Small Towns of Southern Utah

Small Towns of Southern Utah

Around Fremont RV Park you'll find a number of quirky small towns, each with its own unique character and charm. We've listed a few of our favorites below. For more information on the unusual locations in our area, give us a call or shoot us an email. We'd love to hear from you.  

Torrey, Utah

  • Distance: 16.1 miles
  • Main attraction: Dark Skies
Originally settled in the late 1800s by Mormon settlers, Torrey, Utah now has around 200 residents. The town is on SR 24 (Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway) and is just eight miles from the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.

If you're interested in night photography, astrophotography, or simply stargazing, Torrey is definitely a place you want to check out. Torrey is accredited by the International Dark-Sky Association as an International Dark Sky Community. The town goes to great pains to keep this designation. Light pollution is kept to a minimum through outdoor-lighting ordinances and the use of special outdoor lighting.

Other activities to enjoy in Torrey include the annual Cowboy Music and Poetry Festival, Torey Apple Days, and exploring nearby Boulder Mountain.

Bicknell, Utah

  • Distance: 8.0 miles
  • Man attraction: Bicknell Film Festival
Bicknell, Utah was originally established in the late 1800s as Thurber, Utah. The name was changed in 1914 when Thomas Bicknell offered to build a library in exchange for the name change. Currently, the town has a little over 300 residents.

Bicknell maintains a movie theater that puts on the annual Bicknell International Film Festival. During the festival, three really bad B films are shown. The festival also includes a 55 mph parade. Bicknell is also known for the Bicknell Bottoms fish hatchery and wildlife habitat.

Teasdale, Utah

  • Distance: 14.0 miles
  • Main attraction: Teasdale Cultural Hall
Teasdale, Utah was originally settled in 1870 by LDS members. Today, the town has a population of around 190. Teasdale is located at the base of Boulder Mountain, overlooking Capitol Reef National Park's ridges. The town Is also the location of the Dixie National Forest Services.

Teasdale's main attraction, besides it's great views of Boulder Mountain, is the Teasdale Cultural Hall. The historic structure is maintained by the Teasdale Cultural Hall Project. The scenery around Teasdale is fantastic, as is the fishing and hiking in the area.  

Hanksville, Utah

  • Distance: 63.7 miles
  • Main attraction: Hanksville-Burpee Quarry
Hanksville, Utah was established in 1882. Robbers Roost, the hideout for Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch, is just southeast of town. Today, the town has a population of around 350. Hanksville is popular with tourists because it is centrally located between San Rafael Swell, Goblin Valley State Park, and Capitol Reef National Park.

Just north of Hanksville is Hanksville-Burpee Quarry, which is filled with fossils from the Jurassic Period. Scientists have found the remains of numerous dinosaurs in the quarry. Hanksville is an extremely popular location for rock climbing and bouldering, with around 36 routes in the area. Finally, Hanksville is the location of the Bureau of Land Management's Henry Mountains Field Station.  

Caineville, Utah

  • Distance: 45.7 miles
  • Main attraction: Dirt biking

Originally settled in 1882, Caineville, Utah was the site of a number of floods over the years. Today, it is virtually a ghost town, with a few residents still populating the area.

Caineville (sometimes called, "Swingarm City" or "Factory Butte") is very well known in the dirt biking community due to the numerous motocross videos filmed nearby. Caineville is considered a freeride area; that is, in areas designed for dirt biking, you're free to ride anywhere. You don't have to stay on trails: There really aren't any. Dirt biking areas are primarily made up of gray shale clay, which is an excellent surface to ride on.

Note that you probably do not want to ride after a heavy rain. The clay sticks to everything, creating a real mess.

For more information on Southern Utah's small towns, give us a call.