Navajo Knobs Trail is a 9.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, UT that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Drive eastward on Highway 24 approximately 1.5 miles to the Hickman Bridge Trailhead. Follow the Hickman Bridge Trail .25 miles to a fork. Bear right at this trail fork and follow the Rim Overlook Trail 2 miles to the beginning of the Navajo Knobs Trail.
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.
I have hiked a few 360 degree points but this one tops them all, throughout the hike you will have a breath taking view of the canyon, this trail is majorly along the rim. Performing this hike checks off Rim overlook and Hickman bridge overlook. For us it took between 4-5 hours, make sure you have ample water, trail mix, and lunch if required.
At the end is a very short climb but this is well worth the effort, for me it was very windy so could not stay at summit longer but those few minutes up there were totally worth it.
This is an awesome trail with great views all along the way. This is one of the best trails in Capitol Reef. One of my all-time favorite hikes!