When it comes to popular states for outdoor adventures, Utah often tops the list. Every summer, millions of people descend on Utah in search of amazing hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and incredible landscapes. They find them all over the state, but Southern Utah, in particular, is a popular destination this time of year.
While the state is known for its summer tourism, there are still plenty of places where you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing getaway this time of year. If you’re looking to beat the crowds this summer, keep reading. We’re breaking down what you need to know to beat the crowds with the best Utah luxury resorts, like our very own Cougar Ridge.
Zion National Park Vs. Capitol Reef National Park
When it comes to Utah’s Mighty 5, it’s no secret that Zion draws the largest crowds. The park not only tops the charts for most-visited Utah national parks, but is actually one of the most-visited national parks in the country.
While Zion National Park does have some beautiful landscapes, each of the other four national parks across the state offer arguably equally stunning views. In fact, Capitol Reef National Park is home to many of the same attractions you’ll find in its Southern neighbor.
Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at how Capitol Reef measures up to Zion National Park.
Comparing the Numbers
In 2021, Utah’s Mighty 5 national parks, like many national parks across the country, broke visitation numbers. Eager to get outside following lengthy lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic, many people flocked to the wide open expanses of our national parks—only to be met with crowds and lines at some. This included Zion National Park.
That year, Zion saw more than 5 million people pass through its gates. While Capitol Reef National Park also broke visitation numbers that year, it saw just 1.4 million guests. Add in the fact that Capitol Reef has over 100 more square miles than Zion, and you’ll see why this park is the place to go if you want to beat the crowds during your stay in Utah luxury resorts.
Comparing the Views
One thing that draws visitors to Zion National Park is the stunning peaks and red rock cliffs it’s known for. But with the Waterpocket Fold passing right through the middle of Capitol Reef, the park has some equally incredible landscapes.
Red rock cliffs rise sharply out of the desert landscape and offer some challenging hikes and endless photo opportunities. Speaking of hiking, Zion might have Angels Landing, the difficult and dangerous trail that is one of the most famous in the country. But with the addition of the new permit and lottery system, hiking has become even more challenging. Capitol Reef offers its own challenging trails—no permit required! Take on the difficult Frying Pan Trail, which takes hikers high up on a ridgeline with views across the park. Or, try the Grand Wash Trail, an easier hike that winds through colorful canyons that offer views of the many rock layers.
Just like Zion, Capitol Reef has its own petroglyphs that let visitors look back in time at drawings left by Native Americans hundreds or even thousands of years ago. Scenic drives, remote overlooks, a visitor center—everything you’ll find at Zion, you’ll also find at Capitol Reef!
Beat the Crowds With an Expansive Resort
Visiting a less-crowded national park like Capitol Reef instead of the busy Zion is one great way to beat the crowds. But choosing the right Utah luxury resorts also makes a big difference.
Rather than booking standard Torrey UT hotels, which tend to offer little in the way of amenities, look for Utah villas and resorts with a wide variety of on-site activities.
Cougar Ridge is a destination all its own! From visiting with our resident farm animals to playing sand volleyball, e-biking around the property, enjoying a backyard BBQ, or even hosting your very own private rodeo, there’s an endless number of ways to spend a day. In fact, there’s enough to do at our Torrey Utah rentals that you could fill your entire trip without having to ever leave the property! Of course, our luxurious Utah villas and Grand Lodge are also great for relaxing and unwinding after a long day of exploring Capitol Reef and other nearby attractions.
Planning Your Stay at Utah Luxury Resorts
The right Utah luxury resorts can help you beat the state’s famous summer crowds, and enjoy a relaxing, memorable adventure. Cougar Ridge, with its proximity to Capitol Reef National Park and its range of on-site amenities and activities, is the perfect place to get away any time of year! Explore the often-overlooked national park, spend a day enjoying the amenities at the resort, or enjoy a mix of both.
Need another reason to visit our Torrey Utah rentals this summer? How about the chance to save big on your stay? Right now, when you book a stay of three or more nights before September 30, you’ll enjoy a 25 percent discount on your stay! Book today to take advantage of these savings, and beat the crowds during your next Utah gateway!