Capitol Reef National Park

Located off Highway 24 in south-central Utah, in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure. Filled with domes and bridges, the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic monocline (a wrinkle on the earth), extend almost 100 miles.  Capitol Reef’s name came from the early pioneers who believed the white, dome-shaped rock formations resembled the U.S. Capitol Building. Transcend time with history and scenic beauty as you cruise the gentle, winding roads. Make sure you include a hike to Cassidy Arch, named after the infamous outlaw, Butch Cassidy; Panorama Point, a scenic vista overlooking the Sulphur Creek goosenecks; Chimney Rock, a towering stone steeple, along the highway west of the visitor centre and Hickman Bridge, a photogenic natural bridge that can be seen at the end of a short hike. Leave time to explore the Native American and pioneer culture. Visit historic Fruita and Gifford Homestead and examine the petroglyphs of the ancient Fremont people. Pick fruit in season and enjoy fresh-baked fruit pies at this historic homestead. Year-round activities include off-road exploration on rough Jeep roads, biking, hiking, horse riding, photography and wildlife watching.

Torrey

The pretty town of Torrey is the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park and is considered one of Southern Utah’s jewels.

Torrey was settled in the 1880’s by Mormon pioneers, attracted by the great source of water flowing from Thousand Lake Mountain. It was seen many famous visitors, including Butch Cassidy, Maynard Dixon Zane Grey, John Wesley Powell and Wallace Stegner. Currently, there’s a mixture of the descendants of the pioneers and a variety of newcomers, favouring the vast hiking opportunities in the surrounding mountains and canyons.

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