Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 378 mi² (979 km²) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles (120 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Mountain southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. Capitol Reef is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The local word reef referred to any rocky barrier to travel.
Emily M. on Cassidy Arch Trail
Must do! Our fav hike in Capitol Reef, tho we only did the shorter ones due to time... lots of incline, views, slick rock.. Really fun!
Emily M. on Cohab Canyon Trail
our intro hike to capitol reef! not difficult, cool short slot canyons and views of the beautiful fall trees & area around Fruita!
Great Narrow canyon trail displaying unusual intense pocketing of cliff walls. Opportunities for slot canyon exploration. We hiked from the Giffords end to the intersection of the Frying Pan Trail and back About 2 hours and very worthwhile. Steep quarter mile of switchbacks at beginning give way to gentle hiking the rest of the way.
The Alltrails description of this hike is from the Highway 24 trailhead but the map is from the Gifford House end. We hiked in from the Highway 24 end of the Cohad Trail switched to the Frying Pan Trail and then to the Cassidy Arch Trail to Casidy Arch. A truly great and strenuous hike (lots of up and down) but not difficult nor edgy. The way we did it it encompassed about 8.5 miles and about 5 hours. The Arch is impressive and the only one we've found in southeast Utah that is easily walked across on top given its massive width.
We hiked from the Route 24 trailhead. A very flat, easy 2.5 hour round trip through magnificent canyon narrows with a very convenient park toilet at the turn around point which for us was the parking area for those hiking in from the scenic drive end.
This is a tough one, I would give it a 4.5 stars, I liked it, my wife hated it! which kinda killed the hiking mood that day, I thought it was an enjoyable hike, my wife is a "stair hater" this hike exceeded her stair tolerance. thus her bad mood which unfortunately effects my hike as well, If you don't have time for Cassidy Arch, this is a must do, other wise do them both if you have time! Can get hot, so be prepared!
I am from Illinois and this trail was pretty hard on the inclines and in the sun. Bring a lot of water! There is so much to see along this trail, but at times it was a little confusing to find the path so we just sort of went the way we thought and it worked out. 7/7/2016
My wife and I hiked this last year on our maiden voyage to CRNP. My 4-star rating is really a 4.5. It is a long hike, so start earlier than normal, or you risk horrible heat emanating from the slick rock as you descend. This hike loses a half-step because of the repetitive and pounding slick rock; 80% of the hike is up or down it. Wear sturdy boots that are comfortable and allow for the constant sliding and pressure of your feet moving toward the toe portion of your boot. You can't stop them no matter how you tie your boots. The views of Fruita are beautiful, and the views into Chimney Rock and toward Cathedral Valley are worth it. Scramble to the top of the Knobs and you get the 360-view, plus the adrenaline rush of height and accomplishment. Not for kids or the injured or overweight. Bring snacks and a lot of water.