Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

off road driving
30 days ago

This drive is AMAZING! It is unforgettable and I would highly recommend it!

To start get the map for “Cathedral Loop” at Capital Reef’s visitor center. It is a guide for this entire drive and it explains the geology, ecology and history you will want to have to get the most from the trip.

We went in an unmodified Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4x4 and made the whole trip fine in 4 wheel drive. The mucky parts were no issue as long as you don’t stop in them. There were very few mucky parts actually but do check the weather before heading in and do start with the drive through the river because if you can’t make that part you don’t want to leave it for the end and have to turn around and go back 64 miles!!!

What you see in the park does not even compare to what you will see in this loop. We saw 4 vehicles the whole day! We started at 9am at the Visitors Center to zero our trip counter and followed our guide book. We finished at 5:12 PM. Storms are typical in the afternoon so again check that out and carry extra water and food.

Again this trip is totally worth it. I worry now that I will never top this drive! It is that good!

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't mind some bumpy, dusty, remote dirt roads and you have a high clearance vehicle this is a good alternative to a hike, And when you get to the Cathedral Valley, i think that you'll be amazed by the formations.

off road driving
1 month ago

We did this in a group of 3 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicons and the first part up from Bown's Reservoir is very pleasant. However, once you start on the South Draw Road portion of the track, it becomes very difficult. Easy perhaps for mountain bikes, but challenging for jeeps. My friends in the other two Rubicons had lifts and larger tires, whereas I had a stock Rubicon. Needless to say, they were doing better than I. There were a few spots where my jeep was tilting toward a sheer drop and the only thing that kept me going was the knowledge that my friends ahead of me made it without rolling. Once you arrive at Capitol Gorge, it is a very easy paved road of course.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Disclosure: this was my first time mountain biking (though I am in decent shape, thanks Peloton). This trail seemed pretty tough. Going west from the trailhead definitely some sections where had to walk my bike uphill (and a few where I had to walk downhill). Also some sandy sections I couldn't pedal through. Did better coming back east, though I skipped the last little bit going down to US 24 since it seemed like the climb back up would be really rough. I am guessing a more experienced rider would have had less difficulty. That being said, scenery was beautiful and I had a great time.

on Velvet Ridge

mountain biking
3 months ago

We did the short loop on Forest road #207, leaving from the Torrey water storage tanks. I think about 5 miles. Some rocky climbs and some sand mush but over nice place to ride. spectacular scenery. this is a small portion of the Great Western Trail which appears to be for ATVs.

hiking
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.

off road driving
4 months ago

I've driven this route over 200 times (tour guide) and still enjoy it. It is the premier introduction to the northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. You should always start by crossing the Fremont River Ford in case the weather changes during the day and the river is in flood when you reach it. If it has been wet or looks like there is rain coming do not attempt this route, the bentonite clay becomes very slippery and the lower areas tend to flood. By far the best way to see this scenery is with a guide, you don't have to worry about getting lost or stuck, your vehicle being damaged etc. And of course the guide will point out all the features you might otherwise miss and tell the history of the area. Along the route you will see Bentonite Hills, Jailhouse Rock, Upper South Desert Overlook, Cathedral Valley Overlook, Cathedral Valley, Wall of Jericho, volcanic dykes, Gypsum Sinkhole, Layer Cake, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Glass Mountain, Caineville Wash and Mesa and much much more.

walking
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.

Beautiful drive. Easy road if it is dry, but be careful, the clay can get very slick when wet. Bring a lunch and eat at the overlook before dropping into the canyon.

OMG SOOOOOOO OOOOOOO LONG NEVER ENDED

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

hiking
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!

hiking
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.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

Did as a mountain bike trip in mid-june. While some guides recommend starting at the lookout, we saved 3 miles and parked just off the highway on the road to Bown's Reservoir. Fun downhill for quite some time with great views of the Park and Henry Mountains. We took the road and passed a biker later who had taken the ATV track. He said it was really bumpy (glad we didn't choose it). At some point you will see a sign saying Tantalus 5, take this left. As you lose elevation and get closer to the park, the road gets a lot more sandy patches. Great views all of the time. After crossing Tantalus Creek you will climb until you get into the park. Just after crossing into park there is a downhill section that can be pretty technical. I rode it but my wife walked her bike. Most of the ride is easy on the technical except for this part. Riding out South Draw to Pleasant Creek is really fun and flowy. We made it onto the scenic drive where our ride found us and saved the last 8 miles to Fruita. Was 101 degrees in the park, whew! A breeze kept it pretty cool for most of the trip.

Friday, June 17, 2016

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

off road driving
Sunday, September 27, 2015

We would have to rate this drive as a WOW... because that is what we kept saying. Best to have a high clearance vehicle and you do have to drive across a small river but getting across it was pretty easy. Expect to spend at least 6 hours and checkout each spur and hikes. We purchase a map and guide at the Capitol Reef visitor center for $2. Bring lots of water and something to eat and room on your camera to take many pictures.

off road driving
Thursday, December 04, 2014

Tantalus Flats is reached from Hwy 12 on FR 186 to Lower Browns Reservoir, then FR 168. Nothing was that bad when I traveled it in 2009. We continued on into Capitol Reef NP. There was a fairly tough spot just inside the park. You go over a ridge, and the road goes right beside a deep washout until you get off the ridge. Several miles farther on, you cross Pleasant Creek, and you are on the Scenic Drive back to Fruita.

off road driving
Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Harnet Road starts off of Hwy 24 just east of Capitol Reef NP. Not far from the beginning, you must cross the Freemont River. There is no bridge, so crossing is impossible if the river is flooding. The road climbs out of the river bottom, and goes thru some very stark terrain; no trees or brush or anything. If you follow this road far enough, you will enter Capitol Reef NP. You can take a right, and go to the Cathedral road, and come out on Hwy 24 in Cainville.

hiking
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.

off road driving
Friday, March 01, 2013

This is pretty much an all day trip. We forded the Fremont river, and drove thru some awsome scenery to get to Cathedral Valley. We returned on the Cainville wash road. This is one of the best drives I've been on.

nature trips
Thursday, April 12, 2012

Most wonderful and scenic loop for high clearance vehicles or bikes. East of Capitol Reef NP.

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