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Why Cougar Ridge Beats a Hotel Every Time

Jan 26, 2020 | Cougar Ridge Lodge | 0 comments

Planning a visit to Capitol Reef National Park? In the middle of choosing which trails to hike or maybe scheduling an off-road adventure, you have a big decision to make; where to stay.

Torrey, Utah has a sprinkling of hotels, motels, vacation rentals, and campgrounds to choose from. But while it may just seem like you’re picking a place to rest your head after a long day of fun, this might just be the most important detail you pick for your vacation.

Keep reading to learn why Cougar Ridge beats a hotel for your Capitol Reef adventure every time.


Room to Stretch Out

Group getaways are a wonderful way to bring your entire family together, spend quality time with old friends, or otherwise enjoy a special vacation. But the logistics of a group trip can be a bit tricky. You don’t just need room for everyone to sleep. If you want to spend any time together, you also need some room to stretch out, where you can sit and talk, share a meal, or maybe play some games.

You aren’t likely to find any of those things in your standard hotel or motel unless you all want to cram into one of your rooms and sprawl out on the bed. But when you opt for more creative lodgings, you can get access to great rooms, dining room tables, and other amenities of home that make it easy to hang out with the people you’re traveling with.

Cozy Up to the Fireplace

Winter is a great time to visit Capitol Reef. Fewer crowds, beautiful snowy views, and plenty of winter activities make it unique this time of year. But winter also means cooler temperatures.

After a long day of fun outdoors, nothing beats curling up in front of a roaring fireplace. Expect maybe taking a dip in a steaming hot tub, which you’ll also find on-site at Cougar Ridge!

A Full-Service Kitchen at Your Disposal

Torrey has a year-round population of just 171 people. While the Summer season does bring thousands of tourists to the area, the city is still fairly low on restaurant options. The Red Cliff Restaurant is a good spot for sandwiches or pizza after an afternoon hike. And the Saddlery Cowboy Bar and Steakhouse makes for a quirky dinner out.

But if you’re craving more delicious dining options, you’ll be grateful you decided to stay at The Grand Lodge at Cougar Ridge. With a full-service kitchen, catering options, and even the chance to grill your own BBQ, you can make or enjoy a tasty meal every night (or afternoon, or morning) of your vacation. Plus, if you’re traveling with a group, you won’t need to worry about pushing and pulling tables together or shouting over the noise of a restaurant. You’ll have all the space you need to dine with your family and enjoy your time together.

Wine at Your Finger Tips

You could pick up a bottle of wine and sip it while you perch on that lumpy hotel mattress. Or, you could stay at Cougar Ridge’s Lodge, where you can hand-select a glass or bottle from your very own private wine seller. That is, after you’ve enjoyed a custom tasting.

Movie Nights In

Torrey doesn’t have a movie theater. You’ll have to drive to nearby Bicknell to take in a movie on one of the two screens at the historic Bicknell Theater, though most days each of the two feature films play just once. If you chose a hotel for your vacay, your only other option is catching a pay-per-view or whatever is on TV on the screen in your room.

One unique feature of our Lodge is our Theater Room, where you can kick back and relax in your very own, private theater.

A Game Room

Movie nights aren’t the only way you can spend your time at Cougar Ridge. The game room at The Grand Lodge features a pool table and game table so you can start a little healthy competition with your friends or family.

Endless On-Site Activities

Hiking, taking a scenic drive, or even just sightseeing in Capitol Reef is a great way to spend a day. But if you’re looking for more, you won’t need to look very far when you stay at Cougar Ridge.

Grill-it Yourself BBQs, spa treatments, horseback riding, rodeos, and night sky parties are just a few of the on-site activities you could be enjoying during your stay.

Planning Your Stay at Cougar Ridge

Whether you’re looking for a place to relax with family and friends, want exciting on-site activities, or the amenities of home, Cougar Ridge beats a hotel or motel every time.

You don’t need to be traveling in a large group to enjoy all that Cougar Ridge has to offer. If you’re traveling with your spouse or small family, one of our Casitas gives you a private space and room to stretch out, as well as amenities like a kitchenette, hot tub access, a fireplace, and more.


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