It’s no secret that a large percentage of visitors to Torrey, Utah and Cougar Ridge come for the beautiful nearby national and state parks, with Capitol Reef National Park being the most popular destination. But in their rush to check out the local landmarks or go for a hike, many new guests overlook the other incredible activities you can enjoy, most without even leaving the property. Keep reading to learn 7 must-try amenities that you didn’t know you could enjoy at Cougar Ridge.
1. A Private Rodeo
If you’ve ever dreamed of watching real, live cowboys and girls zip around barrels or twirl a perfect lasso, now if your chance. Skip the crowds and lines of a traditional rodeo and instead bring the fun right to your own [temporary] backyard with a private rodeo.
For a fee, we’ll set up a full rodeo, complete with local cowboys and cowgirls. You’ll get the chance to watch them showcase their talents in a fast-paced show of skill. Plus, after the rodeo you can ask them any questions you may have about their sport.
Whether you’re hosting a corporate retreat or simply bringing your family on vacation, a private rodeo is certain to be an experience that your guests won’t soon forget. You can even add a BBQ to the event to extend the fun.
2. Grill It Yourself
A backyard grill out is the ultimate American family meal. But it’s also a luxury that’s rarely enjoyed while traveling. Take advantage of Torrey’s gorgeous weather and get a taste of home with one of our Grill It Yourself packages.
We offer a variety of grilling packages. Each gives you the chance to choose from a variety of meats, salads, side, and desserts. Choose what you’d like to enjoy before your trip and we’ll deliver your supplies during your stay when you’re ready for your grill out.
Your room includes access to the back deck where you can light up the grill and make your own home-cooked meal, even if you’re miles and miles from your real home. We’ll supply everything you need-all you have to bring is your appetite and your mean-grilling skills.
3. Relax in a Sauna or Get a Massage
Saunas and massage therapists are often a perk only afforded to those staying in high-end resorts. At Cougar Ridge, you still get the privacy and other benefits of a luxury vacation rental, without having to give up on relaxation.
We offer a variety of massage and spa treatments that can be brought right to you in your Casita or your room in the Lodge. All you have to do is call ahead to book your session.
4. Learn a New Skill
For many people, an ideal vacation is one that includes plenty of rest and relaxation. Others relish the chance to learn something new.
If you fall into that second category, this next amenity is for you. Cougar Ridge can provide or arrange for a variety of learning activities that you can enjoy during your stay.
Break out that camera you never learned to use and take a photography class. Get up close and personal with one of the region’s most popular forms of transport, horses, as you learn about their care and training. You can also enjoy lectures, painting classes, courses in beer and wine making, and more.
5. Go Stargazing
Torrey, Utah is one of more than 60 certified or soon-to-be certified International Dark Sky Parks and Communities located around the world. This means that local businesses and homeowners alike have taken measures to reduce light pollution. This includes minimizing outdoor lighting and using better bulbs or shielded lights when outdoor lights are necessary.
For visitors to the area, the chance to experience the dark sky as you’ve probably never seen it before is an opportunity that should not be missed. We can help you host your very own Dark Sky party so that you and your guests can take in the unspoiled night sky and learn about the planets and constellations.
The state has the most certified dark sky parks and communities concentrated in one area, making stargazing one of the best things to do in Utah!
6. Take a Llama Along for Your Hike
While early settlers in Utah might have relied on donkeys and horses to carry their gear, today, visitors to the area utilize a different pack animal. We can arrange for you a llama hike, during which one of these cute, fluffy creatures will help carry your pack on your hike.
Choose from a shorter 2-hour hike or a longer, full-day adventure with your new furry friend.
7. Browse an Art Gallery
With a population of just 243 people, Torrey, Utah might seem like the last place to be home to an art gallery. However, the city is actually home to two! These fabulous galleries are great for browsing on a hot day or for finding that unique souvenir that you’ll treasure for years to come!
Planning Your Cougar Ridge Adventure
Whether you’re eager to watch a rodeo or want to relax with a massage or a night of stargazing, we have an activity for you! If you don’t see something here you like or want to learn more, check out our other on-site and off-site activities.