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Off-Site Activity Spotlight: Waterpocket Adventure Company

Aug 20, 2023 | Activities & Adventure, Capitol Reef National Park, Cougar Ridge Lodge | 0 comments

One of the best things about choosing Cougar Ridge for your Torrey UT vacation rentals is the chance to take advantage of our many on-site amenities. From our brand-new pool and hot tubs to unique options like a private rodeo or a learning activity, there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy.

But while you’ll certainly want to make time to enjoy some of these amenities during your stay in one of the best hotels in Torrey UT, our resort is also conveniently located just minutes away from the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. Here, you can explore the waterpocket fold, go hiking, take an off-road adventure, and more. And one of the best ways to explore the park is with a guided tour.

There are a number of local companies that offer tours in the park. One of our favorites is the Waterpocket Adventure Company. Keep reading to learn more about this company and the tours they offer.

Waterpocket Adventure Company

Waterpocket Adventure Company offers a variety of tours to choose from. These range from shorter guided hikes to full-day adventures in some of the most remote and rugged sections of Capitol Reef National Park.

Let’s take a look at some of their most popular tours.

Capitol Reef Guided Hiking Tours

Capitol Reef National Park has no shortage of hiking trails to choose from. Many of these trails are beginner-friendly, and perfect for enjoying a fun afternoon hike during your stay in the best hotels in Torrey UT. But if you want to see some of the park’s hidden gems while also learning more about its unique history and geology, consider booking a guided hiking tour from Waterpocket Adventure Company during your stay in our Utah villas.

These tours range from three to six hours. A guide will work with you to choose the right trails for your group, ranging from easy hikes like the Grand Wash or Capitol Gorge to more challenging treks like the Upper Muley Twist or Rim Overlook Trail.

Burr Trail/Waterpocket Fold: Full Day

If you’re looking to get off the paved road and explore some of the rugged backcountry of Capitol Reef National Park, the Burr Trail/Waterpocket Fold: Full Day Tour from Waterpocket Adventure Company is a great choice. 

On this five to six-hour tour, you’ll climb aboard a luxury 4×4 vehicle and head into the remote areas of Capitol Reef. You’ll head off-road on a rough and rocky wash, and take a short hike to a lookout with stunning views of Strike Valley from the top of the Waterpocket Fold. Then, you’ll continue on the Burr Trail, traveling through narrow sandstone canyons and passing incredible rock formations.

Lunch is included on this tour, as well as water. During your ride, your experienced guide will teach you about the geology and history of Capitol Reef. You’ll also have plenty of chances to stop for photos.

Capitol Reef Dark Sky Photography

Speaking of stopping for photos, if you have a photography fan in your group, you’ll definitely want to book this next tour.

The Capitol Reef Dark Sky Photography Tours is a unique night photography trip designed to take you to some of the best spots in Capitol Reef to capture some unique and incredible pictures of the night sky.

Not only will this tour take you to some great locations in the park, but your guide will also help you perfect your night photography. They’ll go over your camera’s settings and help you choose just the right ones to get a great shot of the stars. Along with your camera, don’t forget to carry some extra batteries and an SD card with plenty of space.

Cathedral Valley Tour

If you want to add a little more adventure to your next stay in Torrey UT vacation rentals, you can’t beat this next tour. The Cathedral Valley Tour is an off-road adventure through some of Capitol Reef’s most incredible backcountry overlooks and rock formations.

Traveling in a 4×4 luxury vehicle, you’ll see the Temples of the Sun and Moon, the historic cattleman’s cabin, the Gypsum Sinkhole, ancient lava flows, and more as you explore both the Upper and Lower Cathedral Valley. These challenging and remote roads aren’t ones that you would want to explore with an experienced guide and the right gear, so this tour is a great way to see a part of the park that few guests get to see.

Planning an Adventure During Your Stay in Hotels in Torrey UT

There’s no shortage of adventures to enjoy during your stay in hotels in Torrey UT. At Cougar Ridge, we offer a variety of off-site amenities and activities for guests to enjoy during their stay. These tours from Waterpocket Adventure Tours are some of our favorites, and are a great choice for anyone looking for an exciting adventure in Capitol Reef.

Ready to start planning your stay? First, you need to book the best places to stay in Capitol Reef National Park. From our range of amenities to our great location, Cougar Ridge is one of the most popular of the Torrey UT hotels. Book your stay today to see for yourself what makes our resort so unique.

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