December 2016

Fish Lake Snowmobile Complex

December 9th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

We’ve had our first hints of snow here in Southern Utah. And for many, that spells doom for their outdoor plans. However, we have an answer for all you adventure junkies out there - snowmobiling. It’s like ATVs for snow. And, actually, snowmobiling can open up areas of Utah that you might not otherwise see. [...]

November 2016

Capitol Reef – for the Discerning Tourist

November 26th, 2016|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Capitol Reef is Utah’s best national park. (Of course that’s just our opinion, but it’s also the right opinion.) Don’t believe us? Here are three reasons why Capitol Reef is the superior national park - Playing all the hits – Capitol Reef has all the best scenery in one place. If you like slot canyons, [...]

The Utahopian Dictionary [Re-issued]

November 15th, 2016|Travel|

There are so many things to do and see in Southern Utah, sometimes it can be tough to narrow it down. That’s where this list which we’ve dubbed the “Utahopian Dictionary: an A to Z guide to Southern Utah” comes in. While it doesn’t provide a complete catalouge of what you might discover, it should [...]

Canyons of the Grand Staircase

November 8th, 2016|Nature, Travel|

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 [...]

October 2016

Long Fall Hikes

October 27th, 2016|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

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 [...]

Filmed in Utah

October 15th, 2016|Entertainment|

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 - [...]

Dinosaurs!

October 7th, 2016|Education, Travel|

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 [...]

Velvet Ridge

October 1st, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

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. [...]

September 2016

Starfest 2016!

September 27th, 2016|Education, Lodge Announcements|

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 [...]

Autumn is the best

September 19th, 2016|Nature|

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 [...]