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The Best Off-Site Activities to Enjoy While Staying in Southern Utah Hotels

Dec 25, 2022 | Cougar Ridge Lodge, Surrounding Area, Things to do in Utah | 0 comments

There are plenty of things that make Cougar Ridge one of the best Southern Utah hotels. From our stunning Grand Lodge, which can accommodate larger groups, to our beautiful private Villas, which offer plenty of space and in-room amenities perfect for couples, families, small groups of friends, or solo travelers, our luxurious accommodations are one big reason. However, our wide range of on-site amenities doesn’t hurt, either!

You can’t book a private rodeo at your standard chain hotel. But you can at Cougar Ridge! You can also go bowling, book a private beer or wine-making class, join in a Night Sky Party, soak in the hot tub, and more!

Of course, you’ll no doubt want to get off the property and explore nearby Capitol Reef and Torrey, Utah during your stay, too. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the best off-site amenities to enjoy during your stay at Southern Utah hotels.

An Off-Road Adventure

Want to explore Capitol Reef’s stunning landscapes at a faster pace? A Jeep tour is a great choice! There are a variety of off-road tours available in and around Capitol Reef. 

One great option is the Waterpocket Fold Tour from Sleeping Rainbow Adventures. This five to seven-hour tour can accommodate between two and twelve guests. You’ll climb into your Jeeps, and take off on a mix of dirt and paved roads. You’ll explore Capitol Reef National Park, as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Optional off-road side trips will take you down a canyon to Strike Valley Overlook where you can enjoy a beautiful hike. You can also customize your adventure with a private yoga class or a picnic lunch box from a local cafe.

If you have your heart set on exploring the region’s stunning backcountry in an off-road adventure, keep in mind that tours may not be available during the winter months. Sleeping Rainbow Adventures offers off-road Jeep tours in Southern Utah from March to early November each year. 

Utah Llama Trekking

While it might not be as high-speed as a Jeep Tour, Utah llama trekking is another unique way to explore Southern Utah. On this special adventure, you’ll hit the trails alongside a llama, who can help carry your gear on your trek.

If you’re looking to add this off-site activity to your next stay at Southern Utah hotels in Torrey, Utah, you’ll want to book through Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas. This local company offers a variety of Utah llama trekking tours in Capitol Reef. A shorter two or four-hour tour is a great way to try out this unique activity, though longer tours, including full-day, overnight, and even multi-day treks are also available.

A Utah llama trekking tour is a great choice for travelers of all ages, including children. There’s even a one-hour tour that allows you to get a taste of a llama trek without taking on a lengthy hike.

A Photography Tour

Perhaps the best souvenir that you can bring home from your stay in one of the best Southern Utah resorts is some stunning photos of your trip. A photography tour is a great way to not only advance your skills, but also enjoy a guided visit to some of the best overlooks, slot canyons, and more along the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef.

Hunter Page Photography offers several Capitol Reef Photography Tours that will take you to some of the park’s most idyllic overlooks. During your tour, you’ll learn about composition, choosing camera settings, checking your lighting, and choosing your subject matter. Choose between sunrise or sunset tours, nighttime tours, slot canyon tours, and more. You’ll end the tour with some incredible shots that you’ll love to display and share with friends and family long after your vacation is over!

Fly Fishing in the Fremont River

Casting a line might not be the first thing that you think of when you think of Capitol Reef National Park. But believe it or not, the beautiful Fremont River flows through the middle of Torrey and Capitol Reef.

Fremont River Guides offers guided dry fly fishing adventures on the Fremont River. You’ll fish just a stone’s throw away from Capitol Reef National Park, reeling in Brown trout, Rainbow trout, Tiger trout, and more.

Capitol Reef Canyoneering

Thanks to the region’s high concentration of slot canyons, Capitol Reef canyoneering is another popular off-site adventure you can enjoy during your stay at Cougar Ridge. There are several canyoneering routes to choose from in Capitol Reef. Nearby Grand Staircase-Escalante is also a popular spot for canyoneering.

Excursions of Escalante is a tour company that operates canyoneering tours in Grand Staircase-Escalante. They have tours for beginners and for those with rappelling experience and can accommodate guests as young as 7 years old. You can bring your own gear, or let Fremont River Guides provide everything for you so you won’t have to worry about any extra packing!

Planning Your Next Stay in Southern Utah Hotels

From fly fishing in the Fremont River to an off-road Jeep adventure, there’s no shortage of things to do in and around Capitol Reef National Park during your stay at Southern Utah hotels.

Ready to start planning your next visit to Cougar Ridge? There’s never been a better time! Right now, when you book a stay of two or more nights before March 31, you’ll receive a 40 percent discount on your entire booking. Book your next stay today to take advantage of this amazing deal!

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