We were scheduled to leave Moab on Friday but, with rain in the forecast, we decided to take advantage of clear skies on Thursday and headed out to our next destination a day early. The drive from Moab, on the east side of Utah, to Torrey, more in the center of the state, is about 15o miles. The scenery along the first half of the trip is a bit boring as you drive north on Rte. 191 for 30 miles, then west on I-70 for 30 miles. Turning south on UT-24 the ride is still a bit drab until you approach the little community of Hanksville.
Once past Hanksville the colors of the surrounding rocks become quite beautiful.
About 25 miles from Torrey the road winds through Capitol Reef NP and the views are stunning.
We arrived in Torrey just after noon and quickly set up at a nice back-in site in Thousand Lakes RV Park. There aren’t any lakes right around here but the park is named for the mountain range just to the north, which does have many, many lakes.
We have been to this area twice in the past, but the nimble hiker still has a number of adventures on her list so we will be keeping busy during our ten day stay. Our friends, Larry and Annette, live here so we’ll be seeing them during our visit. Also, Steve and Mona Liza came here from Moab a few days before we did, so we will be sharing some adventures with them.
More on that later . . .