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October, 2020
Outdoor adventures

Best Overlooks in Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef is full of amazing hikes that lead through amazing scenery. From plateaus, to rising monoliths, to narrow canyons, there’s so much to see. And we’ve covered a lot of it before. But, to us here at the Lodge, it’s the overlooks that are often […]

October, 2020
Nature, Outdoor adventures

Fall Colors 2020!

We at the Lodge love autumn! It’s cooler, it’s better for hiking, and it’s more colorful! You might not think about fall foliage when you think about Southern Utah, but in fact we are surrounded by some of the best fall colors in the country. The aspens that grow at the higher elevations […]

September, 2020
Nature, Outdoor adventures

Death Hollow Canyon

We just mentioned that September is one of the best months in which to hike in Southern Utah. It’s not so busy, it’s cooler, there’s no monsoon season – that’s are the condensed version of our reasoning. And since it’s September since we’ve been thinking about […]

September, 2020
Outdoor adventures

Fall Hikes in Capitol Reef

It’s starting to feel distinctly fall-ish in the mornings and evenings here in Southern Utah. Which is great news if you’re in the mood for hiking! The cooler weather means you can tackle some of the longer, more strenuous, or trickier trails. […]

August, 2020
Outdoor adventures, Travel

Zion: In-depth

This is the final entry into the Lodge at Red River Ranch’s In-Depth series, which covers the national parks in detail. And, fittingly, we’re doing Zion National Park last. Zion is the most popular of Utah’s parks, the most developed, and the most famous. In fact, it is […]

August, 2020
Outdoor adventures, Travel

Labor Day 2020

Summer is winding down, and it’s almost Labor Day again. Since, as we all know, this year has been a bit different, your kids may or may not be heading back to traditional school. But we can bet that your family could probably do with a little vacation regardless […]

August, 2020
Nature, Travel

Fremont River Hiking

There are tons of great hikes in Capitol Reef National Park. But two of the coolest in the Fruita area are the Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail and the Fremont River Trail. The first ascends to Johnson’s Mesa, and provides a great panoramic view. The second is an easy trail […]

Burr Trail: In-depth

So we started doing a series of in-depth reports on Utah’s national parks earlier this year. At this point we’ve written about Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, and Capitol Reef. (Zion National Park is almost done.) In the Capitol Reef post, we mentioned the Burr Trail as one of the best […]

July, 2020
Nature, Travel

Monsoon Season

Here in Southern Utah we have some pretty great scenery. And all of it – the narrow slot canyons, the sandstone monoliths, the natural arches and bridges, the sheer cliff walls, even the vast, shifting deserts – all of it was caused by the power of erosion […]

Fruit Season!

If you’ve ever been to Capitol Reef National Park, then you’ve undoubtedly seen the fruit orchards. (The actually are what give the old town it’s name: Fruita). The orchards are managed and maintained by the National Park Service, and when the fruit is ripe […]