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Ride Report Torrey, Utah (Capital Reef Area)(37 posts)

Ride Report Torrey, Utah (Capital Reef Area)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:24 PM
Went to spend the President's Day weekend with the wife and kids in this small town in Southern Utah. There is very little traffic in the winter so it's nice for road rides through the park and surrounding areas.
I'll jsut post post some pics for you all to see, it's a beautiful area.
Saturdays ride, about 18 mile loop from Torrey up highway 12 to the turnoff to a town called Teasdale and then back along highway 24 to my house in Torrey. Around 50 degrees.

Looking back at house (on the right) as I leave.
re: Looking up Highway 12 toward Boulder Mountain (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:26 PM
Looking back on Highway 12, horse corrals. (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:29 PM
Going west now towards Teasdale.regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:33 PM
This rock formation is called the Cockscomb, but I don't know why, anyway it's pretty wierd looking. My son and I think it looks more like a Stegasaurus.
A cockscomb is the red skin on a rooster's headhycobob
Feb 18, 2003 9:43 AM
Like this.

More strange rock formations on the route. (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:35 PM
The real reward of the ride.regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:38 PM
As you ride past Teasdale and come toward this hill, the road appears to just drop off and these red rock cliffs are right in front of you, truly spectacular.
The view from the cockpit at the bottom of the hill. (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:41 PM
Looking back towards the town...regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:44 PM
is snowcovered Boulder Mountain goes up to about 10, 000 ft., it's not all red rock cliffs in So. Utah. (but not the kind of snow some of you are getting back east).
Turning east on Highway 24 towards Torrey. (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:47 PM
Just beautifulDERICK
Feb 17, 2003 10:51 PM
Brings back memories of the week I spent mountain biking in Moab last summer. I fell in love with the place after living in flat Florida for so long. Cant wait to get back.
Panoramic photo of the cliffs.regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:50 PM
3 photos put together to get the whole expanse of these cliffs.
Fremont River. (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:52 PM
You call that a river?look271
Feb 18, 2003 7:10 AM
Around here that's a stream =) Beautiful pics. More wallpaper and screensavers! Thanks.
Entering the town of Torrey, somewhat famous "Cafe Diablo " (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:54 PM
Downtown Torrey!regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 10:57 PM
It's the last town before you enter Capital Reef Nation Park, the town practically closes down in the winter.
Ahhh, Home at last. (nm)regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 11:00 PM
Stunning stuff, thanks (nm)Scot_Gore
Feb 17, 2003 11:04 PM
The pics are great but.....dirthersh
Feb 18, 2003 11:27 AM
Being able to live in such a great place must be killer. Are you retired? What do you do for income, if you don't mind me asking? I'd love to be able to call that plave home.
The ride...regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 11:05 PM
This is the "rain bike" as my riding buddy puts it, I just had the drop bars and shifters put on it because I hated the straight bars that were there. This was the first ride with the new setup. 700 x 30 cross tires worked great for the mix of dirt roads and paved down here.
One last photo, view from the deck, beer in hand.regulajo
Feb 17, 2003 11:10 PM
Ride report in memory of my wife's late father, who left us the house in this beautiful part of the world.

Hope you all enjoyed it.
uh . . . um . . . awesome. (nm)soup
Feb 18, 2003 6:15 AM
WOW! nm.Mike P
Feb 18, 2003 4:05 AM
You call that snow?!?MB1
Feb 18, 2003 5:01 AM
I call it beautiful.

MB1 in Snowbound DC
Thanks for the pics.(nm)PEDDLEFOOT
Feb 18, 2003 5:39 AM
Itchin to go back to Moab now (nm)biknben
Feb 18, 2003 6:19 AM
Feb 18, 2003 6:57 AM
I haven't been to southern Utah in nearly 10 years. It's a spectacular part of the country. Heading out to the Salt Lake area in a couple of weeks for the usual quick hit ski trip, but someday I need to make it back down south.
It's almost cruel to post such a beautiful ride report nmContinental
Feb 18, 2003 7:01 AM
re: Capital Reeftarwheel
Feb 18, 2003 7:36 AM
My wife, daughter and I went on a 10-day camping tour of national parks in the 4-corners area a couple of summers ago, and Capital Reef was our last stop before returning to Denver. It was a spectacular area, and I really regretted not having the time to spend a couple of days there. We were there in early July, and Capital Reel was like an oasis in the middle of a desert. There is a large apricot orchard in the middle of the park, and the trees were loaded with ripe fruit. Deer were grazing in the orchard, munching on fallen fruit. The park service provides ladders and fruit-picking tools, so we filled up a big grocery bag full of large, ripe apricots that were best I ever tasted.

Capital Reef looked like a great area for road and/or mountain biking. It's the newest national park, created during the Clinton administration, and gets few visitors. One of the coolest things there are the petroglyphs (rock carvings) created by prehistoric tribes.
re: Capital Reefregulajo
Feb 18, 2003 8:45 AM
The orchards are right near the visitors center, you pick the fruit, and then put money into a locked box to pay for what you picked. It's on the "honor system". Yes, it is great for Road or moutain biking, although the MTB is almost all dirt roads and jeep roads, very little single track.

Photo of friends on a typical dirt road in the area.
Not the newest Park...Brooks
Feb 18, 2003 2:39 PM
A National Monument created in 1937, a National Park from 1971 (Nixon Administration). I believe the newest National Park is Great Basin in Nevada (Monument 1922, Nat'l Park 1986). You may be refering to the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument, also in Utah, created by the Clinton Administration, administered by the BLM, and very controversial as the Utah governor and federal representatives were not included in the discussion. Nevertheless, the area is spectacular as these photos show some of the variety of terrain.
re: Ride Report Torrey, Utah (Capital Reef Area)Ken
Feb 18, 2003 7:44 AM
Cool pics. Can't wait to go.
Fantastic Ride Report! What camera did you use? nmKen of Fresno
Feb 18, 2003 7:54 AM
Ken of Fresno about the camera...regulajo
Feb 18, 2003 9:06 AM
The pics were shot with a Canon PowerShot G1, about a 3.3 megapixel camera with a 34-102mm zoom lens and the ability to shoot 30 second bursts of MPEG video with sound. The still images can be shot in full auto or fully manual modes, big plus if you know how to use a camera. I believe Canon is up to the G3 now with a larger file size and other unnecessary but fancy stuff. The G1 cost me about $800.00 a couple of years ago and now could be found for much less.

By the way, this is the first time I tried to actually take a lot of photos while on a ride. Takes much longer to finish the ride when you keep stopping for photos. It makes me really appreciate all those ride reports, so we can see other parts of the country/world from a cyclists perspective.

Thanks. I've go a Nikon Coolpix 950 and am looking to upgrade.Ken of Fresno
Feb 18, 2003 10:33 AM
The 950 is a great camera for web stuff like ebay and RBR but for large prints more pixels would be better. I have always like the digital pics from most Canon cameras, as they seem to be pretty accurate in color rendition even before Photoshop. I may go for a G2 in black if I can find one at a good enough price.

breathtaking. nmJS Haiku Shop
Feb 18, 2003 10:17 AM
The place to be to find answers... to the meaning of life (nm).wasabekid
Feb 18, 2003 10:27 AM