Utah's Sandstone Inn & Restaurant sits in a picturesque region only minutes from Capitol Reef National Park.

This area of southern Utah has a diversity of landscape like no other in the State - red rock formations and canyons, pristine meadows, alpine forests, as well as lush green valleys. These landscapes provide for days upon days of outdoor recreation from hiking or biking to horseback riding, ATV tours, hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, or maybe just a quiet picnic. 

Surrounded by beautiful mountains, forests, plateaus and rivers, there is no end to the beauty you will experience in this region. The Sandstone Inn is the perfect base for your exploration. This is just a sampling of all that is available to you as a guest. 


Located just minutes from Sandstone Inn & Restaurant, Capitol Reef National Park is truly the hidden jewel of central and southern Utah. It is just as scenic as the more famous area parks, but is delightfully less developed, with fewer annual visitors. Capitol Reef National Park is a hiker's park with myriad trails for casual walking outings or serious hiking adventures. Hiking in Capitol Reef National Park is pleasant all year and the vastness assures one of quiet solitude.

• Capitol Dome is a majestic white sandstone formation that resembles the U.S. Capitol building.

• Chimney Rock is a towering 400-foot-tall sandstone pillar

• Hickman Bridge is a huge natural arch spanning 133 feet wide and 125 feet tall.

• The Fremont Petroglyphs were etched in sandstone by the Fremont people who inhabited the area 1,000 years ago

• Early Mormon pioneers also left their mark in Capitol Reef, carving their names in sandstone at Pioneer Register to acknowledge their travels.

• Elijah Behunin was built in 1882 out of red sandstone to blend in with the surrounding landscape.

• The historic Gifford Farmhouse, built in 1908.

• The small town of Fruita inside the Park has more than 2,500 fruit trees, some of which were originally planted by Mormon pioneers. Visitors can stroll through the orchards and eat fruit fresh off the trees.

• Cathedral Valley is a remote area in the northern end of the Park where enormous monoliths soar hundreds of feet high. 

The outdoor enthusiast will also thrill in any of these area activities:

ATV/Motorcycle: The areas surrounding Capitol Reef National Park are home to hundreds of miles of off-road routes ranging from relaxing drives to nail biting adventures. 

Auto Tour: Auto tour scenic Highway 24 through the heart of Capitol Reef National Park, stopping to view the Fremont Indian rock art just east of the visitor center. 

Biking Trails: Choose an easy ride along a scenic 19 miles of the best of Capitol Reef National Park.  Or you may opt for a strenuous ride along the Tantalus Flats trail which begins high on the flank of Boulder Mountain and descends 14 miles on a moderately technical double track into the contorted ridges and canyons of the Water Pocket Fold.  For the more skilled, the Cathedral Valley trail provides 65 miles of extremely remote and seldom seen formations and vistas. 

Boating: There are several beautiful mountain lakes in Dixie National Forest that are great places for motorized and non-motorized boating.  

Fishing/Hunting: You'll find great fishing for Brook and Rainbow trout in the fall. The Freemont River provides for large, catchable browns and hearty rainbows. Elk and deer hunting in southern Utah is becoming more and more sought after by serious trophy trackers. 

Hiking/Canyoneering: If wondering through pine forests and around alpine lakes and breathing the thin air at ten thousand feet is what you crave, then Boulder Mountain is where you want to be. Capitol Gorge, Golden Throne Trail, and Hickman Bridge Trail are just some of the relatively short and well developed trails designed to make a day hiker’s paradise. 

Winter Recreation: Boulder Mountain and Thousand Lake Mountain offer a variety of trails that reward the rider with outstanding views of the surrounding desert while traveling amongst pine and aspen forests, peaceful lakes and broad open meadows. 

Jeep Tours: Back-country roads lead in all directions through diverse terrain and elevations. Choose from high desert terrain, red rock or mountain and forests.

Picnicking: There are dozens of picnic areas for groups large and small to enjoy. You don't need to go far…slow your pace with a relaxing picnic right on the grounds at Sandstone Inn & Restaurant. 

Wildlife Viewing: You don't need to own fancy equipment to enjoy wildlife viewing. This is a past time enjoyed any season by any age group. While on tour in the regions surrounding Sandstone Inn & Restaurant, you might just catch a glimpse of black bear, marmot, kangaroo rat, black billed magpie, pinion jay, porcupines, pronghorn antelope, or the elusive Utah Prairie Dog. 

Winter Recreation: The area's snow-covered elevations are ideal for snowmobiling, or cross-country skiing for quiet serenity. In lower elevations, winter day-time temperatures are very conducive to hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all-terrain vehicle adventures

Enjoy outdoor adventure in spectacular settings and the celebrated hospitality of Sandstone Inn & Restaurant.     

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