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|

Southern Utah for Shutterbugs

It’s no secret that Southern Utah is one of the most photogenic places in the country. Places like Zion, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon are perfect locations for photographers to capture the drama of the American Southwest. We, at the Lodge at Red River Ranch, are patrons of both art and adventure. And a photography trip to Southern Utah can combine these two into a fun and memorable expedition. If you are interested in photography, check out the follow locations – which we consider some of the best in the region. […]

March 13th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Cassidy Arch – A Cure for Spring Fever

Spring has come early to Southern Utah. And if you’re anything like us, you want to get out and play in it. So allow us to suggest one of our favorite hikes in Capitol Reef National Park - it’s guaranteed to cure your spring fever. It’s called Cassidy Arch, and it’s a good one. To [...]

February 16th, 2017|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Rainbow in Stone

There are a lot of national areas in Utah. Places like Arches and Zion National Park pull in the biggest crowds, but there are plenty of other places you should visit. One of the smallest national monuments in Utah is also one of the coolest. Rainbow Bridge National Monument is only 160 square acres, but [...]

February 8th, 2017|Nature, Travel|

Top 5 Things to Do in Bryce this Winter

If your looking for an easy weekend getaway this holiday season, we know just the place - Bryce Canyon National Park. You may be wondering to yourself what there is to do in Bryce Canyon during the winter. The answer, plenty. In addition to the natural beauty, fresh air, and sunshine that you’ll get to [...]

December 19th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel|

Fish Lake Snowmobile Complex

We’ve had our first hints of snow here in Southern Utah. And for many, that spells doom for their outdoor plans. However, we have an answer for all you adventure junkies out there - snowmobiling. It’s like ATVs for snow. And, actually, snowmobiling can open up areas of Utah that you might not otherwise see. [...]

December 9th, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Canyons of the Grand Staircase

Utah is a pretty big state. And no matter how many times you’ve visited it, you’ll always be able to discover new places. One of the wildest, and most intensely beautiful, area of Southern Utah is the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument. We’ve written extensively about the Burr Trail and Calf Creek, the most well-known attractions [...]

November 8th, 2016|Nature, Travel|

Velvet Ridge

If you've ever visited us at the Lodge, you will have noticed those great, big cliffs behind us. That is Velvet Ridge, and it extends for miles in both directions, giving Red Rich Ranch its dramatic backdrop. As the sunlight moves across the face of Velvet Ridge, shadows appear and retreat, creating an ever-changing landscape. [...]

October 1st, 2016|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Autumn is the best

Autumn is probably our favorite season. We love the crisp feeling in the air, carving pumpkins, eating turkey at Thanksgiving, and, of course, seeing the all the fall colors. Nothing beats a scenic mountain drive amid the changing leaves. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have tried to make autumn scenic drives an [...]

September 19th, 2016|Nature|