Posted in: Nature, Outdoor adventures on April 10, 2020.
More Than Just Hiking
Southern Utah is famous for its scenery. And that’s why a lot of people visit – to get outside, stretch their legs, and go hiking in all this beauty. So it’s understandable that some guests never experience anything but the famous trails in the national parks. But there is a whole lot of other things to do in Southern Utah as well. And in a time when people need to stay socially distant, but also want to satisfy their need to be outside in the spring air – some of these other activities can be just the thing.
Southern Utah is a fisherman’s paradise. The lakes and the rivers near the Lodge at Red River Ranch are just packed with fish. We have the world-famous Fremont River in our back yard. In fact, if you’re staying with us, you can reserve a time for guided fishing on our section of the river. Contact Chunky Trout Outfitters to set that up. If you’re looking for other lakes and rivers to fish, try one of these. (Of course, some developed spots might be closed right now, so it’s best to check before you go.)
- Fish Lake
- Johnson Reservoir
- Sand Hollow Reservoir
- The Virgin River
- …and any of the lakes on Boulder Mountain
There’s more than one way to have fun on the trail! Consider renting, buying or bringing your own ATV to the thousands of miles of off-road trails here in Southern Utah. Some of the best of them run through the national forests, or other public land. You’ll be able to have the place practically to yourself. The Great Western Trail is a great place to start. And if you do want to rent an ATV or UTV, we know some people who can help with that.
Right now, must of the trailheads are closed in Southern Utah. But if you came here for the epic beauty of the place, you can fortunately still experience a lot of it. Many scenic roads are open to through traffic. Highway 12, Notom-Bullfrog Road, the Burr Trail. Maybe a nice, relaxing, safe drive through Capitol Reef and Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. (Quick note: if the road has a sign stating that it is for local residents only, please be respectful and don’t drive it. Find an alternate route.)
Plenty to Do, Plenty of Space
There’s a lot of space in Southern Utah. So it’s a great place to be outside in a safe way. Just be mindful and considerate of official CDC guidelines.