The small town of Torrey acts as a gateway to Capital Reef National Park, a place of towering ochre, red and white rock walls and deep river canyons. The park takes its name from a multi-layered 100-foot-high reef-like wall of uplifted sedimentary rock, part of which reminded an early traveler of the dome of the US Capitol building.
Stretching over 100 miles from north to south, but only a few miles wide, the Waterpocket Fold sharply defines sedimentary layers that reflect 200 million years of geology. The only paved highway in the park cuts through the northern half of the Fold, past Grand Wash to Capital Gorge, and then follows the deep canyon of the Fremont River past the enormous rocky outcrop known as the Castle. The Fremont petroglyphs feature bighorn sheep and images of people carved from the rock 1,000 years ago, while at Gooseneck Overlook visitors can peer down 500 feet into stunning entrenched canyons.
Suggested itinerary featuring Torrey
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Torrey, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Places near Torrey
- Bryce Canyon National Park 64 miles away
- Utah 71 miles away
- Canyonlands National Park 84 miles away
- Page 96 miles away
- Moab 104 miles away
- Arches National Park 104 miles away
- Zion National Park 114 miles away
- Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park 116 miles away
- Kayenta, Monument Valley 126 miles away
- Grand Canyon National Park 163 miles away
- Grand Junction 164 miles away
- Salt Lake City 173 miles away
- Mesa Verde National Park 178 miles away
- Telluride 198 miles away
- Durango 207 miles away
- Flagstaff 215 miles away
- Winslow 231 miles away
- Sedona 238 miles away
- Aspen 255 miles away
- Las Vegas 256 miles away
- Arizona 274 miles away
- Vail 287 miles away
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Accommodation choices for Torrey
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Torrey. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
The Capitol Reef Resort, the closest hotel to Capitol Reef National Park, is located close to Hickman's Bridge and the Prehistoric Petroglyphs.