October 2017

Winter is Upon Us…

2017-10-31T18:09:26+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Outdoor adventures|

It’s the end of October. Which means things are starting to cool off here in Southern Utah. Now we’re looking toward winter, and if you’re new around here, you might think that means the end of outdoor fun. But the truth is, there are lots of things you can do in the outdoors in winter. [...]

Horseshoe Bend

2017-10-31T19:17:44+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Nature, Travel|

There is one section of the Colorado River that you’ve got to check out. It’s one of the most photographed spots in the American Southwest, a truly impressive spectacle of nature - we’re talking about Horseshoe Bend. The erosive power of the Colorado River has moved millions of tons of sandstone to create this iconic [...]

September 2017

Autumnal Adventures

2017-09-30T23:05:56+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Summer is officially over. And that’s good news for all you travelers, because autumn is the best time to vacation in Southern Utah. That’s our opinion, anyway. But we’ve got some pretty good reasons to back that claim up. First, there are fewer people in the national parks. Which means that you can explore in [...]

The San Rafael Swell is Swell

2017-10-10T18:30:50+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

You know about Goblin Valley - we’ve mentioned it once or twice on this blog - but did you know that Goblin Valley State Park is actually part of a larger geological area called the San Rafael Swell? And it’s actually a pretty cool place. It’s a mostly unvisited wilderness full of canyons, pinnacles, monoliths [...]

Free National Park Day

2017-09-13T21:36:22+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Travel|

Every year there are a handful of free days at the national parks. The entrance fees are waived to help encourage people to visit. Which is a pretty good reason to stop by, in our opinion. So if you’re wondering when the next national park free day is, well, you’re in luck. It’s just a [...]

August 2017

Labor Day Weekend Adventure Time!

2017-08-31T00:33:11+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Hey! Guess what? Labor Day Weekend is almost here. The long weekend marks the traditional end to summer, meaning that kids will be heading back to school. So it’s no wonder that it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year here in Capitol Reef - people are trying to have one last summer adventure. [...]

Fall Color Adventures

2017-08-28T17:30:52+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

It’s the end of August, and that means autumn is fast approaching. In the mountain ranges of Southern Utah, the colors of fall will soon begin to show. September is a great time to explore the high-altitude regions of the state, in all their colorful glory. Here are the best places to visit this fall: [...]

Fruita Orchards of Capitol Reef

2017-08-29T19:21:41+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Historical places, Nature|

One of the most unique aspects of Capitol Reef is the Fruita Orchards. Long before Capitol Reef was a national anything, the residents of Fruita lived and farmed among the red cliffs. And fortunately for us, Capitol Reef now protects and preserves the Fruita orchards for everyone to enjoy. So we at the Lodge at [...]

July 2017

Capitol Reef is 80!

2017-07-28T16:30:30+00:00 July 28th, 2017|Education, Historical places, Travel|

Hey, it’s almost Capitol Reefs Birthday! On August 2nd the park will celebrate 80 years of conservation! Capitol Reef actually started out as a national monument. It was President Franklin D Roosevelt who declared the area a monument in 1937. And in 1971, President Nixon changed the monument’s status to a national park. Since that [...]