April 2017

Top 5 Things in Capitol Reef

April 27th, 2017|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

We’re pretty familiar with Capitol Reef. Partly because we live right next door to it, but mostly because we think it’s the best national park in Utah. And we hope you’ll agree with us when you go for a visit. To help you get the most of your time in the park, we’ve made a [...]

Earth Day

April 21st, 2017|Education, Nature|

Tomorrow is April 22nd, which means it’s Earth Day! Earth Day got it’s start as a college movement in the 1970s. Today it’s celebrated in 193 countries all over the world every year. It’s a day to remember and refocus on important conservational efforts. But in the United States, it also means free entrance to [...]

Monument Valley is the American West

April 20th, 2017|Nearly Nearby Attractions, Travel|

If you’ve ever watched a western, you’ve probably seen a sweeping shot of some lonely sandstone monoliths rising from the desert and touching the sky. Most likely, you’re seeing Monument Valley. It has become the de facto symbol for the American West - at least in film and television. (If you want confirmation, check out [...]

March 2017

Biological Soil Crust

March 31st, 2017|Education, Nature|

If you’ve ever been hiking in the deserts of Southern Utah, then you’ve probably come across strange blackish bumps in the sand. These are actually colonies of diverse groups of bacteria, and collectively they are known as biological soil crust. You can find biological soil crusts in deserts everywhere across the world, and they play [...]

Spring Break in Southern Utah!

March 20th, 2017|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Spring Break is here! Whether you've got kids in elementary school, or you are looking for a break before those killer finals, you'll wanna get outside and play. And we at the Lodge can think of a better place than sunny Southern Utah. Here's our shortlist for Spring Break 2017: Moab, Arches and Canyonlands - [...]

Southern Utah for Shutterbugs

March 13th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

It’s no secret that Southern Utah is one of the most photogenic places in the country. Places like Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon are perfect locations for photographers to capture the drama of the American Southwest. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, are patrons of both art and adventure. And a photography trip to Southern Utah can combine these two into a fun and memorable expedition. If you are interested in photography, check out the follow locations – which we consider some of the best in the region. […]

Got Itineraries?

March 3rd, 2017|Lodge Announcements, Outdoor adventures|

We at the Lodge work hard to help our guests have a great vacation. We’ve been providing suggestions for decades on what people can do when they visit our beautiful area. So, to make things a little easier, we’ve codified some of our best suggestions and built our very own itineraries. We’re excited to share [...]

February 2017

Coral Pink Sand Dunes

February 27th, 2017|Outdoor adventures, Wildlife|

So there’s this little state park in Utah, near Kanab, called Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. (We know, it’s a mouthful to say.) It’s one of the smaller parks in the state, and certainly one of the least visited. But it’s also got something rather unique about it. For all intents and purposes, Coral [...]

Special Places – Gypsum Sinkhole

February 25th, 2017|Special Places Report|

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of spectacular beauty; it has so many areas of special, natural wonder. Unfortunately, very few people get to visit these special places. In an effort to make these hidden treasures known to the public, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have created this blog series to [...]

Cassidy Arch – A Cure for Spring Fever

February 16th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Spring has come early to Southern Utah. And if you’re anything like us, you want to get out and play in it. So allow us to suggest one of our favorite hikes in Capitol Reef National Park - it’s guaranteed to cure your spring fever. It’s called Cassidy Arch, and it’s a good one. To [...]