Capitol Reef National Park is located near Torrey, Utah. If you haven’t been to Capitol Reef, it’s likely that you’ve never even heard of Torrey. Torrey is located roughly 11 miles away from the Visitor Center for the park, about 2.5 hours from Moab, UT (the nearest “large” city) and just over 3 hours from Salt Lake City, UT.
While packing for your visit to Capitol Reef National Park isn’t too hard, it helps to have a few tips to help make sure you are well prepared. Here are a few of the things that we think are "must haves" when planning a trip to Captiol Reef National Park!
The iconic hike to Delicate Arch in Arches National Park is definitely a “destination hike” that is not to be missed. If you are capable of the steady climb and the moderate distance (and the heat isn’t too bad), then this trail is the perfect way to see this famous arch (rather than just checking out the pictures of it on the Utah License Plates)!
Whether or not you are an experienced hiker or just extra motivated by being in Arches National Park, we think this trail is one that yo
Situated in the heart of Zion National Park, the Emerald Pools Trail is a popular hike for families. Offering several stops along the route without requiring a ton of effort, this relatively short hike is a must-do for anyone visiting Zion National Park.
The Emerald Pools Trail is only 2.2 miles (round-trip) and can even be as short as 1.3 miles (round-trip) if all you do is hike to the Lower Emerald Pool. You can also extend the trip further by adding in the Kayenta Trail.
Many people come to Bryce Canyon National Park to see the hoodoos, but few make their way over to the Water Canyon area and hike the Mossy Cave Trail. This part of the park may seem remote, but it is relatively close to the main section of Bryce Canyon and very much worth the time it takes to get here.
This hike includes a cave (with cool temperatures that will surprise you), a gorgeous waterfall, hoodoos and even an arch. In fact, few hikes in Bryce Canyon even have a little bit of water, so this trail is actually quite a unique experience.
This hike is fantastic for families, and highly recommended if you have the time while visiting this picturesque park.