Super Blue Blood Moon Hike

Bryce Canyon wants to show you the moon. They’ve got a program in the park where you can take a guided hike in the middle of the night. A park ranger will take you in among the sandstone hoodoos, and show you the world of Bryce Canyon illuminated by the full moon. It’s a very [...]

2018-01-29T20:27:03+00:00 January 29th, 2018|Education, Nature|

Free Days 2018

What’s the only thing better than visiting a national park? Getting in for free! Every year the National Park Service selects certain days to be Fee Free Park Days. It’s a great reason to get outside and play in the most amazing places in the country. Here’s the complete list for 2018: January 15 - [...]

2018-01-25T20:29:47+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Lodge Announcements, Nature, Travel|

Caineville Badlands and Factory Butte

If you drive from the town of Torrey, into Capitol Reef National Park, past the visitor center, through the cottonwood trees and towering sandstone cliffs, and leave the park, you'll find yourself in the Caineville Badlands. This area only 25-miles from Capitol Reef, but is one of the most desolate stretches of desert you're likely [...]

2017-12-26T19:00:34+00:00 December 6th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

3 Winter Hikes

Throughout the winter, some of the trails in Capitol Reef are better for hiking than others. Some trails might have snow on the ground in shady places, or might be too cold in the shadows of the canyon walls. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have compiled a list of the best [...]

2017-12-01T23:32:08+00:00 November 17th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Horseshoe Bend

There is one section of the Colorado River that you’ve got to check out. It’s one of the most photographed spots in the American Southwest, a truly impressive spectacle of nature - we’re talking about Horseshoe Bend. The erosive power of the Colorado River has moved millions of tons of sandstone to create this iconic [...]

2017-10-31T19:17:44+00:00 October 17th, 2017|Nature, Travel|

The San Rafael Swell is Swell

You know about Goblin Valley - we’ve mentioned it once or twice on this blog - but did you know that Goblin Valley State Park is actually part of a larger geological area called the San Rafael Swell? And it’s actually a pretty cool place. It’s a mostly unvisited wilderness full of canyons, pinnacles, monoliths [...]

2017-10-10T18:30:50+00:00 September 25th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Fall Color Adventures

It’s the end of August, and that means autumn is fast approaching. In the mountain ranges of Southern Utah, the colors of fall will soon begin to show. September is a great time to explore the high-altitude regions of the state, in all their colorful glory. Here are the best places to visit this fall: [...]

2017-08-28T17:30:52+00:00 August 28th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

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|

Best Fishing in Southern Utah

Southern Utah is a fisherman’s paradise. The lakes and the rivers near the Lodge at Red River Ranch are teeming with fish. And as the premier sportsman hotel in the area, we wanted to share some of this paradise with you. Here's a couple of suggestions on were you can experience the best fishing in [...]

2017-08-02T15:40:02+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Capitol Reef Adventure

Capitol Reef is an epic playground. It’s got everything that an outdoor enthusiast could possibly want. Narrow slot canyons? Check. Sweeping vistas? Check. Arches and natural bridges? Check. Heck, Capitol Reef even has pay-to-pick fruit orchards! We can’t think of better place to hang out this summer. And if you’re wondering what you should do [...]

2017-06-27T16:05:56+00:00 June 8th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|