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A Blog Birthday

A Blog Birthday

Posted in: Outdoor adventures, Travel on March 19, 2019.

We’re Eight Today!

Fun fact – today marks the eight anniversary of our Blog at Red River Ranch! That’s right. We’ve been writing awesome blog posts for eight years now. And during that time we’ve covered a lot of ground. We’ve given you recommendations for all five of Utah’s national parks – Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion. Plus a bunch of state parks, wilderness areas, national monuments, and more. If it’s in Southern Utah and worth seeing, we at the Lodge have probably written about it.

Eighth Birthday celebration

Happy Birthday to us. Photo by Gaelle Marcel via unsplash.com

Revisiting a Classic

Since we’re celebrating eight years of blogs, we at the Lodge thought it would be fun to revisit our very first post (boy, we’ve come a long way!) We’ve spruced it up a bit, but it’s still a timeless list of the best things to do in Southern Utah. Enjoy!

Southern Utah For the Outdoor Adventurer

An aerial shot of Lake Powell

Lake Powell. Photo by Jeremy Bishop via unsplash.com

Boating in Lake Powell

Lake Powell is in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area. It stretches over 26,000 square miles, winding through beautiful sandstone monoliths and pinnacles. There are many side canyons that can be explored on personal watercraft. Lake Powell is also one of the best cliff jumping spots in the nation.

A climbing shoe in Zion National Park

Rock Climbing in Zion. Photo by Cindy Chen via unsplash.com

Rock Climbing in Zion National Park

Southern Utah is famous all over the world for its amazing rock climbing routes, and Zion National Park is the first stop for many climbing enthusiasts. There are exceptional routes for all skill levels. Guides and professional services are available for those who want to experience this demanding sport.

Looking into the Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

The Rim Trail in Bryce Canyon. Photo by Wendell Shinn via unsplash.com

Biking in Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is one of the most popular spots for bicyclists. The park’s incredible scenery makes the ride even more memorable. Biking is also allowed on all paved and designated areas inside the park. And there are hundreds of popular dirt trails that are not in the park proper, but still offer impressive views.

The Waterpocket Fold's dramatic sandstone features

The Waterpocket Fold. Photo by William Horton via williamhortonphotography.com

Hiking the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park

In the Waterpocket Fold there are miles and miles of continuous desert trails. In this section of Capitol Reef there are few visitors, so you can enjoy the solitude of the landscape uninterrupted as you hike.

A man skis down the slope

Skiing in Southern Utah. Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan via unsplash.com

Winter Sports and Brian Head Ski Resort

Winters in Southern Utah can be just as fun as the summer months. If you’re in the mood for snow sports, there are open areas for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. There are also downhill slopes at Brain Head Ski Resort. Southwest Utah is a great place to enjoy the winter. There is no inversion, lots of sun, and clean snow to share with good friends.

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