Capitol Reef Hiking in Winter

It’s never the wrong season to go hiking! Winters in Southern Utah are (usually) mild, with little to no snow for most of the season. So if you wear a jacket, you can pretty much hike any trail in Southern Utah. And for us, there is no better place to hike in the winter than [...]

2018-01-31T19:56:30+00:00 January 21st, 2018|Outdoor adventures, Travel|

It’s Ski Season!

It’s ski season! Utah is famous for its snow, and its snow sports – we did host the Winter Olympics once, ya know. The resorts near Salt Lake seem to get all the love, but there are a number of ski resorts elsewhere in Utah. So if you’re in Southern Utah and itching for the [...]

2018-01-29T19:23:36+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Outdoor adventures, 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|

Gooseberry Mesa

If you’re a mountain biker, then you know there’s nothing like riding through the rough terrain of some unspoiled landscape. And if you know Southern Utah, then you know that the wide expanse of desert scenery is that unspoiled landscape. Whether you’re conquering the slickrock of Moab, or slogging through the sands of Hell’s Backbone, [...]

2017-11-27T21:19:34+00:00 November 27th, 2017|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|

Winter is Upon Us…

It’s the end of October. Which means things are starting to cool off here in Southern Utah. Now we’re looking toward winter, and if you’re new around here, you might think that means the end of outdoor fun. But the truth is, there are lots of things you can do in the outdoors in winter. [...]

2017-10-31T18:09:26+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Outdoor adventures|

Autumnal Adventures

Summer is officially over. And that’s good news for all you travelers, because autumn is the best time to vacation in Southern Utah. That’s our opinion, anyway. But we’ve got some pretty good reasons to back that claim up. First, there are fewer people in the national parks. Which means that you can explore in [...]

2017-09-30T23:05:56+00:00 September 30th, 2017|Outdoor adventures, 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|

Labor Day Weekend Adventure Time!

Hey! Guess what? Labor Day Weekend is almost here. The long weekend marks the traditional end to summer, meaning that kids will be heading back to school. So it’s no wonder that it’s one of the busiest weekends of the year here in Capitol Reef - people are trying to have one last summer adventure. [...]

2017-08-31T00:33:11+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Outdoor adventures, Travel|