For those travelers who long for the beauty and adventure offered in Utah’s many National Parks but wish to escape the crowds, Torrey, UT offers up a great escape. Torrey rests in the thin stretch between Fish Lake National Forrest to the north, and Dixie National Forrest to the south. Torrey also stands just outside (west) of Capitol Reef National Park, which seems to be all but unexplored by the American tourists, who flock to Zion, Bryce, Canyonlands and Arches in droves. According to locals, Europeans seem to know more about Capitol Reef than Americans do. Consider this your good fortune should you choose to visit – Capitol Reef is a true find with stunning scenery of multi-hued, layered rock, and all the attending outdoor interests that accompany it. Remote and isolated in the midst of such staggering beauty, the people of Torrey have quietly gone about their business with a strong sense of identity and connection to place.
As one might suspect -surrounded by such vast and spectacular wilderness- outstanding outdoor opportunities abound, from cycling and mountain biking to fishing, hiking and canyoneering.
Additionally, Torrey has some outstanding culinary and cultural attractions –surprising for a town of such sparse population and remoteness- and visitors will find several noteworthy eating establishments in which the traveler can enjoy a commitment to locally harvested and creatively crafted fare.
Elevation: Approx 7,000 feet
Avg Temp in January: 38/18
Avg Temp in July: 90/63
Known for: GCapitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – hiking, mountain biking, canyoneering, fly fishing, horse rides