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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.

The views on this hike are spectacular! The Rim Overlook is breathtaking. Once you get over another ridge and find The Castle it is absolutely stunning as well. Would definitely recommend this hike. I went in October so it was not that hot. However the hike has little to no shade, so go early or at a cooler time of the year. The only thing that makes this hike hard is the length. The incline is not bad.

around every bend something new to see.

wonderful hike

Fairly straightforward trail leading to the arch - which is AMAZING. Definitely worth doing. Fairly steady path throughout, with a few good overlooks into the valley too.

My favorite way to do this trail is start at grand wash, and come up through Cohab. Ending up at the campground. Plan accordingly to have a way back to your vehicle. Such a nice hike

9 days ago

The first overlook is stunning, with sheer cliffs that overlook the main road and let you gaze down the waterpocket fold. The view from the knobs gives a different view, not quite as stunning, but very worth it. I would rate this trail as moderate. Besides the heat, it is not very difficult.

A very good trail for a moderate backpacking trip. I went with one other person and we found a great spot to camp in one of the side canyons. we had the entire canyon to ourselves all Saturday, did not see anyone else. there was no water so our packs were fairly heavy, which made the initial climb from the post trailhead fairly strenuous, but easy going once in the canyon. very steep walls with huge alcoves formed by water cutting, super beautiful. No bugs, bring sunscreen. Do the route counterclockwise, the highlights are all within the canyon. Overall the trip is very manageable for more beginner backpackers such as ourselves. Highly recommend!

i gave this 5 for people with any age kids or teens. being able to mess around in the cold water whenever you want is perfect!!

9/28/18 - Having driven past this trailhead many times, I was under the impression that it was a short jaunt to see the base of Chimney Rock. It’s quite a bit more than that. The trail guide at the trailhead shows the elevation profile and also describes the trail as strenuous. For a big man who doesn’t get out as much as I used to, I’d agree with that assessment. I took the right fork at the first trail junction, and that results in the most consecutive climbing, and I prefer it that way. The rest of the trail was a gentle saunter by comparison. There are no close-up views of chimney rock, and most of them are either straight-on or even above the feature. This trail isn’t really about Chimney Rock, then. It’s about views of the eastern side of the Waterpocket Fold. There’s a great variety of color in the rocks and soil, as in much of the park. I went before noon, and there are some shady spots on the northern half of the loop just before the Spring Canyon junction. Definitely bring more water than you think you might need, especially from April-September.

17 days ago

Good trial. Steady climb up with great views once you get away from the parking lot. Very exposed during the middle of the day so bring lots of water. Take Capitol Gorge road to the parking lot at the end of the dirt road and the trailhead is near the beginning of the parking lot.

20 days ago

When we did this hike we only saw about 10 people on the trail. It was a good, moderate hike and so beautiful!!

A good hike. The view is really good. Lots of people though make it difficult for pictures.

20 days ago

Great hike. Wonderful views all around. Lots of people.

A climb at first but the views along the way and at the top are great.

off road driving
22 days ago

Wow. Just wow.

Easy and gorgeous with a full moon view

Awesome trail. My first slot canyon and it did not disappoint. Went about 4 miles in to the arch...pretty dang awesome and no super hard spots.

22 days ago

Wonderful short hike. The trail guide is well done, and worth the 50 cent donation to the park. Super informative. The bridge kind of hides itself against the cliffs until it suddenly doesn't. Worth doing for sure.

22 days ago

Good short hike. It's a climb that is steady, but noticeably steeper in the 2nd half. Great views, fantastic switchbacks, and the Golden Throne itself is marvelous.

The overlook trailhead begins at the end of a 4x4 trail. We made it easily in a Jeep with off road tires. We saw another group make it in just a Hyundai Santa Fe. The hike from the end of the jeep trail is only about a half mile to the overlook. The view is outstanding! You can see the length of the waterpocket fold for miles in both directions. The rock formations along the way are also fantastic.

23 days ago

The first mile or so of the hike is out in the open with no cover from the sun and lots of deep sand. Things get better once you're in the canyon as it slowly tightens into a narrow slot. There are a couple choke stones that you'll have to climb over that seem to get more challenging the further you go. The route was long but not busy. We saw only a hand full of people on a late September weekend.

Gorgeous hike. The last 0.5 mile is hard to track, trail wise. Keep your eye out for cairns and you should find the way.

25 days ago

One of our favorite hikes during our recent trip to 7 Utah parks. Started from Great Wash at highway 24 so it was a full morning up and back. If starting from parking lot at arch trailhead it might be a 2 hour trip out and back, max. The Cassidy Arch portion is not too difficult, only the first portion is mildly strenuous. Reminder is a winding trail with some slip rock scrambling. Some fantastic canyon views and the arch itself is amazing. Trail had only a few small groups on it at mid morning. Much of trail is full sun exposure. Great trail and suitable for families as well. Lots of space at arch so a great place to hang out and have lunch or a snack.

26 days ago

The first Part was hard but the views on top where very great and than it was easy. We liked it and would do it again!

27 days ago

Beautiful arch and great views. Well worth the hike. Very few people in the full parking lot went up Cassidy, most wandered down the wash. A little strenuous for some during the first mile climb but we had no issue and it was over 90 and sunny so very doable. Take the hike you’ll be happy you did

27 days ago

great hike, even in 90 degree noon sun. moderate traffic. best done in morning. easy to follow and lots of variety. be prepared for lots of stairs during this hike of 130m elevation. bring water! gave one of my water bottles to a gent who didn't have any stone he looked like he was about to crumble.

28 days ago

Absolutely stunning world class Narrows. Definitely a long hike, and very hot! I did the hike in one day out and back solo, but I'd recommend making this a multi-day adventure so you can enjoy all the fun side canyons. Water sources are few and far between with the only two I found being at the Narrows (Usually always water), and the Water Tanks (which run dry sometimes). Also, cover up! The biting flies are HORRIBLE!!! The will fly fly up your pants if you give them a chance. I forgot to bring pants, so I was plagued by these monstrosities the whole time! I literally covered up my legs in ducttape to try and fend them off. Also bring heavy duty bug spray like ecalyptus oil, and 100% DEET because nothing short of those two combined will stay those monsters. Overall this hike was so worth it, but come prepared.

Also when it comes to driving bring a High Clearence 4X4 vehicle because the road to the trailhead is rocky!

Nice trail but not much diversity.

Loved it and the history! Highly recommend it

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