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5 Unique Places to Stay Near Capital Reef National Park

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Finding the Perfect Stay Near Capital Reef National Park Utah

Are you planning a trip to Capital Reef National Park in Utah and looking for the perfect place to stay? I have you covered! Dave and I have road tripped from Salt Lake City to Hanksville and Capital Reef and not only did we stay near Capital Reef, but I did a LOT of research on accommodation when I was planning our trip.

Skyview Hotel, Utah
Credit: Skyview Hotel (via Booking.com)

I absolutely love finding unique places to stay that are photo worthy, but we are usually on a budget when we road trip so I’m always on a mission to find somewhere nice but not too expensive.

In this guide I have listed the most beautiful and unique accommodation that you can stay in near Capital Reef National Park and included where we stayed. Each hotel has been given a price bracket – Budget 💲, Mid-range 💲💲 and Premium 💲💲💲 to cater to all budgets. The list is ordered by cost (cheapest to most expensive)

I’ve saved the best until last!

All of the accommodation listed in this guide is near Capital Reef National Park so that you can easily drive to and from the park to hike and explore.

📍 Tell me about Capital Reef – What is there to see there?

Capital Reef is located 3.5 hours from Salt Lake City and is one of the most underrated National Parks in Utah. It is not too far from the small adventure town of Hanksville, which also has some incredibly beautiful sights to see.

Capital Reef is the park to visit if you:

  • Like red rocks and dirt
  • Love hiking
  • Are interested in Rock Formations
  • Are into photography and astro-photography
  • Enjoy adventure!

5 Unique Hotels Near Capital Reef National Park

Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse

Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse
Credit: Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse (via Booking.com)

Key Features
Price: 💲

  • 🙋‍♀️ We stayed here and I’m still dreaming about the comfy beds!
  • 🥐 Famous for their delicious breakfasts
  • 🤠 Has a fun cowboy theme throughout the hotel!
  • 📍 Located only a 13 minute drive from the Capital Reef Visitors Centre

At the Broken Spur Inn and Steakhouse, you can choose to stay in a hotel room or in a wagon that looks like it’s come straight out of a wild wild west movie! There is an indoor pool and hot tub with incredible views of the red rock landscapes outside through its glass walls.

We used the Broken Spur as a quick overnight stay so sadly didn’t have time to use their facilities but when we arrived, I was so glad that I had chosen this one! The rooms were lovely and looked newly renovated and very clean and the bed was to die for!

The Broken Spur serve a daily delicious homemade hot breakfast which is complementary when you book and they also have a steakhouse restaurant.

Red Sands Hotel

swimming pool with view at the Red Sands Hotel Torrey UTah
Credit: Red Sands Hotel (via Booking.com)

Key Features
Price: 💲 – 💲💲

  • 💰 Different rooms availability for different budgets
  • ⭐Onsite Spa experience
  • 🤠 Hot tub and indoor heated pool with a view of the mountains
  • 📍 Located only a 12 minute drive from the Capital Reef Visitors Centre

The Red Sands Hotel is also located in Torrey, about a 12 minute drive from the National Park’s Visitor Centre. It has rooms for every kind of budget, from classic Queen Rooms to Suites that can sleep up to 5 people.

There is a restaurant onsite called The Rock Garden Eatery and Bar which serves breakfast and dinner and offers gluten free, dairy free and vegan options.

There is a fitness centre and a spa onsite where you can book a massage for an additional charge.

Skyview Hotel

Skyview Hotel near Capital Reef National Park Utah
Credit: Skyview Hotel (via Booking.com)

Key Features
Price: 💲💲

  • ☀ Rooftop chill out area with insane views of Capital Reef!
  • 🌵 Unique dome tent accommodation + modern hotel rooms
  • ⭐Stargaze from your bed in a dome tent with skylight!
  • 🤠 Hot tub
  • 📍 Located only a 15 minute drive from the Capital Reef Visitors Centre

The Skyview Hotel is a really unique and very modern hotel in Torrey. From the moment you walk into the Skyview Hotel, you will know that you are in for a treat!

It has a beautiful rooftop with loungers and little coffee tables where you can sit and enjoy the sun setting over the red rocks of Capital Reef after a day of adventures.

Skyview Hotel in side of room
Credit: Skyview Hotel (via Booking.com)

It also not only has hotel rooms with the most beautiful décor, but also gives you the option to stay in a dome tent with or without a skylight, meaning you can see stargaze from your bed!

There are dome tents and hotel rooms for couples and for groups of 4. Oh! and the Superior Rooms come with an outdoor hot tub. There is also incredible coffee (according to the 5 star reviews on booking.com) at the hotel café.

Honestly, if we had been staying for longer in Capital Reef, we probably would have chosen the Skyview Hotel to stay in because.. WOW 😍

The Pinyon House

Pinyon House Utah - A Frame Cabin
Credit: Pinyon House (via VRBO)

Key Features
Price: 💲💲

  • ⭐ Incredible views surrounding the cabin
  • 😍 HUGE and beautiful kitchen
  • 📍 Located only a 15 minute drive from the Capital Reef Visitors Centre

The Pinyon House is a gorgeous A Frame modern cabin located 15 minutes from Capital Reef National Park. The views from all directions are stunning. I can just imagine sitting out on that huge balcony with a glass of wine watching the sunset while dinner is cooking on the BBQ.

This cabin is the perfect self-catered accommodation. The kitchen is TO DIE FOR and the living space is huge and very comfortable. Honestly, the worst things about this cabin is that it might be hard to make yourself leave to go explore.

Cougar Ridge

Cougar Ridge hotel in Torrey Utah
Credit: Cougar Ridge (via Booking.com)

Key Features
Price: 💲💲💲

  • ⭐ Based on a farm with goats, lamas, horses and more!
  • 😍 The location is 100000% picturesque
  • 🤠 I could be wrong but there appears to be a small BOWLING ALLEY in the hotel!! 😮
  • 🧖‍♀️ Saunas, a unique outdoor pool, resting pavilions, hot tub, a BBQ and a fire pit area
  • 📍 Located only a 17 minute drive from the Capital Reef Visitors Centre

Cougar Ridge is currently rated 9.4 on booking.com and after doing a lot of research I can see why! At first glance, I thought.. “that’s strange, the rooms look kind of old and dark,” but then I checked the reviews and even though the photos of the rooms aren’t the best, they are actually NEWLY RENOVATED, the beds are SUPER comfy, and the kitchenettes are equipped with everything you need!

Hot tub at the Cougar Ridge hotel torrey utah
Credit: Cougar Ridge (via Booking.com)

The hotel also serves breakfast and the staff are absolutely lovely and ready to help you with anything you need including teaching you how to feed the animals!

Honestly, after seeing the photos of this place and reading the reviews, I think I’m ready to book a trip there!

Review on Booking.com for Cougar Ridge in Torrey
Credit: Booking.com review for Cougar Ridge

Capital Reef National Park FAQs

Do I need a national parks pass to visit Capital Reef?

You don’t need a National Parks Pass for all of the hikes in Capital Reef, however you will need one for many of them.

An America the Beautiful Pass is useful if you are planning on visiting a few of the US national parks over the course of a year. It is only $80 and well worth it!

How many days should you spend in Capital Reef?

You could spend anywhere from 1 -3 days in Capital Reef National Park itself, or even more if you like hiking because there are a lot of hikes to do!

There are lots of hikes in Capital Reef but then there is also the Cathedral Valley Loop drive which goes in and out of the park. This drive is something you should not miss as some of the most beautiful sights that we saw on our trip were located in this area.

Note: You will need a 4×4 vehicle to do the drive or Book a Tour like this one!

Do you need a car to get to Capital Reef National Park?

Yes, you will need a car to get around Capital Reef National Park, unless you join a group tour like this 7 day Mighty 5 Tour which starts in Salt Lake City.

couple sitting at horseshoe bend Utah
Horseshoe Bend, Utah

The tour takes you to all of the must-see spots on a Utah road trip. The tour takes you to Instagramable spots in Utah like:

  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Bryce Canyon
  • Monument Valley
  • SO MUCH MORE

Are there campsites in Capital Reef?

There is only one developed campground in Capital Reef National Park. It is called Fruita Campground, which has 71 sites and you can reserve from March 1 to October 31.

There are also 2 primitive campgrounds, the Cedar Mesa Campground which has 5 sites and a pit toilet and the Cathedral Valley Campground, which you will need a 4×4 vehicle to get to. There are no toilets available at this campground.

What is the closest town to Capital Reef National Park

The closest town to Capital Reef is Torrey which is only a 15 minute drive from the Visitors Centre. There is also Hanksville, which is a 45 minute drive from the Visitors Centre.

Hanksville is famous for having lots of hidden gems and adventure activities. We spent some time there during our Utah road trip and were blown away by some of the things we saw in the area.

The next closest small town is Boulder which is about a 1 hour drive from Capital Reef and then Escalante, which is a 1.5 hour drive.

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