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|

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|

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 [...]

2017-03-31T18:22:52+00:00 March 13th, 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 [...]

2017-02-23T20:17:49+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Nature, Travel|