Earth Day

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 [...]

April 21st, 2017|Education, Nature|

Biological Soil Crust

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 [...]

March 31st, 2017|Education, Nature|

Dinosaurs!

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 [...]

October 7th, 2016|Education, Travel|

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 [...]

September 27th, 2016|Education, Lodge Announcements|

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. [...]

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: […]

August 22nd, 2016|Education, Nature, Outdoor adventures|

A Brief Look Back…

Every 24th of July, Utah celebrates Pioneer Day. There are parades, fireworks and barbecues everywhere. In recognition of the first settlers of the Salt Lake Valley, the state looks back at it’s history and remembers. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch thought we’d do a little remembering ourselves. There have been thousands [...]

July 24th, 2016|Education, Historical places|

Free Park Days 2016!

2015 was a good year for the National Park Service, in fact, it was the 99th anniversary of the government organization. And since we remember how to count, we know that this coming year will be the 100th year anniversary of the NPS. To celebrate, they will be having 16 fee-free days to play in any and all national parks. (Get it? 2016 – 16 free days!) By comparison 2015 only had nine fee-free days, so we all get a bonus in the coming year. […]

December 29th, 2015|Education, Nature, Travel|

Mesa Verde or Bust

Being Utah residents, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch usually write about the attractions that are found in Southern Utah. But, of course, every state has its own collection of amazing locations. And since, in nature, there are no state lines, we’re adding a special section to our blog – Nearly Nearby Attractions. And this post is about Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. […]

December 10th, 2015|Education, Nearly Nearby Attractions, Travel|

Heritage Star Fest 2015

It’s autumn again, and that means there is plenty happening in Capitol Reef country. The aspens are changing colors, the apples are ready to be picked, and, of course, the Heritage Starfest will take place. Every year, the Heritage Starfest Group comes to Capitol Reef National Park to provide a unique opportunity to view the night sky like a pro. This year, the event will take place on the 9th and 10th of October. […]

September 30th, 2015|Education, Nature|