"The capital little gateway to Capitol Reef" Torrey by goodfish
Torrey Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 35 photos
After three days in Hanksville, Torrey almost felt like we'd arrived in the big city. Almost. Let's just say it had over double the amount of restaurants (which to Hanksville's grand total of three ain't saying much) and quadruple the motels. It even had something resembling shopping. Heck, you could even get a beer or a glass of wine with dinner at a couple of places: mighty civilized, that.
They say it was named after Jay L. Torrey: a Wyoming legislator whose brainchild was putting together three voluntary calvary regiments of cowboys and cattlemen to aid the Spanish-American War effort. One of those regiments - the infamous Rough Riders - was commanded by young Lieutenant-Colonel Theodore Roosevelt who later took full command of the unit and went on to become the 26th President of the United States. He also got his face on Mt. Rushmore and signed into law the Antiquities Act of 1908 through which many of our national parks and monuments were created.
All of which has nothing at all to do with Torrey - except that it sits smack on the edge of a national park.
Capitol Reef was the last of Utah's "Big Five" we'd yet to explore so it was time to cross it off the list: mission accomplished. We also took a day to do what was rumored to be one of the most scenic drives in the U.S. (it was) with 2 nice hikes along the way. In between, we ate well and hung out with a bunch of cheerful bikers at the motel plus some of the 150 or so locals - pretty much all of whom are employed in the tourism biz. Or at a church. Yep, they have a few of those to keep the resident flock on the straight and narrow although without a "real" bar in sight (when we were there) I don't imagine that's too tough. Fortunately for those of us who enjoy a post-hike libation, I read that a new bar and grill has opened on Main Street that's nirvana for thirsty trekkers: alleluia to that.
All-in-all a good place to hang a hat in one pretty remote corner of Utah, and awfully nice folks.
- Pros:Beautiful scenery, lots of motels, decent amount of restaurants
- Cons:What else do you need?
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