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July, 2018
Education, Nature

Pando – The Trembling Giant

If you’ve ever driven from Salt Lake City to Capitol Reef National Park, then you’ve seen Pando – earth’s largest organism! Pando is a tree. Or more accurately, Pando is a clonal tree colony. What appears to be a forest of thousands of single quaking aspen trees […]

The Wahweap Hoodoos

If you’ve spent any time wandering around Southern Utah, then you are probably familiar with hoodoos. They are some of the strangest geological formations to be found in the deserts of the American West. Plenty of people are aware of the hoodoos of Goblin Valley, […]

April, 2018
Nature, Travel

Arches and Bridges: Our List

Southern Utah has a lot of amazing scenery, but one of the coolest features is it’s concentration of natural bridges and arches. If you want to see the best arches and bridges in the state, start by visiting the places on the following list. They’re […]

January, 2018
Education, Nature

Super Blue Blood Moon Hike

Bryce Canyon wants to show you the moon. They’ve got a program in the park where you can take a guided hike in the middle of the night. A park ranger will take you in among the sandstone hoodoos, and show you the world of […]

Free Days 2018

What’s the only thing better than visiting a national park? Getting in for free! Every year the National Park Service selects certain days to be Fee Free Park Days. It’s a great reason to get outside and play in the most amazing places in the […]

December, 2017
Nature, Outdoor adventures

Caineville Badlands and Factory Butte

If you drive from the town of Torrey, into Capitol Reef National Park, past the visitor center, through the cottonwood trees and towering sandstone cliffs, and leave the park, you’ll find yourself in the Caineville Badlands. This area only 25-miles from Capitol Reef, but is […]

November, 2017
Nature, Outdoor adventures

3 Winter Hikes

Throughout the winter, some of the trails in Capitol Reef are better for hiking than others. Some trails might have snow on the ground in shady places, or might be too cold in the shadows of the canyon walls. So we at the Lodge at […]

October, 2017
Nature, Travel

Horseshoe Bend

There is one section of the Colorado River that you’ve got to check out. It’s one of the most photographed spots in the American Southwest, a truly impressive spectacle of nature – we’re talking about Horseshoe Bend. The erosive power of the Colorado River has […]

September, 2017
Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

The San Rafael Swell is Swell

You know about Goblin Valley – we’ve mentioned it once or twice on this blog – but did you know that Goblin Valley State Park is actually part of a larger geological area called the San Rafael Swell? And it’s actually a pretty cool place. […]

August, 2017
Nature, Outdoor adventures

Fall Color Adventures

It’s the end of August, and that means autumn is fast approaching. In the mountain ranges of Southern Utah, the colors of fall will soon begin to show. September is a great time to explore the high-altitude regions of the state, in all their colorful […]