52 Scenic Dr, Torrey, UT | Directions 8477538.244746 -111.226474
Hiking, biking and scenic drives all in the shadow of some of southern Utah's most beautiful rock formations. – The Scene
Often making the covers of national magazines as a best-kept secret, Capitol Reef National Park is, as those publications declare, overlooked by many visitors to southern Utah's national parks. Solitude can be found in spades at Capitol Reef, if you're willing to work for it.
A paved scenic drive, starting near the visitor center and 70-unit campground, draws the attention of most tourists. Also nearby is the old Mormon settlement of Fruita, named for the orchards that are open for public picking during the appropriate seasons. If you hike or mountain bike elsewhere, you'll find peace, quiet and solitary beauty. Narrow canyoneering is possible, with none of the crowds found in Zion's narrows. And with high country like 11,000-foot Boulder Mountain next door, you can experience high Alpine scenery and red rock canyon country all in the space of one all-downhill mountain bike ride.
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