Fruita Orchards of Capitol Reef

One of the most unique aspects of Capitol Reef is the Fruita Orchards. Long before Capitol Reef was a national anything, the residents of Fruita lived and farmed among the red cliffs. And fortunately for us, Capitol Reef now protects and preserves the Fruita orchards for everyone to enjoy. So we at the Lodge at [...]

2017-08-29T19:21:41+00:00 August 9th, 2017|Historical places, Nature|

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|

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|

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 [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:52+00:00 July 24th, 2016|Education, Historical places|

Best Heritage State Park in Utah

If you’ve ever been driving along Interstate 70, just outside of Richfield, Utah, then you’ve probably seen a sign for the Fremont Indian State Park and Museum. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it state park is located along the freeway, in Clear Creek Canyon. Although the detour might not seem worth it to you, we’re here to inform you [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:54+00:00 November 9th, 2015|Historical places, Travel|

History to Explore

A lot of people who visit Wayne County want to know a little bit more about the history of the area. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch gathered some information and compiled a short list of ways you can experience the history first-hand. The first settlers were, as you can imagine, Native [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:54+00:00 August 10th, 2015|Education, Historical places|

June Events 2014

There is a lot happening here in Southern Utah. So naturally we want you to make the most of it. The following is a list of the events in and around Capitol Reef for June 2014. On June 6th the Entrada Institute of Torrey will hold it’s first Cowboy Dinner in conjunction with the Broken [...]

2014-05-31T14:26:19+00:00 May 31st, 2014|Education, Historical places, Travel|

The Henry Mountains

The Henry Mountains are a very isolated mountain range in South Central Utah, near Capitol Reef. For anyone who wants to “get away from it all,” we can think of no better place. Incredibly, the Henrys were the last explored range in America, and the last to be named. Their namesake is Joseph Henry, the [...]

2014-04-12T06:56:57+00:00 April 12th, 2014|Education, Historical places|