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So much fun for both young and old! If you don’t want to of can do the whole hike, start at the VC and work your way back to the third waterfall. From there you can determine if you want to go a little further. VC has a detailed map.

hiking
6 days ago

The bridge is amazing. The rocks along the trail are also featured.

I hiked this trail in the morning alone. The shadow made the scene be kind if mysterious. Great experience!

10 days ago

Easy and very beautiful!

10 days ago

Relatively easy and beautiful!

Fantastic hike through Cohab Canyon. Great views over Fruita valley from the beginning, and of course from the lookout points. Fun spots to scramble on or sit in the shade. Not too crowded. Favorite hike in Capitol Reef NP.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike with a scenic surrounding everywhere you are. The path is a little less defined in some places so keep an eye out for cairns to stay on the path. It is very exposed so plan out your water and time of hiking carefully. It is not a hard hike, it is perfectly moderate and the incline is very doable.

Stunning and not that hard. A great place to sit and rest and enjoy the views midway through - good picnic spot.

Hiked this two summers ago. We parked one car at the visitors center for when we were done to ferry us back to our starting point at Chimney Rock. Once we reached the Sulphur stream , we walked the entire remaining hike in the river . There is a large tree at about the halfway point that makes for a great lunch stop. We did it with a 3 yr old and she walked all but the last mile or so. Beautiful !

Great hike! Recommend going early, I started up at 6:30am and had the trail to myself. It’s definitely “moderate” with a steep incline the first half mile. Not the best marked trail so keep an eye out for markers. The view of the arch at sunrise is amazing.

Fairly easy trail with some elevation- beautiful views and interesting perspectives on several canyons. we continued to the Navejo Knobs trail which was an additional 7 kms and offered spectacular panoramic views at much higher elevation. If you can manage the extra time and elevation the additional views are well worth the effort!

I reccomend doing the loop. Its a moderate hike, but if you are already fatigued can feel like an eternity getting up to the bride. Someone left a toy buddy on a rock, gave me quite a laugh.

If traveling from Capitol Reef to Moab, I suggest this scenic route. Moderate scenic drive with lots of options to stop at viewpoints and stretch the legs a little.

hiking
21 days ago

Pleasant walk, but I didn't find it all that interesting. Would probably be great as a family stroll thru Fruita

hiking
21 days ago

Wonderful. The climb at the start of the hike really got the blood pumping

Hiked July 10th. We went early to get ahead of the heat (lesson learned in Zion). This was our "recovery hike" as it wasn't too strenuous nor too long. We only hiked to the top of the arch and skipped any rappels. Like many reviews, I think the "easy" rating might be a bit misleading. Great views from the top and worth the couple hours invested.

Must do!!

off road driving
27 days ago

This drive is AMAZING! It is unforgettable and I would highly recommend it!

To start get the map for “Cathedral Loop” at Capital Reef’s visitor center. It is a guide for this entire drive and it explains the geology, ecology and history you will want to have to get the most from the trip.

We went in an unmodified Jeep Wrangler Sahara 4x4 and made the whole trip fine in 4 wheel drive. The mucky parts were no issue as long as you don’t stop in them. There were very few mucky parts actually but do check the weather before heading in and do start with the drive through the river because if you can’t make that part you don’t want to leave it for the end and have to turn around and go back 64 miles!!!

What you see in the park does not even compare to what you will see in this loop. We saw 4 vehicles the whole day! We started at 9am at the Visitors Center to zero our trip counter and followed our guide book. We finished at 5:12 PM. Storms are typical in the afternoon so again check that out and carry extra water and food.

Again this trip is totally worth it. I worry now that I will never top this drive! It is that good!

Loved it! So refreshing.

Great for a night hike!

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't mind some bumpy, dusty, remote dirt roads and you have a high clearance vehicle this is a good alternative to a hike, And when you get to the Cathedral Valley, i think that you'll be amazed by the formations.

on Cassidy Arch Trail

hiking
1 month ago

If you don't do the rappels this is an easy, well marked trail that is great for all the family. And a view of the arch from above is unique. My nephews did the rappel route and they loved it.

1 month ago

It was a fun trail! Sunny so best to do when it’s cooler.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great place to watch the colors change over the canyon and see the colors come to life at sunset. Make sure you walk around Panorama Point first and then drive up to Sunset Point. The hike out is leisurely, but it does get crowded. The best time is to be there an hour before sunset and make sure you stay until it actually gets dark. If there are clouds, the sky will illuminate once the sun has moved out of sight. Bring a trail chair, water, and a snack for a great end to the day.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a trail with a striking visual payoff once you reach the Hickman Bridge. I hiked it on a weekday at 5:30 pm 93 degrees and sunny. The beginning of the trail has the main elevation gain via several series of "stairs", wiggles, and structured inclines made of slick rock and dirt. This is not easy if you have cardiac issues, knee problems, balance issues, or are not used to the altitude. Once you reach the "top" you will hike across a completely exposed desert area until you reach the next series of wiggles down to the canyon floor. The views are really great here and you can spend time gazing at Capitol Dome and Pectols Pyramid. The trail continues through the sandy wash with trees and some shade. On the approach to the bridge you will be hiking on slick rock and climbing over other smaller rocks. I took the clockwise loop - it was not well marked and I ended up on a ledge with a sign that told me this was not the trail. Making my way back I wandered a bit and took a slight right and suddenly the Hickman Bridge appeared. You can continue under the bridge and pick up the trail again. Most of the trail will be hiking in a general direction with the path you choose as it is often across rocks and markers (such as 15) may be down. I suggest plenty of water, go later in the day so the canyon cools off for the return trip, bring trekking poles, and expect to spend more time on the hike due to the heat and exploring areas like the little natural arches.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun and easy trail. We spend some time hanging out on the back side of the arch and watched the birds and the chipmunks. There isn't much shade on the trail so bring lots of water.

1 month ago

cool hidden arch. Idk if this trail was easy though...

hiking
1 month ago

Love this hike. Definitely budget time to do this!

hiking
2 months ago

awesome, fairly quick hike with beautiful, fun terrain along the way and an awesome payout at the end. More moderate/strenuous than easy. Hardly anyone on the trail. Have to do a bit of easter egg hunting for the trail markers, but that’s always fun :) Highly recommend.

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