Torrey Utah & Capitol Reef NP

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Torrey Utah

Located in South Central Utah and named for one of President Theodore Roosevelt's Rough Riders, the town of Torrey is the Gateway to Capitol Reef National Park Read More

  • Torrey is the gateway to Capitol Reef, just 8 miles form the park entrance.
  • Visit Torrey's cafes, gift shops, bookstores, and galleries.
  • Take a hike on nearby Boulder Mountain.
  • The Torrey Historic Schoolhouse was built in 1898.
  • Capitol Reef National Park is open year round and has no entrance fee. 

Overview

Torrey Utah is in Wayne County and has a population of 171 people and an elevation of 6830 feet, and the clocks are set to Mountain Standard Time.

Location

Torrey is located on Utah Highway 24 in Wayne County, in South Central Utah, just eight miles from the entrance to Capitol Reef.

Services

Torrey has a handful of small hotels, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and an RV Park. 

Activities

Stroll through town and visit a handful of fly shops, bookstores, art galleries, and restaurants.  Explore some of the local landscape, take a hike on nearby Boulder Mountain or Thousand Lake Mountain, or drive 8 miles to Capitol Reef National Park and explore the Waterpocket Fold and the Fruita Historical District.  Torrey also has rental companies that specialize in bikes, jeeps, and horseback riding. 

Attractions

  • The Historic Torrey Schoolhouse
    Built in 1898, this one story log schoolhouse also served as a meeting house for Torrey's mormon community. 
  • Boulder Mountain
    Located in the Dixie National Forest, on the Aquarius Plateau, Boulder Mountain rises 11000 feet above Capitol Reef National Park.  Hiking trails climb through stands of pine, fir, spruce, and aspen.   
  • Thousand Lake Mountain
    Located in the Fishlake National Forest, Northeest of Capitol Reef, Thousand Lake Mountain is covered in boulders, while Boulder Mountain is covered in lakes, the name mix up probably due to a cartographer's error. 
  • Capitol Reef National Park
    Only 8 miles from Torrey, Capitol Reef offers excellent hiking, camping, wildlife viewing, and climbing opportunities.  Visit the Waterpocket Fold District or learn about the early settlers at Historic Fruita, while harvesting baskets of fruits and nuts in one of the 18 orchards.   

Getting Here

Torrey is known as the Gateway to Capitol Reef National Park because of its close proximity to the park entrance.  Follow Utah Highway 24 East from Torrey eight miles to the Capitol Reef entrance

Fun Facts

Western legends Zane Grey and Butch Cassidy both visited Torrey.