Capitol Gorge Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, UT that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until May.
Gorge hiking, modern petroglyphs, water tanks and hidden arch This hike follows the gorge for the first mile, varing in width from 50' in places to about 10' at its narrowest. We followed the dry creek bed down the middle of the gorge, missing the actual trail on the far left side of the gorge. The creek bed was more initeresting, but we missed the sign for petroglyphs, about a 1/4 of a mile into the hike. We caught the sign on the way back, but still had trouble making out the alleged petroglyphs. After another 1/4 of a mile is the Pioneer Register. This is a series of names and dates from the late 1800's thru the early 1900's. Continuing down the gorge, you will come to a spur trail on your left, for the tanks. These are well worth the scramble up the rocks and slickrock. The trail is a series of switchbacks, marked with rock cairns, sometimes hard to follow. The tanks are a series of large potholes, some with water, some dry. Be sure and find the small arch in the drainage on your descent from the tanks.
Relatively easy hike, the tanks offer a nice anchor for a photograph. My wife thought the tanks were kind of a letdown as a destination.
This is a very interesting and beautiful trail. The petroglyphs are a short walk from the parking lot and the pioneer registry is very cool although it would be easy to miss both. The climb to the tanks is steep and narrow. Bring plenty of water. The reflection of the sun on the floor and walls is like a microwave. We ended our hike at the tanks as this was 2.4 miles rt already.
Easy, well marked hike through a redrock gorge. The tanks at the top are a little underwhelming, but do make a good anchor for a photograph.
Very nice hike through the gorge. The scenic drive down to the trailhead was awesome. The views are fantastic.
It's a beautiful scenic drive out and there are restrooms & a covered picnic area at the trailhead. The trail is mostly flat ground (all except for the end if you are heading to the tanks). There are only about two visible petroglyph images, but with the pioneer names way up on the cliffs and the tanks this trail is pretty great. This gorge used to be an actual road to get through the park before highway 24 was built. We were told by a park ranger that there is still a vehicle parked on the road about 1.5 miles past the tanks (it got stuck in the mud and never made it out). We went in Oct and there were several tanks with water in them. One was clean enough I let my kids swim in (about 4-5 ft deep in deepest part). We saw small frogs & bats on the hike. We were also told by a friend that the poles hanging out over the trail were added to hang lanterns back in the day.
The drive down here is great in itself. The hike to the tanks is pretty cool. Look at the petroglyphs on the way through the wash.
A easy hike in one of the gorges of Capitol Reef. The pioneers carved their names on the canyon walls.