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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.

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8 days ago

Hiked in the afternoon, reached the trailhead about 4:00 PM and we were back to the car by 6:00.

We didn't have any trouble staying on the the trail, but did find a couple of alternate paths that might have been less strenuous. Beautiful views, all the way around, made it hard to pay attention to where you were putting your feet.

Taking plenty of water goes without saying. I didn't take my trekking pole and really wish that I had. It would have been very helpful on the descent.

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10 days ago

This trail is a real pain in the neck...as in, these beautiful walls are so high, we spent the whole time looking straight up. Stunning canyon walls, especially as it narrows.

I made this a loop trail and just walked back down the road to get back to my car at the grand wash trail head. It was in mid march so it wasn't to hot. It was a great hike and you got to see a lot of different parts of the park.

Sweet hike, really hard for the first quarter mile but other than that it's pretty easy. The Canyon at the top is beautiful. Nice view over the Fruita area and campground.

8 stars if I could! This is BY FAR our families favorite hike. Walking in the water most of the way and lots of shade in the morning, we barely broke a sweat. The falls were lots of fun to clamber around. Make sure to slide down the last one...SO MUCH FUN! Had to climb back up to do it repeatedly! In case you haven't gotten the idea, we HIGHLY recommend this route!

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12 days ago

We picked this trail up at the end of Cohab Canyon and followed it about halfway before returning to the Cohab trailhead. Great views!!

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this trail !! Hard climb up at first and then easy. Don't miss this one!!