Torrey Utah - Capital Reef NP and Arches National Park
We pulled into Torrey Utah May 25, 2023, and enjoyed a great 10-night stay. The campground we parked in was wonderful – Thousand Lakes RVPark nestled in a private section of the town amongst the trees with the red rocks filling the background.
|Thousand Lakes RV Park
This campground did have a lot to offer, they had FHUs,
back-in, pull-in sites along with a tent camping area, cabins, and even an
on-site restaurant. There was a pool for your enjoyment. As we did spend the
Memorial Day weekend there it was a wonderful place for families to relax and enjoy
While in Torrey we visited Capital Reef National Park and
did one day of hiking. This park has some beautiful aspects, still not even
close to Zion, but taking advantage of stretching our legs and hiking a bit, is
an opportunity we never turn down.
|Capitol Reef National Park
If you are up for the challenge, these two hikes are doable
in one day.
Hickman Bridge: Just two miles east of the Capitol Reef
visitor center, the trailhead to Hickman Bridge offers an easy, spectacularly
scenic trek up to a large natural arch. The trail is not particularly long or
steep, it’s considered as an “easy” hike if you are looking for something
leisurely. The trail is approximately 2 miles roundtrip.
|A view from Hickman Bridge
Rim Overlook Trail: This trail is considered
moderate/challenging. It is 4.3 miles out and back. Once you reach to top you
will have reaped your reward. I will say the out up to the rim, is, of course,
all uphill. Some sections will level out for a bit, but then you start
climbing. The trail is marked fairly well and you have an elevation gain of
|Another view of Rim Overlook
My advice if you are planning to hike these two trails,
start early because parking is very difficult as the morning progresses. Dress
for the weather as neither trail is shaded well at all. Bring water and snacks
and take your time.
Once you reach the top of the rim there are wonderful
picture opportunities so don’t forget to bring your camera! Happy Hiking.
On another day we did the drive to Moab, Utah, and visited
Arches National Park. We were not able to do any hiking as we had our dog with
us, however, the rock formations are “out of this world.” It’s unimaginable how
some of them formed due to the harsh weather in this part of the state.
|Arches National Park
|Here we are just as we entered the park
This is a National Park where you will need to make
reservations before entering. They have a times entry which is wonderful
because it keeps the lines of cars and crowds of people to a minimum.
We entered at 11:00 am and immediately went to the visitor's center. While there we obtained our maps and information for our day. We did a
drive through the park following the maps they provided and were able to pull
over and snap pictures of the scenic sites.
While in Torrey, Mark noticed that we were having some
issues with our clutch in our 2016 Crosstrek and called ahead to the Subaru
dealer in Grand Junction, who quickly accommodated us.
We left Torrey three days early and made our way to Grand
Junction, Colorado. The campground we were staying in was nice enough to
reimburse us for the three nights we were not able to stay. (That is unheard
of.) Usually, if you leave early, you eat those days without being reimbursed.
Another bonus for this campground that we highly recommend.