Our most recommended things to do in Torrey, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley Day Trip

Capitol Reef National Park: Cathedral Valley Day Trip

After being picked up from your hotel you will be transported through the heart of Capitol Reef, giving you an awe-inspiring view of over 200 million years of its geologic history. The Cathedral Valley Loop itself starts with an adrenaline-rushing (for some) river crossing. We will actually drive into the Fremont river that carved out the valleys and canyons in the region and, though it can get bumper deep, our super capable vehicle will bring you to a successful fording of the rushing waters. After a stop overlooking an impressive Canyon where you will be introduced to the geologic layers surrounding us, you will see the first Jurassic-era Bentonite deposits of the journey. Next, we head to a historic water well in the middle of the desert with an abandoned drilling rig from the 1940's still present. Cathedral Valley's 2nd most popular spot, 2nd only to number 1 in popularity, the no less amazing Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon is next. The world-famous drive through the Bentonite Hills awaits you. The richly colorful, otherworldly bentonite clay terrain is a must-see for drone videographers and professional photographers alike that would attract millions of visitors each year if not for its difficulty to reach with a regular vehicle. When wet, it’s impassible while the unpredictable river conditions mentioned above work as a protective barrier for unprepared wanderers. Google “Bentonite Hills” and see for yourself. Since we are still outside the boundaries of the National Park, drones are welcome. **If you don’t have one but would still like the footage we can bring our own for a small additional fee. Your voyage has only begun. Our next stop is our first grand view to use your phone's Panorama setting, The Lower South Desert Overlook. This is your first glimpse into the namesake features (monoliths) of Entrada Sandstone. You will photograph the massive Jail House Rock while all around are wonderous goblin-like figures of the Curtis formation. Will you be lucky enough to see the Troll who oversees the trail down? The next overlook is about 25 minutes away, however, if guests choose so, we offer a short out-and-back hike to an amazing spot that overlooks the Temples of the Sun and Moon from a unique, seldom-seen bird's eye view. Our next stop is the Upper South Desert Overlook. It offers several views and panoramas due to its high altitude. Staying lower will offer a view on the millions of yrs old igneous intrusion seeping through the surrounding strata. Climbing higher, you get a 360 degree view on the Lower and Upper deserts but it’s not for those with fear of heights due to its dramatic drops on both sides. At exactly half way, guests can use a park-provided toilet and we offer a 30-minute lunch for an additional fee. Lunch will consist of a sandwich with ingredients of your choice that you will communicate to us a day prior to your tour and a soft drink of your choice from our available list. We will now slowly descend a series of impressive switchbacks into the mighty Cathedral Valley. The route down offers impressive views of some of the most iconic monolithic structures, The Walls of Jericho. You will want to stop there for a picture, or 20, for sure, trust us. There is also a historic structure, the Morrel Cabin, in this area and guests will be offered an easy hike to see what's left of a circa 1940's Cowboy camp complete with artifacts. ***For a small fee we can add an approx. 2 mile hike to get up close to the spectacular Walls of Jericho themselves. Guests will also be offered an easy, short, 1/4 mile hike just past the Walls of Jericho to see a pair of massive, impressive sandstone pillars and get a unique perspective of the multiple rows of monoliths as well as a view of the Walls themselves from an entirely different perspective. Next up is the Gypsum sinkhole. If you're lucky, you may even be greeted by some pronghorn antelopes that have been sticking around this spot recently. The drive at this point offers completely different scenery from the first half of the loop. We travel between the walls of Entrada sandstone as numerous igneous intrusions dissect the valley giving you an impression of being on yet another distant planet than the one just visited at the Bentonite Hills! Our tour now reaches the famous Temple of the Sun and Temple of the Moon, an iconic symbol of Capitol Reef and the subject of many postcards. This is going to be our longest stop. Not only will we see the famous monoliths but we will also walk around the Glass Mountain, a formation entirely made of an enormous lattice of crystals. You will also be told the historic geologic connection of the opposite looking Gypsum Sinkhole encountered earlier. Whether you choose to depart early in the morning or in the afternoon, this will be the time when the Monoliths are at their most glorious with sun rays lighting them in a spectacular way, bringing their red-orange saturation to its maximum which will be unforgettable. ***For an additional fee guests can be taken to another special spot, where nature plays a game of visual illusion and brings together the complete universe: temples of the Sun, Moon, and the Temples of the Stars, all in one mind-blowing panorama. This is an easy, however lengthy, 45 minute one-way hike, away from the typical views, that we highly recommend. For a small fee, you can be treated to yet another uniquely beautiful vista. Even if we just visited what makes the Cathedral Valley so desired despite its tricky road conditions, we are not done yet. The remaining hour of the tour is all about color, more endless Bentonite Hill formations and the views getting closer to Mancos Shale ridges. These depositional layers tell the long-past story of Utah being the bottom of not one but two oceans. Once we reach the highway it takes only 30 minutes to be back to your hotel and dinner with your adventurous companions. In summary, This tour offers a myriad of irresistible photo opportunities, a mind-expanding view of the eons-long geologic history of Capitol Reef, and deep dives into the wonders of nature that created these most epically beautiful landscapes.

Utah: Bentonite Hills 3-Hour Off-Road Tour

Utah: Bentonite Hills 3-Hour Off-Road Tour

Be transported across a landscape that covers over 200 million-years of paleontological history by a guide who will share knowledge of the region's ancient and more recent history. Admire the scenic beauty of this experience which is unrivalled anywhere. Be treated to an all-senses experience that will fill your memory and memory card, with a unique and exclusive adventure. The route is filled with one-of-a-kind photographic opportunities as well as being a legal area for drone usage. Enjoy an included off-road adventure not accessible to most vehicles including a river crossing, desert traversals, and the detailed, local knowledge of an experienced guide. Snacks and bottled water are provided as well as reference material to further enrich your understanding and appreciation of the region you will be exploring.

Torrey: Moonscape, Factory Butte, and Capitol Reef Park Tour

Torrey: Moonscape, Factory Butte, and Capitol Reef Park Tour

Embark on an exhilarating journey through the stunning landscapes of the San Rafael Swell with our Offroad Jeep Tour to Factory Butte and Moonscape Overlook. Departing from your lodging, we'll pick you up for a thrilling expedition through the heart of Capitol Reef National Park. Complimentary pickup service awaits guests within Torrey, Teasdale, or at the Cathedral Valley Inn motel, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure. As we traverse the scenic route towards Factory Butte and Moonscape Overlook, prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring beauty of Utah's red rock country. Towering sandstone cliffs, winding canyons, and vast desert panoramas will unfold around you, offering a true taste of the rugged wilderness. For those seeking an added thrill, consider the option to embark on a one-hour hike to Long Dong Silver and Angel of Death. Led by experienced guides, this adventure takes you off the beaten path for a closer encounter with nature's wonders. During the tour, guests have the unique opportunity to fly their own drone, capturing breathtaking aerial footage of the mesmerizing landscapes below. Alternatively, for a small fee, we offer the convenience of providing video/photos taken with our own drone, ensuring you have lasting memories of your adventure. Arriving at Moonscape Overlook, prepare to be mesmerized by a surreal vista of barren buttes and expansive desert vistas stretching to the horizon. It's a sight that will leave you spellbound, offering a glimpse into the untamed beauty of the American Southwest. With ample photo opportunities and moments of pure adventure, our Offroad Jeep Tour to Factory Butte and Moonscape Overlook promises an unforgettable experience in the heart of Utah's San Rafael Swell. So, buckle up and get ready to explore the wild beauty of the desert like never before!

Capitol Reef: The Iconic Temples of the Sun and Moon

Capitol Reef: The Iconic Temples of the Sun and Moon

If you don't have a full day to visit the entire Cathedral Valley Look this tour will take you directly to the most iconic feature of Capitol Reef National Park, The Temples. We will pick up guests at their lodging location in one of our luxury off-road SUVs. Guests will then be transported through approximately 20 miles of some of the most remote terrain in Utah. The renowned Temples are the most visited feature of Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park and include Glass Mountain and the famous Temples of the Sun, Moon, and Stars. Refreshments include water and light snacks. Insight into the history, both ancient, geologic, and recent, will be provided to add to the pure scenic spectacle that is an unforgettable memory and adventure.

Capitol Reef National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Capitol Reef National Park: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to Shaka Guide's audio tour app, your gateway to the rugged and captivating landscapes of Capitol Reef National Park. Get ready to embark on a journey through time as you explore the unique geology, rich history, and stunning natural wonders of this hidden gem. As you begin your adventure through Capitol Reef National Park with the Shaka Guide app, prepare to be awestruck by the park's magnificent sandstone cliffs, towering monoliths, and deep canyons. Discover the park's namesake, the Waterpocket Fold, a massive buckle in the Earth's crust that stretches for nearly 100 miles. Drive along the park's scenic roads, such as the Capitol Reef Scenic Drive where the Shaka Guide app will point out significant landmarks, stunning viewpoints, and hidden gems along the way. Explore the park's extensive network of hiking trails, ranging from easy walks to challenging treks. The app will guide you to iconic trails like Hickman Bridge, Cassidy Arch, and Capitol Gorge, where you can immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty, encounter unique rock formations, and witness the remnants of ancient civilizations. Learn about the rich cultural history of the area as the Shaka Guide app shares stories of the Fremont and Ancestral Puebloan peoples who once thrived in this desert oasis. Visit the park's historic sites, such as the Fruita Historic District, where you can explore the preserved orchards, historic buildings, and even pick fresh fruit during the harvest season. Enjoy the tranquility of the park's campgrounds and picnic areas, where you can take a break and savor a meal surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Capitol Reef. With the Shaka Guide app as your knowledgeable companion, your visit to Capitol Reef National Park will be enriched by fascinating tales, geological insights, and practical information. During your tour you can: • Visit historic sites like the Fruita Schoolhouse and Fremont Petroglyphs • Take in views of the Waterpocket Fold — a 100-mile-long wrinkle in the Earth’s crust • Stop by Fruita Orchards for local produce • Take a picturesque ride along the park’s scenic drive *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.*

Capitol Reef National Park: Milky Way Portraits & Stargazing

Capitol Reef National Park: Milky Way Portraits & Stargazing

Experience the wonders of the cosmos on a guided stargazing tour under the star-studded skies of Capitol Reef National Park. Be led to a remote location so the stellar displays above can shine even brighter. Benefit from convenient hotel transfer from Torrey, refreshments, and a souvenir photograph. Start your night adventure with a pickup from the location of your choosing in Torry aboard a luxury, off-road SUV. Relax with comfort items including blankets, hot or cold beverages, and snacks. Follow your guide's instructions and be transported to a dark location to get obstruction-free views of the breathtaking galaxy. Give your eyes time to adjust to the darkness while you gain deeper insight into the universe. Once you've settled in, take in as many majestic sights as possible. Celebrate your experience with the lasting memory of a photo of you and your group with the Milky Way as a backdrop. At the end of your stargazing experience, return to your accommodation in the city with your memories locked in a portrait photograph.

Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

Utah: Capitol Reef National Park Self-Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 17+ -mile-long tour covers the essentials of Capitol Reef in 2-3 hours. Explore Utah's Capitol Reef National Park on a self-guided audio tour. See major natural landmarks like Twin Rocks, Chimney Rocks, and the Fluted Wall as you drive at your own pace. Begin your tour in the town of Torrey. Catch your first glimpse of the unique landscape that has made the Reef famous as you approach the national park. Learn about the park’s history and the tribes who once lived there. See the Twin Rocks and Chimney Rock, iconic formations that will teach you how to identify the different geologic layers you’ll see throughout the Reef. Catch the views from Panorama Point and Gooseneck Overlook. Visit the Fluted Wall, which offers a glimpse back 240 million years into the past. Then, turn your gaze upward to gape at the Castle, a natural fortress overlooking the park. Arrive at the Visitor Center and the official entrance to the most scenic part of the Reef. Go past the Ripple Rock Nature Center and to the Fruita Historic District. Explore this remnant of an old Mormon pioneer town. Continue on toward Danish Hill to take in some more views with a chance to spot some local wildlife. Pass Oyler Mine next, where workers once harvested uranium. Learn about the local Paiute tribe and their traditions and legends. Stop at other major sights, including the Capitol Gorge Trailhead, the ancient petroglyphs, the Hickman Bridge Trail, and the Behunin Cabin.

Cathedral Valley 4X4 Tour, Temples of the Sun and Moon 4 Hrs

Cathedral Valley 4X4 Tour, Temples of the Sun and Moon 4 Hrs

This private trip will get you away from most of the park’s visitors. I will pick you up in Torrey (tours start at 8:00 am and 2:00 pm) and we’ll drive through Capitol Reef National Park then pass by Caineville Mesa and colorfully striped hills on twisty back roads to the geologic oddity, Glass Mountain a truly unique formation that’s always a hit! A short drive to the Iconic and awe-inspiring Temples of the Sun and Moon where we can walk around the giant monoliths jutting up from the valley floor and get some memorable photos and experiences. On the way back we’ll see the beautiful Queen of the Wash and I’ll show you dinosaur bones still in the rock and ancient sea shells before returning you to our start point. This is a private tour (only your party) and is usually about four hours long. I will pick you up at your hotel if you're staying in the Torrey area or meet you at a convenient location in Torrey or Capitol Reef. Drinks and snacks are provided. See my website for more options and discounts.

Scenic Byway 12: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Scenic Byway 12: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Utah's Route 12, or Scenic Byway 12 is known as one of America's most beautiful roadways. On Shaka Guide Scenic Highway 12 Audio Driving Tour, you'll learn about the history of this stunning roadway. This self-guided tour is the perfect way to explore Utah's Red Rock Country at your own pace while learning about the area's geology, history, and culture. With over 60 miles of breathtaking scenery, you'll marvel at the towering cliffs, deep canyons, and colorful rock formations that line the road. As you set off on Scenic Byway 12, the app will provide engaging commentary, offering fascinating insights into the geological wonders, natural attractions, and hidden gems that await you. Prepare to be mesmerized by the stunning vistas that unfold around every curve, from towering red rock formations to sweeping canyons and pristine forests. Immerse yourself in the rich history of the region as you pass through the historic towns and settlements along the byway. Learn about the Native American tribes that once inhabited the area, the explorers who forged their paths through these lands, and the pioneers who settled and shaped the communities that still thrive today. Indulge your senses in the diverse culinary scene as you pass through charming towns and communities. The app will highlight local eateries, cafes, and markets, allowing you to savor regional flavors and support the local businesses that add to the byway's unique charm. Our GPS-guided tour will take you through some of the most iconic stops along Highway 12, including Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, and parts of Capitol Reef National Park. • Other things you'll experience on the tour: • Explore the unique geological formations and rock formations, such as the towering cliffs of Red Canyon. • Visit the Bryce Canyon National Park and witness the hoodoos carved by millions of years of erosion. • Detour to Capitol Reef National Park and immerse yourself in its rugged beauty and explore its colorful canyons. • Discover the rich cultural heritage of the region by visiting the Anasazi State Park Museum. • Enjoy scenic drives through picturesque landscapes, such as the scenic Hogback section. • Explore the charming towns along the route, visit art galleries, or shop for unique souvenirs. • Capture stunning photographs of the ever-changing scenery, from vibrant sunsets to the starry night sky. The tour is easy to use and works offline, so you won't need to worry about a spotty cell signal. Simply download the app, start the tour, and hit the road. *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.*

Utah: App-Based Goblin Valley State Park Audio Guide

Utah: App-Based Goblin Valley State Park Audio Guide

Begin by making your way to Goblin Valley State Park in your vehicle, turn on the app, and begin your adventure. Follow the app's directions and drive through the park's unique landscapes. Be amazed at the impressive views surrounding you. Park your car in the parking lot and opt to go on a hike. Marvel at the geological formations while listening to your audio tell you about the area's history. Learn about the fascinating goblin-like rock formations that give the park its name. Hear stories and facts that will keep you entertained and informed throughout your visit. Follow the instructions on your app and participate in some geocaching. See if you can find the cache using the app's GPS. Don't forget to sign the cache's log book before you continue on your hike. Engage in nature observation and spot unique desert plants and wildlife in their natural habitat. See if you can spot the 2,000-year old Barrier Canyon artwork in the rocks. Take photos of the weird and wonderful hoodoos, which are tall, thin spires of rock formed by erosion. Pause the app when you like. Make a stop and enjoy a picnic. Opt to extend your stay overnight by camping in the area. *Download the Shaka Guide app to access your purchased tours.*

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Very impressive private tour to the Bentonite Hills... The journey takes about 50 minutes each way, once we got there we had plenty of time and hiked through the Bentonite Hills for about an hour. We were completely alone there, what a unique experience! Thank you, Jenny for this awesome experience!

Thus was an excellent tour! I highly recommend it. Our guide was very personable and knowledgeable about the area and history. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Meridian Tours.

It was amazing and surprising. I didn't expect to see what we saw. Our guide Jenny did a wonderful job in presenting the sites to us! I would highly recommend this trip.

Our guide was great! Very informative and accommodating. He shared a lot of local knowledge and archeological and geological information.

brand new Jeep Rubicon. Melvin was very nice and knowledgeable.