Utah National Parks
There are 13 national parks in the state of Utah and many of them are within driving distance from your hotel in Torrey, Utah. Less than 10 miles from Capitol Reef Resort, you will find Capitol Reef National Park known by the Navajo as the “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow”. If you’re up for a short drive, take a trip to Arches National Park. Locals say you will never forget your first look at The Delicate Arch.
Visit Some of Utah’s
Nearby National Parks
Capitol Reef National Park
A quick 10 minute drive from our hotel in Torrey, UT – Capitol Reef National Park dates back to the early Archaic hunters and gatherers in our country. Take a short hike across the Hickman Bridge or pick some delicious in season fruit! Make sure to stop by the Petroglyph Panel where etchings in rock walls and painted pictographs remain as sacred remnants of the ancient Indians’ saga.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park hosts the most stunning delicate archways and balanced rock formations native to Utah. With thousands of arches, spires and pinnacles, there is plenty to see at this iconic national park. Hike or four-wheel drive your way through the scenery, or if you’d rather, mountain bike some of the parks 76,359 acres of land. Locals say the best time to visit Arches National Park is at sunrise or sunset!
Take a little drive…
The Grand Canyon
With over 5 million visitors per year this national park and historic American destination is a great pit stop on the drive to our hotel near Capitol Reef. Whether you pull off on one of their many scenic overlooks or take a hike into the famous canyon, The Grand Canyon will never disappoint. Canyon flyovers are available via helicopter or plane and don’t miss out on your chance for a mule ride into the canyon!
Bryce Canyon, located in Southwestern Utah is named after Mormon pioneer Ebenezer Bryce but known for its Hoodoos, or odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion. Visit the historic location where the early settlers made this area their home, or take a horse back ride through the color rich canyons known as the Forest of Stone.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park dates back to 6,000 B.C. making it Utah’s First National Park. Original settlers of the area hunted camel, giant sloth and even mammoth. Although these species have long since died out in Utah, there is still plenty to see and do at Zion National Park. Canyoneering, backpacking and Kolob Canyon sightseeing are just a few of the activities perfect for day trips to this area.