History and Future of Cougar Ridge Ranch and Lodge


Gary lived on a ranch from 1947 to 1950 in Ferron, Utah, an hour’s drive north of Torrey. He has loved the unique geography, spectacular vistas and adventurous pursuits of Southern Utah ever since. He has spent much time every year exploring, hiking, fishing, hunting, biking, river running, etc., and also prospecting.


The history of Cougar Ridge is unique. The land was purchased in 1989 from Don Cook, a local Torrey, UT resident and Mayor of the town. Its main purpose was for farming but now it’s one of the most luxurious ranch resorts in Utah.


The initial plan was to build a Ranch House and Barn on the property and then just farm it, as a hobby. However, after the Ranch House was built in 2000, Gary ventured up a ridge behind the Ranch House and, with some help from the Scottish, developed the idea of creating a destination resort for the Torrey area. (The Ridge is formally known now as “Scotch Ridge”– for good reason!)


His idea was to keep the Serenity and Beauty of the surroundings along with creating a venue to support Adventure and Knowledge in a Luxurious, but down-home feel setting. We wanted to preserve the local and historical cultural traits of the area in our building design, farming, and animals. To this end, the Cougar Ridge Resort was born.


The Ranch House was built in 2000; the Lodge was finished in 2010; the 7 Casitas were finished in 2017, and more is yet to come! Our master plan is to finish our Resort to support the adventures, health, and wellbeing of our guests. This will include a Resort Center that will have a spacious indoor/outdoor exercise area; a spa; a conference center; a pool and hot tubs; a restaurant and bar; and other support capabilities.


Our Pavillion will be able to seat 120 under a spacious canopy, with a support building that has indoor/outdoor BBQ and catering facilities; an outdoor bar; restrooms; and plenty of storage. We will be adding 13 more 3 bedroom Casitas and a Laundry building. A Greenhouse and Amphitheater are in the plans. Finally, we are developing approximately 3 miles of walking paths among our Animals and Ponds.


Come and enjoy everything we have to offer, you won’t be disappointed.