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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|

Summer Sendoff

The last days of summer are upon us here in Southern Utah. Nights on Boulder Mountain have a noticeable chill to them. School is starting in a few weeks (depending, of course, on your school district.) So what do you do to capture the last few moments of summer vacation? We're glad you asked, because [...]

2016-08-29T05:51:01+00:00 August 21st, 2016|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Top 5 Hikes in Zion

It’s springtime, and that means spring fever. And we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch know the best cure - Zion National Park. So back your bags and head to south to the crown jewel of Utah’s park system. To help take the guess work out of your trip, we’ve got a list of [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:53+00:00 March 19th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch

On the Utah-Arizona border there is a fantastic spot known as Paria Canyon. Paria Canyon, and its most famous tributary - Buckskin Gulch - are the slot canyons to visit in Utah. If fact you've probably seen a photograph of Buckskin Gulch without knowing it. Here's why you should go to Paria Canyon and Buckskin Gulch: [...]

2016-05-04T18:29:11+00:00 March 13th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Fisher Towers

If you’re headed to Moab this spring (and why wouldn’t you be?) we’ve got a suggestion to make your trip even better. Go hike Fisher Towers trail, and, if you’re up for it, do some serious rock climbing. Fisher Towers are an iconic set of sandstone monoliths, located just outside of Moab. They are named [...]

2016-03-05T11:51:37+00:00 March 5th, 2016|Outdoor adventures, Travel|