The Wahweap Hoodoos

If you've spent any time wandering around Southern Utah, then you are probably familiar with hoodoos. They are some of the strangest geological formations to be found in the deserts of the American West. Plenty of people are aware of the hoodoos of Goblin Valley, Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon. But stranger still are the [...]

2018-05-30T20:02:18+00:00 May 7th, 2018|Nature, Outdoor adventures|

Arches and Bridges: Our List

Southern Utah has a lot of amazing scenery, but one of the coolest features is it’s concentration of natural bridges and arches. If you want to see the best arches and bridges in the state, start by visiting the places on the following list. They’re not listed in any particular order. Natural Bridges National Monument [...]

2018-04-27T18:47:27+00:00 April 16th, 2018|Nature, Travel|

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|