Capitol Reef is 80!

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 [...]

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

Dealing with the Summer Heat

Summer is here officially! Hooray! Here in Southern Utah, that means lots of hiking and playing in the sun. But, in case you didn’t notice, summer here in the desert is hot. Really hot. So it’s important to be safe when playing outdoors, and it’s important to learn how to spot some of the most [...]

2017-06-24T17:08:47+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Education|

Arts and the Park 2017

This coming weekend, the Entrada Institute, in conjunction with Capitol Reef National Park, is putting on it’s annual Plein Air Art Event - Arts and the Park. Watercolor artists from all over the world will paint the incredible landscapes of Capitol Reef and the nearby environs. You can watch them as they capture the beauty [...]

2017-05-29T17:31:10+00:00 May 27th, 2017|Education, Lodge Announcements|

Moab Giants Dinosaur Park

Did you know that there is a dinosaur themed adventure park in Southern Utah? Located just outside of the town of Moab, the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park and Track Museum is the perfect place to have some fun and learn about dinos. Utah is famous (in certain circles) for the various species of dinosaurs that [...]

2017-05-29T17:30:33+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Education, Entertainment|

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 [...]

2017-04-21T17:57:20+00:00 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 [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:51+00:00 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 [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:52+00:00 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 [...]

2016-09-27T09:08:56+00:00 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. [...]

2016-08-26T03:50:42+00:00 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: […]

2017-05-30T18:15:52+00:00 August 22nd, 2016|Education, Nature, Outdoor adventures|