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Our Blog.
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We love Southern Utah. And we love writing about all the adventures we have. So we combined our two passions, and created this – the Blog at Red River Ranch.

Our blog has hundreds of articles, detailing the exciting things you can do in Southern Utah. Think of it like a casual, travel-advice column written by those with insider information. We hope you find it helpful.

January, 2024
Education, Nature

Biological Soil Crusts and You!

If you’ve ever been hiking in the deserts of Southern Utah, then you’ve probably come across strange, blackish bumps in the sand, about an inch or two tall. And you may have wondered to yourself, “What the heck are these […]

January, 2024
Outdoor adventures, Travel

Capitol Reef in Winter

It’s January! And as we’ve mentioned before, Southern Utah, despite being a desert does have a winter season. Complete with occasional snow and ice. But it also has more sunny days than most parts of the United States during this season which means it’s a pretty great […]

Free Park Days in 2024!

You know what’s better than visiting the national parks? Visiting the national parks and getting in for free! And every year the National Park Service designates a few days during the coming year when the entrance fee is waived. And […]

December, 2023
Lodge Announcements

Year in Review: 2023

Another year is over! We blogged about a lot of things this year, and covered a lot of topics. This past year was a big one, so let’s take a look back at the some of the more memorable posts that we wrote in 2023. This is the Blog at Red River Ranch: Year in Review […]

December, 2023
Lodge Announcements

Fee and Permit Changes in Zion

Some pretty big changes are coming to Zion. Starting next month, on January 5, 2024, Zion National Park will change it’s fee structure for all campgrounds in the park. The park will also switch to using recreation.gov […]

November, 2023
Nature

Factory Butte Wallpaper

A couple of months ago, Apple released its new operating system for Mac computers. And they did something pretty cool with the desktop wallpapers and screensavers – they filmed scenes from Southern Utah to make dynamic landscapes […]

November, 2023
Lodge Announcements

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! And just like millions of Americans, we are thinking about what we are grateful for. It’s a long list. But here are a couple that we want to mention here: First and foremost we are grateful for all of the guests that […]

November, 2023
Outdoor adventures, Travel

Zion vs Bryce: Pros and Cons of Each Park

A little while ago, we wrote a blog post about how to choose between Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, if you could only see one. And since we got a lot of positive feedback from readers on that one, we thought we’d do the same for Zion and Bryce […]

October, 2023
Historical places, Nature

It’s Halloweekend!

Halloween is on Tuesday (happy Halloween, everybody!) so we’re thinking about all sorts of spooky things. And believe it or not, there are a lot of Halloween-esque locations in Southern Utah. Places that seem just a little too unreal, like eery rock formations and forgotten […]

October, 2023
Nature, Outdoor adventures, Travel

October Hiking

There is a good case to be made that fall is the best time of year to visit Southern Utah and Capitol Reef. The weather is cooler, the crowds have thinned at the national parks, and the summer monsoons have passed. These conditions open up a lot of trails that might have been a bit too […]