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5 Ways to Experience Torrey, Utah Besides Hiking

May 5, 2022 | Capitol Reef National Park, Cougar Ridge Lodge, Our Blog, Things to do in Utah | 0 comments

Planning a stay at private villas in Torrey Utah? You’re no doubt making plans to enjoy nearby Capitol Reef National Park, and the park’s most popular activity; hiking. But while hitting the trails is a great way to experience the unique beauty and incredible landscapes of Capitol Reef, it’s far from the only activity you’ll want to enjoy while in Torrey.

During your stay at Torrey, Utah hotels, there are an endless number of outdoor activities available. From off-roading to horseback riding and everything in between, there’s something for everyone and every group to enjoy. Planning a stay at our beautiful private villas in Torrey Utah? Keep reading to learn a few ways to experience Torrey besides hiking.

1. Canyoneering

Southern Utah is home to one of the world’s largest collections of slot canyons. There are a few slot canyons that you can hike in and out of. But to explore many of the region’s best slot canyons, you’ll need to go canyoneering.

Canyoneering is an outdoor activity that combines hiking, climbing, rappelling, scrambling, and more to help you get from point a to point b within narrow slot canyons. You’ll use a system of harnesses and ropes to navigate rocky cliffs and steep canyon walls. Because of the level of fitness and the technical skills required, canyoneering in Southern Utah isn’t for beginners. 

But if you want to experience it, you can book an excursion and join an experienced guide to try canyoneering for the first time! Excursions of Escalante is just one of the tour companies offering canyoneering adventures in the region. 

2. Off-roading

Want to get off the beaten path without having to hike? An off-roading tour is a great choice. An off-road adventure along the Waterpocket Fold or elsewhere near Torrey, Utah is both a chance for sightseeing and a heart-pounding adventure. This is also a great option for families with kids or those who may not be able to hike to remote locations in the park. 

When you stay at our villas near Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll have plenty of options for off-road adventures. Sleeping Rainbow Adventures offers off-road Jeep tours on the Waterpocket Fold, as well as in Cathedral Valley and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

3. Fly Fishing

Think that Southern Utah is all desert? Think again! One great way to experience Torrey, Utah in a whole new way is with a fly fishing excursion. With the help of an experienced guide, you’ll cast a line in the Fremont River in search of rainbow trout, brook trout, and more. 

Whether you’re an avid fisherman or just want to try something new during your next stay at our villas in Torrey Utah, a fly fishing excursion is a great choice. Fremont River Guides is one excursion company offering fly fishing trips in Capitol Reef National Park.

4. Mountain Biking

The rocky landscapes of Capitol Reef and the surrounding area make it a destination for mountain bikers from around the world. Rent a bike or bring your own, and you’ll have a number of trails and routes to choose from. You can ride the 19 miles of Capitol Reef Scenic Drive for a leisurely cruise, or take on some of the challenging trails of Boulder Mountain.

5. Stargazing

Another incredible perk of staying in villas near Capitol Reef National Park that many first-time guests don’t know? On clear nights, you’ll be treated to an incredible night sky that you likely don’t get to see at home. 

Capitol Reef is a certified International Dark Sky Park. This means that the park—as well as much of the surrounding area, experiences little light pollution and incredible displays of stars. The park itself takes measures to reduce light pollution by using special lights on park facilities designed to direct light downward.

Whether you head into the park or simply relax on the patio of your villa, stargazing is a must-do activity at least once during your trip—or once each night!

Planning Your Stay at Our Private Villas in Torrey Utah

Whether you want to see a different side of Torrey during your next visit or want a break from hiking, there are plenty of other things to see and do in the area. 

Staying in one of our private villas in Torrey Utah is a great way to stay close to the action while feeling like you’re a world away. Capitol Reef National Park is just a short drive away, making it easy to head to the park for a morning hike or other adventure, then head back to your villa for some rest and relaxation in the afternoon.

And after a long day of outdoor adventures, Cougar Ridge has plenty of on-site activities and amenities to enjoy. Villa guests can relax in the hot tub, grill dinner on their private patio, or take a stroll around the property and visit our resident ranch animals.

Ready to start planning your own outdoor adventure? Book your private villas in Torrey Utah today!

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