A Brief History of the NPS in Utah

Utah is lucky to have so many national parks. In addition to the obvious conservation benefits, these parks provide recreation and additional income for many people. The history of the National Park Service – which today oversees nearly 450 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas – is quite fascinating. We at the Lodge at Red [...]

2017-05-30T18:15:59+00:00 March 15th, 2013|Education, Historical places, Nature|

Dead Horse

Utah has a plethora of state parks. And one of the best – and least visited – is Dead Horse State Park. This park offers a fantastic view of the high desert near Moab, of the Colorado River, and of Canyonlands National Park. Dead Horse State Park has impressive canyon walls that rise 2,000 feet [...]

2013-03-02T14:42:49+00:00 March 2nd, 2013|Historical places, Travel|

Ghost Towns of the Old West

The Lodge at Red River Ranch is situated in a land of legend. Before all of us, this part of Southern Utah has been the home of American Indian tribes, pioneers, prospectors, and outlaws. Throughout the time of the Old West, harsh conditions often forced these residents to abandon their communities. Evidence of this is [...]

2013-01-25T17:16:46+00:00 January 25th, 2013|Historical places, Travel|

Goblin Valley

Goblin Valley State Park is one of Utah’s best desert playgrounds. It is a perfect place to explore all year long. Goblin Valley offers scenery and recreation for the whole family. The Lodge at Red River Ranch wants to invite you to check out this amazing state park. […]

2012-09-28T15:15:05+00:00 September 28th, 2012|Historical places, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

A Quick Look at Cove Fort

Cove Fort provides a glimpse into the lives of early pioneers; it preserves the history of the time period. As the early Mormon settlers moved into the Salt Lake valley, the then president of their church, Brigham Young, encouraged the colonization of the surrounding regions. Thus, Mormon pioneers founded most of the towns and cities [...]

2017-05-30T18:16:00+00:00 September 22nd, 2012|Education, Historical places|

The Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry

Utah has come to be defined by its pioneer heritage, incredible ski slopes, and desert geology. But it also takes its place among the foremost pre-historical sites in the nation. Paleontology is the branch of science that deals with (and excavates) fossils. And Utah is a paleontologist’s playground. The most spectacular fossils are, without a [...]

2012-08-22T16:20:13+00:00 August 22nd, 2012|Education, Historical places, Nature|

Lake Powell Revisited

Summers in Southern Utah can become blisteringly hot. The best cure for an Utahan heat wave is 186-miles of water. We are, of course, talking about Lake Powell. Located on the Utah/Arizona border, Lake Powell is one of the best water recreation sites in either state. If you plan to visit Southern Utah this summer, [...]

2017-05-30T18:16:00+00:00 August 21st, 2012|Historical places, Nature, Outdoor adventures|