Golden Throne Trail

HARD 3 reviews
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Golden Throne Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

3.6 miles 813 feet Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers


Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Drive southward on Scenic Drive to road's end. Bear left and follow Capitol Gorge Road less than 2 miles to the trailhead.

3 months ago

The trailhead is before the parking lot at the end of the dirt road to it and Capitol Gorge Trail. Steady climb up, no scurrying necessary. Great views of weathered sandstone fins (look like it anyway) on your left going up, along with the dirt road that used to be called the Blue Highway (or Roadway), which we now call Capitol Gorge. The trail traces the edge of the gorge like Cassidy Arch Trail and Navajo Knobs Trail do. Amazing views all around. As you approach the end, walk all the way to the "End of Trail" sign and then turn around. The view of the Golden Throne(s) is amazing and worth the hike. After taking pix, go beyond the "End of Trail" sign and look down at the gorge for several other amazing formations, including one we dubbed the 'curtain' or 'drapes' on the left off the overlook, which faces the northwest. This is my favorite NP.

5 months ago

Steep in places, but not a hard hike. And views, especially at the end, that are spectacular.

1 year ago

This is a beautiful trail with a fabulous view at the end.