Torrey, Utah

Thousand Lakes RV ParkOther reviewers at

May, 2016

The Lowe’s overall rating (based on value for the
money, quality of amenities and utilities, site suitability
and what we think other RV’ers in our situation would
be looking for) = 7 out of 10 stars

Tight quarters on busy days
Large grassy area with plenty of picnic tables around
There are several cute cabins for rent, and the fenced area holds a small pool
New sites where the rocks are, and a new bathroom/laundry facility under construction

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This park got busy, especially on weekends, and the tight spacing
between sites made any chance of seeing the beautiful surrounding
scenery impossible during those times.  But to the staff’s credit,
they intentionally spaced RV’s apart during slower times so we
could enjoy the extra room around our site, as well as a view of the
nearby formations.  This is a fairly quiet and convenient
campground for access to Capitol Reef National Park.  It has a small
pool, a row of nice cabins for rent, a covered area with picnic tables
for groups and a large lawn area for kids and pets to play on.  New
sites are being opened up this year, and it looks like they are doing
a good job with the place.

Road and site access/type?
Gravel interior roads with gravel sites.  Not too dusty here.  Access
into sites was easy, with tree branches being the main concern.  We
were able to open our slides, but unable to open the awning due to
tree branches.  In the heat of summer the tree canopy might offset
the inability to have awnings out.

Sites spacious and/or level?  Comments?
Spacing between sites was tight.  Lengthwise, the pull-through
sites were long enough for a 40’ RV with room to park a car
sideways at the front or rear.  Our site was fairly level, but we saw
several others that were not.

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
We could find no Verizon data with our boosted hotspot, but the
cell phones worked OK.  The campground’s WiFi was the only way
to get online, and it varied between adequate in the early mornings
to extremely slow later in the day.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
A decent table and a rock circle for a fire pit.  The office sold good

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The restrooms near the office were small but clean.  There were
two nice shower stalls with benches, stalls with toilets and a double
sink area.  There were three small laundry rooms throughout the
campground, each consisting of 2 washers, 2 dryers and a folding
table.  The one nearest the office had the largest folding table and
was the preferred spot.

Pet friendly?
On-leash walking of pets was popular here since the campground
consisted of gravel and several grassy areas of various size.  No
dedicated exercise area or paths right out of the park, though.

Bicycle/walking trails nearby?
Nothing directly connected to the park.  Of course, a short drive
into Capitol Reef NP provided endless possibilities for hiking and

Groceries & other services nearby?
The small grocery store in Torrey had most essentials and a few
fruits and veggies.   A larger grocery existed about 14 miles west in
Loa, but we didn’t get a chance to visit it.  Other services are very
“small town” and there are no larger services for things like RV
repairs here.

This is a fine campground for a stay while visiting Capitol Reef,
one of the best in the immediate area that has full hookups and
is off the main road.  The other option is Wonderland RV Park,
which is right at the junction of highways 12 and 24, closer to the
park but right at the busy highway.  We drove by it several times
but did not stop to check it out closely.

I must put in a plug for the gift shop at Thousand Lakes RV Park.
It may be the best gift shop for unique and reasonably-priced
items we’ve seen during our travels.  They carry beautiful items
that we would love to have in our home, not the typical junk stuff.
Be sure to check it out if you get a chance!

I would love to give this campground an “8” rating because of the
nice amenities and environment, but the tightness of the
pull-through sites and lack of Verizon connectivity  were
problematic for us and had to be considered.