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Filmed in Utah

The other day we made a Facebook post about Monument Valley, and how it became the face of the Old West, thanks in large part to two John Ford films that where shot there. And that got us thinking about all the movies […]

Canyonlands: In-depth

We’ve done Arches, we’ve done Bryce, now it’s time to do Canyonlands! As you know, we’re starting this year off with a series of posts that deep-dive into each of the national parks. Obviously, we’ve written about the parks before, a lot [..]

November, 2019
Education, Historical places

Fremont Indian State Park

We at the Lodge love discovering little gems in Southern Utah – the places that most people drive right past, or that are a little tricky to get to. And we love suggesting these gems on our blog, so that you can discover […]

April, 2019
Historical places, Travel

The Gifford House History

So, as you probably know, Capitol Reef has a handful of old buildings throughout the main section of the park. Most of them are located in the (now-defunct) town of Fruita. The residents of Fruita may be gone, but the history of the place is preserved in […]

Jurassic National Monument

Hey! Guess what? Utah is getting a new national monument! The John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (that’s a mouth-full) was passed into law earlier this month. The act sets aside 1.3 million acres of land for conservation […]

February, 2019
Historical places, Travel

Bears Ears and Beyond

There’s so much to learn about Southern Utah. The history of this part of the western United States is incredibly rich – especially in regards to the native tribes that lived here. So image that you want to discover first-hand the Native American history […]

Grand Gulch Exploration

So you’ve probably heard about Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. We’ve written about it here before. It’s the park with all the Native American cliff dwellings, remember? You can walk among the city ruins of the these ancient peoples, soak […]

February, 2018
Historical places

Grafton is a Ghost Town

Southern Utah is mostly desert. Which is spectacular to look at, but it can be a hard place to live. Before the conveniences of modernity, several communities in Utah fell victim to the harsh environment. In fact, Utah boasts of having more than a hundred […]

August, 2017
Historical places, Nature

Fruita Orchards of Capitol Reef

One of the most unique aspects of Capitol Reef is the Fruita Orchards. Long before Capitol Reef was a national anything, the residents of Fruita lived and farmed among the red cliffs. And fortunately for us, Capitol Reef now protects and preserves the Fruita orchards […]

Capitol Reef is 80!

Hey, it’s almost Capitol Reefs Birthday! On August 2nd the park will celebrate 80 years of conservation! Capitol Reef actually started out as a national monument. It was President Franklin D Roosevelt who declared the area a monument in 1937. And in 1971, President Nixon […]