Randy and I spent almost a month at Thousand Lakes RV Park in Torrey Utah. The RV park is well maintained and has a park-like setting. There are approximately fifty sites at the park, most of those being pull throughs with full hookups. They offer back in sites with just water and electricity and eight tent sites.
Thousand Lakes RV Park is located right off of state hiway 24 on the west side of Torrey. The highway noise is not an issue, however, Randy and I stayed there in October – not the busiest time of the year.
Thousand Lakes is less than ten miles from Capital Reef National Park. We came to the park from the east side and drove through a section of the national park on our way in. The area around Torrey is beautiful and there are plenty of sightseeing opportunities.
The roads within the park are gravel as are the sites. Our site was the middle row of three rows and the sites sloped downward from the back. The sloping didn’t affect the use of our jacks. Some sites have a tiny piece of grass, with sites at the end of the rows having a larger bit of grass. It would have been nice for Roxy and Otis to have more grass to lay in, but the downfall of having an end site is that other visitors to the park seemed to think nothing of walking right through the grass instead of walking around.
Speaking of neighbors, the sites are a bit close to each other. Not bad enough that we could reach out from our door and touch the RV next to us.
All the sites have a fire pit and a picnic table. It seemed to me that the fire pits were an after thought, as most of them are near the road. The store at the RV park sells bundles of wood.
These sites are monthly sites. They are back-in only with full hookups. The sites are quite a bit larger, tucked away at the far end of the park. The only drawback that Randy and I could come up with on these sites is that they offer nothing for shade.
While we were at the park in October, the park was unseasonably full. Despite that, the park is quiet.
In the center of the park is a large grassy playground.
The RV park emptied out drastically towards the end of our stay and they let Roxy and Otis play off leash in the grass. Randy and I really appreciated that as the weather was’t nice enough to go anywhere.
Thousand Lakes RV Park is dog friendly, with the normal rules. There are plenty of areas to walk the dogs, plenty of areas for them to sniff and explore. The park does not have pooh stations.
Speaking of garbage … most RV parks have a central dumpster or two. Usually that dumpster is at the farthest end of the park away from our site. Thousand Lakes has many garbage cans throughout the park and those cans are emptied many times a day.
Along one edge of the large grassy area are the tent sites …
… Opposite the tent sites are a row of cabins …
… There is also a pool …
… And playground equipment and a communal fire pit.
There is a separate area with a basketball hoop and a tetherball. This area has a bit of grass, too.
There are also horseshoe pits.
Three more cabins are along the far side of the park. There is a second laundry facility here. That is nice for the people staying at this far end of the RV park.
There is a very nice store which has a huge selection of tee-shirts and light jackets, beautiful indian jewelry, knick-knacks and souvenirs. They also have a small selection of food and RV supplies. Oh, and there is a hair stylist on-site, too. I had Cheryl cut my hair shortly after we arrived. She was reasonably priced and I was happy with the cut.
Thousand Lakes RV Park also advertises the restaurant, the Torrey Grill. The dinner menu is small and offers barbecue items such as ribeye steaks, chicken and ribs with the mainstays of barbecue side dishes. The prices are in the normal range from what I have seen in the RV parks that offer such meals.
Randy and I did not partake in the barbecue dinner. And there was a very good reason for that. When I checked us in at Thousand Lakes, I was offered home baked muffins for the next morning. The muffins were .95 each, if I ordered six, I would get a seventh one free. But of course, I ordered seven! I picked them up in the office the next morning. These were the most horrible excuse for muffins I have ever seen.
The food service closed for the season shortly after Randy and I arrived.
Torrey, for a small town, has quite a bit to offer in the way of eateries. Randy and I had dinner at the Capital Reef Cafe, which was decently priced and the food was good. We also gave Cafe Diablo a try. Cafe Diablo has delicious food, but it is very, very pricy.
The best option for groceries is in Lao Utah, which is about twenty miles away. It is a good thing to note that the grocery store is closed on Sundays. There are three convenience stores in Torrey, and two of those have fuel.
Thousand Lakes RV Park does not offer cable television, but Randy and I were able to pick up most local stations on the antenna. Their WiFi was adequate, and slowed down considerably as more people used it. Our own AT&T signal was slow.
The big question : would we stay here again? The jury is still out on that. Randy and I know that Torrey is on our list of places to return to and for the most part liked Thousand Lakes RV Park. However, the water was extremely hard. So hard that our water softener couldn’t keep up. So hard that I broke a tooth.
There is another RV park on the other side of Torrey that claims to have ‘good’ water. Their sites also have a bit more grass. Randy and I would be tempted to try that park next time.
**Please note that since our Randy and I spent good money for a nice shower and a washer and dryer in our home on wheels, we do not check out the restroom, shower and laundry facilities.**