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Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 378 mi² (979 km²) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles (120 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Mountain southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. Capitol Reef is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The local word reef referred to any rocky barrier to travel.

A challenging hike but well worth it with great views. Pay close attention to "markers" of stones or dried wood that others have created to keep you on track. Take plenty of water-especially during hot weather!! This can't be stressed enough, I thought I had enough water and mistakenly I didn't. Be sure to follow the signs out to the top of the arch! This is the most Fantastic part!! I mistakenly took the trail further down to a lookout point then turned around to return.

The 6 mile drive on the up and down dirt road was harrowing. The trail was pretty easy; prepare to have wet feet. Very neat place!

hiking
8 days ago

3/10 Difficulty. Unbelievable, I suggest continue on to Rim Overlook, my favorite hike in all of utah. Its like Mars and its breathtaking in all directions, everystep of the way.

rock formations are nice, we did it in 2 hours with kids so I would classify it as moderate. only the first 10 minutes are steep then it becomes a flatten walk. north and south overview are meh, pretty much the same so check the north if you don't have time.

Just beautiful and easy

Tough hike, but I'm not in the best of shape.

It was a great hike for our scout group to go and hike. It wore them out but us leaders wanted to do more.

hiking
12 days ago

It's a short .9-1 mile trail up to the Bridge. You will ascend close to 400 feet total when it's all said and done. The first .5 mile has the most gain, and really isn't bad at all. If you have any fear of heights, the only bad part is by the first switch back section. It's really not bad. My wife, who is deadly afraid of heights made it through just fine. The trail consists of a well worn obvious pathway all the way to the bridge. There is a spot just before the bridge that has some cairns marking the way. Make sure to bring water with you, and don't be fooled by the short distance. It gets very hot in this area.