February 2018

The Intrepid Trail System at Dead Horse

2018-02-26T19:52:54+00:00 February 17th, 2018|Outdoor adventures|

We’ve written before about Dead Horse State Park, it’s one of our favorite parks in Utah, after all. If you don’t already know, Dead Horse is basically like the Grand Canyon – a little smaller, perhaps, but way less crowded. We’ve touched on the tragic legend that lead to the park’s name, and we’ve emphasized [...]

Grafton is a Ghost Town

2018-02-24T18:58:09+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Historical places|

Southern Utah is mostly desert. Which is spectacular to look at, but it can be a hard place to live. Before the conveniences of modernity, several communities in Utah fell victim to the harsh environment. In fact, Utah boasts of having more than a hundred “ghost towns.” (But most of these aren’t much to look [...]

January 2018

Super Blue Blood Moon Hike

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

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 [...]

Capitol Reef Hiking in Winter

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

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 [...]

Free Days 2018

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

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 - [...]

It’s Ski Season!

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

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 [...]

December 2017

Best Three Places This Year

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

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 [...]

Monumental Controversy

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

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 [...]

Caineville Badlands and Factory Butte

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

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 [...]

November 2017

Coyote Gulch Art Village

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

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 [...]