Reef and the surrounding areas are geologically stunning, without a doubt. But part of the beauty of this place is also due to the flora and fauna of the desert. And while there may be fewer plants and animals here in general, the ones that do thrive in the arid rocks of Capitol Reef [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:52+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Nature, Wildlife|

History of the National Park Service

Today is the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the organization responsible for the care and protection of our national parks and monuments. Which is a pretty important job. So to help celebrate all their hard work and dedication over the years, we at the Lodge thought we'd share a bit of their history. [...]

2016-08-26T03:50:42+00:00 August 25th, 2016|Education, Historical places|

Looking Forward

We at the lodge like to notify our guests of any upcoming events in the area – just in case you need to add some local flavor to your Southern Utah vacation. So, looking forward, there a couple of things we can suggest you check out in the coming weeks and months: […]

2017-05-30T18:15:52+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Education, Nature, Outdoor adventures|