Merry Christmas, everybody! It’s been quite the year for us at the Lodge at Red River Ranch. We’ve welcomed hundreds of guests here at the Lodge in 2017. And hopefully we made for a great experience while you explored Capitol Reef National Park.
As we look back at the year’s end, we thought we’d like to share our list of the three best places we visited in 2017. And you should go check them out in 2018. Here’s our list, enjoy:
- Horseshoe Bend – Near Lake Powell is one of the most dramatic bends in the Colorado River. A short hike leads to a stunning overlook of Horseshoe Bend. You can stand right on the edge of the cliff (figurtively speaking, of course, don’t get too close) and look down at the river far below. It’s the perfect spot to evoke some Instagram envy.
- Cataract Canyon – If you’re going rafting in Utah, this should be your first choice. Located in Canyonlands National Park, it’s got some of the most beautiful scenery and the wildest waters in the state. Sections of the river are classified as Category V rapids. So it can get pretty exciting. To fully enjoy Cataract Canyon, we recommend rafting it over the course of a couple days. Start in Moab and exit at Hite Marina on Lake Powell.
- Gypsum Sinkhole – You might think that since Capitol Reef is pretty much our backyard, we’d have seen everything there is to see there. But there’s always more to discover. And this year we stopped by the Gypsum Sinkhole in Cathedral Valley. It’s an impressive 200-foot hole in the desert floor. (Kinda like the Sarlacc Pit from Star Wars.) From the trailhead, it’s only a short hike to the Gypsum Sinkhole. Visitors are advised not to stand to close to the edge. It is very unstable. An added bonus for visiting the sinkhole is that you get to drive through most of Cathedral Valley.