Gateway to Capitol Reef National Park


International Dark Skies Await 

6,830 Feet
Torrey, Utah is located just eight miles from Capitol Reef National Park. Nestled in Wayne County, Torrey is a small town with a very small population but a bustling tourist scene. This hidden gem boasts spectacular scenery and outdoor recreation. There is everything an outdoor enthusiest needs attracting adventurers from around the nation.


Torrey was originally founded by Mormon pioneers back in the 1880s. The town was named after Jay L. Torrey, Colonel for the second regiment of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. Some of its current residents are descendants of the original settlers, which is one of the many aspects that contribute to the small town feel of this Western town.

Things To Do

Torrey is a gateway town to Capitol Reef National Park, which is the most central of Utah’s five national parks. Therefore, expect a trip to Torrey to consist of hiking, canyoning, rock climbing, camping, and other outdoor adventures. Torrey is recognized as an International Dark Sky Community, making it a phenomenal place to stargaze.

Downtown Torrey is home to several beloved cafes and restaurants that make for a delicious post-hike bite. They also host a weekly farmer’s market and an annual music festival.
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Planning your trip to Torrey Utah

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As you can probably imagine, Torrey is teeming with campgrounds, RV parks, cabins, and dispersed camping locations. Additionally, there are several affordable hotels, motels, and rentals located in downtown Torrey.


As a gateway town to Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey provides plenty of options for coffee, dessert, burgers, pizza and more. There are plenty of local cuisine options for visitors to choose from.


If you need a taste of civilization, Torrey’s downtown area features several locally owned gift shops and galleries. While there aren’t many big-box retailers in Torrey, the local merchant owners make up for it with their small-town charm and friendly service.


The easiest way to get around Torrey is by car, which allows visitors to explore the iconic Byway 12 which lies just outside of the town. ATV and dirt bike rentals are also popular amongst tourists and are a great way to reach your trailhead in style.


Torrey maintains four seasons with pleasant summers and snowy winters. Temperatures remain fairly moderate (summers fall somewhere between the 50s and 80s), so the best time to visit Torrey is in the late fall. Outdoor lovers will be happy to hear that it’s sunny in Torrey about 260 days per year, offering plenty of daylight hours to explore all that the town has to offer.


Capitol Reef National Park
Goblin Valley
Dixie National Forest
Scenic Byway 12