Explore the most popular camping trails near Torrey with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

7 days ago

Beautiful hike!! We pretty much had the lake to ourselves. We had four wheel drive and were able to drive to the trail head. From there it is only 1.5 miles to the lake.

13 days ago

Lovely even on a hot day...

This hike was alright, but definitely not a hike I would consider to even be moderate. The only difficult thing about this hike is the heat and the constant sun. Hiked this on June 6th and it was 92 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky. The history markers were probably the best part. I was personally really looking forward to the water tanks but they were all dried out which was really disappointing.

One of my favorite hikes in Capital Reef. Very easy and very scenic.

2 months ago

Beautiful. Only 1 mile to Blind Lake if you drive all the way to the TH. Read my full trail guide with a map here: http://www.girlonahike.com/2018/06/hiking-to-blind-lake-boulder-mountain.html

2 months ago

After turning off the paved highway, you weave your way up the mountain on a dirt road. Once you start passing campsites and other visitors, you start to really climb. The views are awesome, just go slow to watch for other vehicles coming from the other direction around blind corners. We had a low profile vehicle so we stopped and parked along the way and walked the rest of the way up to the trailhead.

The trailhead is marked by a map with a very faint "You are here" and an arrow. That is where the fun begins. To the right, the road continues to another lake, to the left of the trailhead marker is a small path into a fairly dense treeline. Through the trees, the trail is easy to follow, just keep climbing and you will come to a clearing where you can see out over the trees below. Keep hiking up, and follow the path, you will pass several smaller ponds, most of which are dry before reaching the real lake. Watch out for the high altitude for the out of towners, it will really start to affect how fast you can travel uphill. Just take many short breaks and remember to breath with every step. The path winds up and around the canyon until the lake pops out of the trees. When you see the crystal clear water of the Blind Lake, you will feel immediately refreshed.

Set in front of a giant canyon wall lined with trees, Blind Lake is cool and clean. The perfect place to rest and take in all of Southern Utah's natural beauty. The lake is very large and there were even snow banks remaining in May. Nobody was around on the day of our visit and it was so peaceful and quiet. you can see the bottom of the lake and each individual rock along the beach. The wonderful views and beautiful lake were such a wonderful experience, I cannot wait to go back and visit again.

4 months ago

A very enjoyable hike starting out as a ramble along the Fremont River and orchards and then climbing up to a beautiful view of the fold and Fruita.

6 months ago

Really easy trail - the only dog friendly one at the park. I went here in February, the temperature was in the 40s, but was warm in the sun. Because it was off-season it wasn't crowded - in fact I was the only one there (on the trail).

The park is beautiful - worth seeing. I wish I had camped out there or got a cabin and did some more trails.

9 months ago

Sweet time

So amazing

The steep climb is fun. Stopped to pick fruit in the orchards on the way back.

10 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Uphill to a beautiful lake, and wonderful fall colors. The road to the trailhead is a little rough, but did not require 4WD. Definitely worth it.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

This trail was not as scenic as others we did, plus we went mid- afternoon and there was very little shade, and in the high 90 degree range. Take lots of water with you!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The 6 mile drive on the up and down dirt road was harrowing. The trail was pretty easy; prepare to have wet feet. Very neat place!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First half is good for a stroll, second half is a good hike. For our 5 year old son was it a good distance.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Most of the trail is flat and sand with rocks. At the end of the trail you can walk up to rocks to overlook some of the canyon you walked through. The petroglyphs were cool to see along with the registry.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice canyon hike, good points of interest like petroglyphs, pioneer register, lamp poles, historical use which bumped it up a star. Water tanks a disappointment, not worth the effort to see basically puddles. Not as good as Grand Wash which we had done earlier in the day.

Monday, April 24, 2017

I thought the drive into the trailhead was cooler than the actually hike. The hike is simple and flat, fun to be in the slot. Finding the pots proved to be difficult, mainly because we got led astray by someone who pretended to know what they were talking about. Follow the cairns and it shouldn't be difficult.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nice trail, petroglyphs, pioneer signatures, narrows, but could not find the tanks. Do when at the park. Nice hike for kids.

scenic driving
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great drive, leads to several hikes.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beginning is just ok but once it starts climbing its awesome!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

This is a very interesting and beautiful trail. The petroglyphs are a short walk from the parking lot and the pioneer registry is very cool although it would be easy to miss both. The climb to the tanks is steep and narrow. Bring plenty of water. The reflection of the sun on the floor and walls is like a microwave. We ended our hike at the tanks as this was 2.4 miles rt already.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Easy, well marked hike through a redrock gorge. The tanks at the top are a little underwhelming, but do make a good anchor for a photograph.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Excellent hike. The fall colors were spectacular. We were able to drive a CR-V to the blind lake trailhead. Road was a little rough but worth it. It is so cool to drive up from surrounding desert into alpine terrain with numerous lakes. Great backdrop for a backpacking trip in future.

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Be sure to bring lots of bug spray in early summer months. Beautiful view of the lake at the end!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Very nice hike through the gorge. The scenic drive down to the trailhead was awesome. The views are fantastic.

Monday, October 20, 2014

It's a beautiful scenic drive out and there are restrooms & a covered picnic area at the trailhead. The trail is mostly flat ground (all except for the end if you are heading to the tanks). There are only about two visible petroglyph images, but with the pioneer names way up on the cliffs and the tanks this trail is pretty great. This gorge used to be an actual road to get through the park before highway 24 was built. We were told by a park ranger that there is still a vehicle parked on the road about 1.5 miles past the tanks (it got stuck in the mud and never made it out). We went in Oct and there were several tanks with water in them. One was clean enough I let my kids swim in (about 4-5 ft deep in deepest part). We saw small frogs & bats on the hike. We were also told by a friend that the poles hanging out over the trail were added to hang lanterns back in the day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The drive down here is great in itself. The hike to the tanks is pretty cool. Look at the petroglyphs on the way through the wash.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Trail follows the Freemont river near the campground and orchards. Its very easy for the first 1/2 mile along the river. Then climbs up to a valley overlook where there is a great view of the valley.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

A easy hike in one of the gorges of Capitol Reef. The pioneers carved their names on the canyon walls.

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