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Completed over two days but hits most of the high points and you get a pretty good appreciation with this drive. Obviously you’d wanna do the longer hikes (devils garden) early on in the morning but you also wanna do the shorter ones early to avoid the crazy crowds because of how accessible those ones are so you have to decide

It’s beautiful! Make sure to stop at the different turnouts. It’s worth a little delay.

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.

Would be great if the map reflected that the actual highway of legends is hwy 12 from Trinidad to Laveta instead of interstate 25.

I hiked only portions of this, rather than the entire trail because I was deviating to other trails on the same trip. The miles of this trail I hiked had me pass Emerald Pools, which was lovely. I also thought the view was incredible once you pass Emerald Pools, where I was looking down, through the valley.

Love Richland creek, falling water and all the other falls along this beautiful creek

beautiful hike especially during mid spring. If you plan to complete the entire trail dont forget water and possibly energy bars or snacks. Its a great hike and a great accomplishment

9 days ago

Great drive, love the canyon and the waterfalls in the area are well worth the small hikes to see them.

scenic driving
11 days ago

It's not a hike unless you want to walk in the road or on the shoulder. It IS a gorgeous drive, especially in the fall.

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 !

off road driving
16 days ago

Easy beginner trail with great views from the pass. We rented a jeep from BV Jeeps in Buena Vista, grabbed some sandwiches in town and set off from the St Elmo side. We also did a short trail to Mary Murphy Mine nearby. A great day.

I ran it but it’s road running not trail. Beautiful morning run before they let the cars use the road

It is a beautiful drive through some great forests. You can still see the damage caused by the wildfires several years ago. Very slow driving because of the many turns.

Very scenic road with great scenic overlooks.

scenic driving
17 days ago

Breath taking place. So many beautiful sights

Beautiful area! Paradise for a true nature lover!

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.

Beautiful scenic drive in Moab area.

scenic driving
21 days ago

We forgot to record the entire drive, but we started at the toll booths in Springdale and went all the way to the eastern edge of the park (one way). One worry I had was would our Volvo with bikes mounted on top be OK to go through the tunnels, and they were. Do keep in mind that the tunnels have a height restriction and bigger vehicles like buses or RVs may need an escort. The escort may cost extra, but otherwise there are no additional charges to go through the tunnel (without escorts). We did not do any hiking, but did stop at a few viewpoints to soak in the scenery, so we were in the park about 3 hours. It was a beautiful day and not too many people. As it had rained earlier in the week (with flash floods and rock slides), we think many may have avoided the park today (July 14). But as all of the roads were open, we had a pleasant drive through. Hope to come back again for some hikes!

off road driving
28 days ago

Not the most technical trail but the views are hard to beat! Great way to beat the heat in the summer as well when it's 100+ in Grand Junction.

Absolutely worth the drive. Some amazing views of the Arizona high desert.

scenic driving
1 month ago

The only bad part was when it ended.

Excellent drive enroute to devil's tower.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Great drive, very scenic. Did enroute to Devil's tower.


Great prairie route, remote, also leads to Pawnee Buttes, Pawnee national grasslands, which has some great hikes and camping.

love the scenic trails.

scenic driving
1 month ago

We did this drive on 7/6/18 and I enjoyed it. We didn't make it out to the Devils Garden end, but will do that another time. I was blown away by how crowded this place was. Crazy amount of people. Could not even find a parking place at the Windows area. And was disappointed to see the amount of people climbing all over the rocks at Double Arch. I think the park service needs to re-evaluate where they let people go. It was not cool in my eyes. You could not get a picture of the arches without people in your pic. I will return here some year at an off season time, and hope to see less crowds. There should be a limit on vehicles allowed in too, there clearly is not enough parking for all the cars they let in. Not even close. The line went on forever when we were leaving. Great pics to be taken, but I think some things should be done to manage the crowds.

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