City: Torrey, Utah
Rating: We rated this park ★★★★ / ★★★★★ (4/5)
Our next stop on our national parks tour of Utah was Capitol Reef National Park. We had better luck finding a place to stay near Capitol Reef National Park than we did at Zion National Park, but it is probably because we booked our space six months ahead of time. On Thursday night of our stay, there were a few open spaces in the park. Friday night was a different story. Wonderland RV Park was a full house! We were exhausted by the time we rolled into the park. We drove through Bryce Canyon National Park on our way from Hurricane to Torrey, and the route we took, although breathtaking, was terrifying at times. We are going to add Utah’s Scenic Route 12 as a road to avoid if we are in the motorhome. We wouldn’t have been as afraid taking the route in my Airstream Basecamp, but with 8-10% grades with hairpin curves (with no railings for the most part) for HOURS, this scenic route was stunning, but definitely not our jam.
We pulled into our space for the night, and we were immediately impressed with the scenery and the cleanliness of the park. It’s crazy to me that this lush, green atmosphere exists amid all of the red rocks. Our site was level, and we were able to get settled quickly. After a quick chat with the neighbors, who happened to have a Cavalier and live in the same suburb of Denver that we do, we were ready to relax for the night. I spent the next hour sitting in the passenger chair watching a storm roll in across the field. At night, the storm intensified, and we fell asleep to the pounding sounds of wicked wind and rain. Call me crazy, but I love a good storm while I’m tucked inside my cozy RV.
We like this park, and we’d recommend it to any of our friends. You can tell right away the owners and the staff care about the grounds. Everything was pristine here. There were sprinklers going all day, and the staff meticulously moved each hose to water the next section of grass. We drove through the town of Torrey and saw many other RV parks, and Wonderland’s facilities stood leagues above the other RV parks in the area, so we are happy with our decision to stay here. This tiny and simple park is a great stop for any kind of RV traveler, solo or otherwise.
Major Points of Interest
The Park’s Amenities
Electric 30 and 50
Wi-Fi (The cell signal is weak out here, but the Wi-Fi was pretty good)
Laundry (very small)
Well-tended grass patches next to each gravel driveway
A Picnic table at each site
Satellite Service (available if you have satellite service)
Community fire pit
Tree-lined spaces (but not too much shade)
Outdoor sporting area
Small store with ice for sale
Restrooms and Showers
Not Available At Wonderland RV Park
Fire pits at each site
What Do The Dogs Think?
Teddy and Pippa, our Cavalier King Charles Spaniels give this resort 7 out of 8 paws up. There were nice grassy spots next to every space and a beautiful dog run close to our site. Sometimes the sprinklers made it tough for the dogs to play in the grass, but the green grass needs to stay green somehow, right? There were some little tree pieces that looked like caterpillars that stuck to the neighbor dog’s fur, but his fur was a lot longer than Teddy and Pippa’s fur, and we didn’t experience that problem.
Which RV Did We Take?
We took our Fleetwood Southwind 35k class A motorhome and towed our 4-door Jeep Wrangler. This is the first trip with our TOAD, and we couldn’t be happier with our Jeep!
Other Things to Note
There are some amazing places to boondock in and around Capitol Reef. We saw all kinds of RVs camping on the public lands coming into the town of Torrey, and we saw some isolated and picturesque boondocking spots in the backcountry when we took the Jeep on our off-road trek through Capitol Reef. We like to boondock, but we’d probably not try it with our motorhome on a trip like the one we are on. I rely on the internet to work, and as a freelancer, I have to be particular about service on a long trip. If you like off-the-grid camping, you should check out the public lands. If you have a large camper, trailer, or motorhome, I’d recommend staying at Wonderland. For smaller truck campers or off-road friendly RVs like my Airstream Basecamp (which is made for off-roading and boondocking), I think camping in the backcountry of Capitol Reef would be just the adventure your little camper would be perfect for.