Knowledge is Power
There’s a lot to know about Southern Utah, from it’s geology to it’s history, it’s a pretty fascinating place. And since we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch are always excited to share local educational opportunities, we thought we’d let you know about a couple of ways you can boost your knowledge of Southern Utah. These are all sponsored by the national park service, and are happening in your favorite national parks. Which makes learning on vacation fun and convenient. Check them out:
Capitol Reef Talks
This summer, Capitol Reef is hosting a series of talks. Some are presented everyday, and some run from Wednesday to Saturday. The Talks are all short, about 30 minutes each, but they are pretty informative. Plus they give you a chance to ask the rangers any questions that you might have. They are all presented free of charge. Here’s a schedule of events, in case you wanna stop by.
- Geology Talk – 10am in the Visitor Center.
- Archeology Talk – 3pm at the Petroglyph Panel.
- Evening Program – 7.30pm at the Campgrounds (this one is a longer talk, about two and a half hours).
- Nature Talk – 11am at the Ripple Rock Nature Center.
- Junior Geologist – 2pm at the Ripple Rock Nature Center.
Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival
The Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival (BCAF) is an annual event hosted in the park for amateur stargazers. And this year the festival is celebrating its 50th anniversary! Astronomy Rangers, and local and national Astronomical Societies will be in attendance, so you can bet there will be plenty to learn. After all, the Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Amber Straughn, Associate Director of Astrophysics Science at NASA. There’s a lot going on, so we haven’t included the schedule of events her, but if you want more info head over here.
Zion Ranger Programs
Zion gets the lion’s share of Southern Utah’s annual visitors, so it likes to host a bunch of ranger-led programs during the summer. These are usually very well attended, and some even require you to make a reservation. But they are really awesome, so if you’re planning a vacation, plan on scheduling in a few of these programs.
- Guided Ranger Walk – 8am at the Zion Visitor Center. Explore the Pa’rus Trail along the Virgin River with a ranger.
- Ride With a Ranger – 9am on the Zion Shuttle. See Zion Canyon through a ranger’s eyes. Reservation required. Tickets are available at the Visitor Center, up to three days prior to departure.
- Family Walks (Saturdays only) – 10am at the Zion Human History Museum. Every Saturday from now until August 17, you and your family can join a ranger for an hour long walk.
- Patio Talk: Subjects Vary – 11am at the Human History Museum.
- Patio Talk: Water, Rocks, and Time – 2pm at the Human History Museum.
- Patio Talk: Subjects Vary – 4pm at the Human History Museum.
- Zion Lodge Evening Program – 8pm at the Zion Lodge Auditorium.
- Watchman Evening Program – May through July at 9.15pm. August at 8.45pm. Located at the Watchman Campground Amphitheater.
The More You Know…
Of course these are only some of the cool educational programs happening in Southern Utah’s national parks this summer. So if you want to learn more about what’s going on in your favorite park, check out the nps.gov website. And stay curious!