Explore the most popular 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.

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hiking
15 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful in late afternoon light, with a nice overlook of the rest of the park. Starts with a strenuous uphill with switchbacks that settles into a meandering loop around the mesa.

Awesome trail.

Nice fairly easy hike with some great views along the way. The bridge was beautiful and you get to hike right through it.

scenic driving
9 days ago

Awesome drive with some phenomenal views of the landscape. Leads to some really nice hiking trails as well.

Really enjoyed this hike due to the scenery and history behind it. Pretty easy but fairly confusing to find the tanks, still makes for a nice adventure.

hiking
11 days ago

We hiked this trail starting from the Hickman Bridge parking lot. Across the street you start out on the Cohab Canyon trail (sign may be blocked by vehicles parked on the road) and go about 3/4 of a mile to the interesection with the Frying Pan trail (sign marks the intersection). There are bathrooms available in the parking lot.

From this direction, most of the hike was uphill, but that just makes the return hike easier! Once you pick up the Frying Pan Trail, be sure to look for cairns marking the way. The views on this hike were amazing! Just beautiful! We passed some other hikers, but not too many. So you can have a nice peaceful hike and enjoy the beauty and scerenity.

mountain biking
13 days 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.

hiking
16 days ago

This was a great hike. The beginning of the trail is where you gain all of the elevation. The trail loops under the bridge which is gorgeous. Probably the best "bang for your buck" hike in the park.

Nice, easy hike. Would be good for kids. Consider the water tanks as optional. This is because they aren't easy to find and the trail is kind of hard to follow. The rest of the canyon before it was great and the pioneer inscriptions were cool to see.

scenic driving
16 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous drive, the road was in great shape as well. Leads to two nice hikes. Paved the entire way

We got a mid morning start and it was very hot, completely sun exposed trail, up hill with early and late moderate climbs. The upper half is through juniper and pinion pine to a fantastic overlook of the gorge and river below . Great spot for a snack. Some great rock formations and a hoodoo along the way. We saw flowering cacti, yucca, red tail hawk and lots of lizards. I definitely recommend this hike but start early to avoid getting cooked in the sun.

hiking
18 days ago

First bit is a little steep, but nothing unmanageable and gorgeous views from the very beginning. There don't seem to be markers for this trail past the entrance but the path is obvious. We took the turnoff toward the campground but then split off to go back up toward the south and north overlooks which are well worth the adventure. Very windy, make sure you keep an eye out for cairns - you can go fairly far out on the overlook as long as you know where to step.

Arrived around noon and it took an hour and half, didn't run in to too many people even thought it was a gorgeous day.

on Velvet Ridge

mountain biking
18 days 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.

Awesome hike! The Narrows were amazing, except for the last quarter of a mile... which was filled with water..

Great short trail. If you get to Capitol Reef and don't have a ton of daylight left, this is your hike!

This trail should be rated as moderate not easy..The trail is not easily marked, so make sure to watch out for the piled rocks marking the pathway. Definitely worth seeing as the arch is breathtaking!

23 days ago

Good views; well marked with cairned as of early May 2018. Pretty exposed - was very windy while I was up there despite very limited ground winds in the valley. A nice half-day hike for some good views. Not so sure that the views up top are necessarily "better" than those on the rim trail, but def more expansive.

23 days ago

Very well-cairned trail (as of early May 2018) that starts to get scenic a mile or so in. Should really be rated moderate, as none of the incline is very steep and the overall gain/length is quite...moderate. Definitely bring plenty of water in summer, as the entire hike is very exposed.

Amazing hike with great views throughout. A bit of scrambling at the end to get to a spectacular 360 degree view of the park.

hiking
26 days ago

This was an awesome hike but definitely grueling. You get a lot of elevation on the way up but do get some breaks with some down hill and flat. However, the elevation you get back on the way down is like a slap in the face.
360 views are totally worth it though! Bring more water than you think you’ll need. I wished I’d had more than I packed.

Do this trail if you like geology and a vast range of views and formations!

We loved this trail, for the geological differences from the other trails we did at Capital Reef. The first quarter mile is steep, but offers immediate panorama of the historic Fruita district. Then you get into boulders, then a wash before coming to the North and South Overlooks into the valley. Trail is well-marked by cairns along slickrock sections.

It was a fun primitive style trail with plenty of stacked rocks as markers. We got some great pictures and got to watch some people repel down by the arch.

Can be heavy traffic, but plenty of alone places when you get near the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is short and sweet and right off the roadway. While it was a quick intro to Capitol reef, it seemed like the real heart of the park was to the west of this area—wish we had chosen something among the deep red rock formations. The trailhead was busy with less-seasoned hikers, so I would consider this more of a tourist stop than a real hike.

hiking
1 month 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.

A great little hike through time. Though I didn't go up to the tanks, this hike takes you through an imposing gorge with towering rock walls that was the main route through the Waterpocket fold before Rte. 24 was completed. On its walls you can see petroglyphs left by ancient peoples and names carved by early pioneers and travelers. The stories those walls hold !

hiking
1 month ago

A steady uphill hike, difficult to follow in some spots. On the way to the viewpoint you get great views of Hickman Bridge and Pectol Pyramid. The fold rises like the bow of ship and take note of the black volcanic rocks that add a touch of the surreal to the trail. The landscape and vistas won't disappoint.

Easy hike until you get to tanks which were hard to find.

easy walk with great views

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