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Activities

Everything from Horseback Riding to Napping

At Red Canyon Lodge, we offer a wide range of activities for kids, seniors and everyone in-between. Enjoy everything from horseback riding to boating in our peaceful lakes. Or if you're looking to relax, we promise to find a nice quiet spot in the shade for a little afternoon nap for you.

Red Canyon Stables are open late May through early September. Our expert wranglers know how to create an enjoyable horseback ride and might even regal you with a tall tale or two. One hour and tow hour scenic rides are our specialty, but we also offer hand-led stable rides for the little ones.

You can spend all week here and never leave the lodge grounds, but just in case you are in the mood to wander, we are located right next to one of the West's premier outdoor playgrounds. The Flaming Gorge Reservoir, high Uinta Mountains and the mighty Green River are just around the corner, promising a full day of boating, rafting, hiking, biking and fishing.

Red Canyon Lodge offers a variety of boats and mountain bikes for rent. If you have any other recreation gear needs while you are visiting Flaming Gorge Country, just ask our staff at the front desk. They will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Visit our FAQs page for information about distances and area road conditions.

Horseback RidingEveryone is welcome at Red Canyon Stables. It is a perfect way to experience the beauty and wildlife of the surrounding National Forest.

Our experienced wranglers offer a wide range of horseback riding adventures. Choose from stable rides for the littlest ones to hourly, two-hour and half-day trips. We also offer private instruction in saddling, care and advanced riding techniques.Please note that all of our guided rides are at an easy wlaking pace.

Red Canyon Stables are open daily from late May to early September (as long as Mother Nature cooperates!).

Stable rides are the perfect horseback experience for those children who are not quite ready to handle a horse on the longer trail rides. This short, gentle ride is hand-guided by our experienced wranglers. 

Click here to view our Horseback Riding FAQs

Horseback Riding Rates

 
 
 
 
1 hour
$35.00
 
 
2 hour
$60.00
 
 
Half Day
$125.00
(includes lunch)
 
Stable
$15.00
 
 

Private Lesson $60 per hour
 

Rules of the Trail:

  • All rides are fully guided with one rider allowed per horse
  • Minimum of 2 persons required for any trail ride (except Stable Rides)
  • Children must be at least 6 years old to go on any trail rides (except Stable Rides)
  • Sorry, no pregnant riders and no riders over 250 lbs.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled ride.

Interested in exploring the fishing wonders of the High Uinta Mountains backcountry on horseback? We are excitied to announce a new partnership with Western Rivers Fishing Guides on overnight horse pack trips. Experienced wranglers and expert fishing guides will provide a first class angling experience. Click here for more information on one or the hottest new adventures in the Rockies!

Private Lake FishingOur private lakes offer serenity and plenty of big fish. Escape the crowds while fishing on our well-stocked East Greens Lake. Trophy trout are waiting right outside your cabin door. It's a perfect place to unwind or practice that cast. East Greens Lake (rainbow trout) and West Greens Lake (brook trout) are available to all overnight guests and daily visitors.

In 2003, we installed a fully accessible fishing pier on West Greens Lake to compliment its existing nature trail and picnic sites. And while you don't need a state fishing license for our fishing, you do need a private Red Canyon Lodge Permit. When you're ready to go, just check in with us regarding fees and our strict catch and release regulations.

Click here to view our East and West Green’s Lakes FAQs.

Click here to download our Private Lake Fishing Brochure.

 

 

Kids StuffTake the kids to an outdoor wonderland. Never again will you have to fight boredom on your family vacation. There is so much for children to do and see at Red Canyon Lodge that you may have to "tether" the kids to your wrist to keep from losing them!

Every kid should grow up with a favorite fishing hole. Give your kids the one that is right in front of our restaurant. Finish your meal in peace on our outside patio as you watch your child angle for feisty rainbow trout and the odd duck just a few feet away. Made especially for children up to 12 years old, it is the perfect introduction into the wonderful world of angling. It's also a great place for the seasoned youngster to land the big one.

Of course, most kids are so excited by feeding the ducks that they forget all about the free fishing! And if that doesn't grab them, how about a cruise around the lake in one of our rental paddleboats or canoes? That is, if you can fit it in after riding horses for the day.

Note: The Kids Fishing Pond is re-stocked every Spring and is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Boat RentalsWe've always felt that the best way to enjoy our private lakes is to float out in the middle of them. Red Canyon Lodge carries a variety of rental boats to help you achieve that goal. Pick from our little navy of sturdy rowboats, sleek canoes or fun paddleboats that rent by the hour or all day.

New for 2014 is our addition of stand-up paddle boards and tandem kayaks. these types of paddling are one of the fastest growing outdoor sports in the country and the Lodge is proud to offer this new option on our scenic private lake. Rates start at only $15/hour for either craft.

We also have a few float-tubes hanging around for more serious fishing guests. With rates as low as $8 per hour, it's hard to resist.

Of course, we hope you don't mind sharing the lake with the locals...the osprey, the moose and the mule deer that call it home!

 

 

Hiking

While you are here, spend an hour or the day getting out on some of the great hiking trails in the area. Would you believe that one of the most scenic trails starts right outside your cabin door? The Red Canyon Rim Trail is an easy walk to scenic overlooks and a US Forest Service Visitor Center. Other trails in Flaming Gorge range from a spectacular river walk to high alpine adventures.

Free trail maps are available at the Lodge, or you can click here for detailed descriptions and trail maps for excursions that range from easy to advanced. And make sure you pack your camera, because stunning scenic views and abundant wildlife await you around every corner!

 

 

 

 

 

Mountain BikingRed Canyon Lodge is surrounded by superb mountain biking terrain. In fact, our most scenic trail starts right out your cabin door! Trails are available for all experience and fitness levels, and all are surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. Grab a free trail map, rent one of our cushy mountain bikes and we'll catch you at dinnertime. And should you decide to turn your rock hopping into a picnic – we'll make a delicious box lunch for you.

Mountain Bikes rent for $12/hour, $20/half day and $36/full day.
     Get a free souvenir water bottle with each ful day rental!

You can click here for detailed trail descriptions and maps in the Flaming Gorge area.

 

 

HuntingELITE OUTFITTERS will maximize your hunting experience in the Ashley National Forest. Our hunts are on 100,000 acres of the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and surrounding BLM public lands. We offer guided hunts for mule deer, bull elk, antelope, moose, Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep, bear, and cougar. Our hunters have the choice of luxurious cabins, or a classic outfitter camp with large wall tents with wood-burning stoves. Camps will be set-up prior to the arrival of our guests. Elite Outfitters are the authorized hunting guides for Red Canyon Lodge under an Outfitter Guide Permit for the Ashley National Forest and are owned and operated by Steve Mahler.

Utah Deer Hunt

General Season Permits can be purchased in June on a first-come first-serve basis from the Utah Wildlife Division Offices. Applications for limited entry Buck Deer are available in January. Land owner permits are available if arrangements are made early.

Utah Elk Hunt

General Season Permits can be purchased by residents in June on a first-come, first-serve basis from the division offices. Limited entry bull elk applications are available in January. Land owner permits are available if arrangements are made early.

Utah Antelope Hunt

Applications will be available in January.

Utah Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep

Applications will be available in January.

Utah Bear Hunt

Applications will be available in February. Bear hunting with dogs is very exciting and allows hunters to harvest mature animals.

HuntingUtah Cougar Hunt

Applications for limited entry permits will be available in September, and harvest-objective permits are available over-the-counter in December. If you enjoy the solitude of a fresh blanket of snow on a mountain landscape and the excitement of a chase for Rocky Mountain's most elusive predator, then this hunt is for you!

Our hunts include five days of hunting, transportation from Vernal, Utah, lodging and meals. All hunts require a 50% deposit (money order or cashier's check).

Elite Outfitters
PO Box 189
Vernal, Utah 84078
435-789-0818 Bus.
435-828-8009 Cell
435-789-0537 Fax
Email: [email protected]
www.eliteoutfittersutah.com

For more information on hunting, go to the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources website: www.wildlife.utah.gov.

Winter Experience a different wilderness during the winter. The snow absorbs every sound and highlights the wildlife in stark relief. Just you and a warm fire and the cold starry skies.

Whether it's our fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, great scenic views or abundance of watchable wildlife – it's all here, without the crowds of summer. If you want the Green River all to yourself (literally), then this is your time.