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Best trails in Capitol Reef National Park

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Looking for a great trail in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah? AllTrails has 45 great hiking trails, running trails, dogs no trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 25 moderate trails in Capitol Reef National Park ranging from 1.8 to 71.2 miles and from 4,806 to 6,994 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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 park and campgrounds are open year round. The visitor center is open daily (except for some major holidays) from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with extended hours spring through the fall. Entrance Fees The following entrance fees are charged for traveling the park's Scenic Drive beyond the Fruita Campground. Passes are valid for 7 days. Holders of America the Beautiful passes are provided access into Capitol Reef and other federal fee areas. Individuals: $10.00 Admits one individual with no car. Typically used for bicyclists and pedestrians. Private Vehicle: $20.00 Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle and all its occupants. Motorcycles: $15.00 Admits one private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders. The following passes are also available at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center: the America the Beautiful Annual Pass, Senior Pass, Access Pass, Military Annual Pass, Capitol Reef Annual Pass, and the Every Kid Outdoors (4th Grader) Pass. Holders of these passes are provided access into Capitol Reef and other federal fee areas.
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Map of trails in Capitol Reef National Park
Park information
Acreage
241904 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Top trails (45)
#1 - Hickman Bridge Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Please note that the parking lot for this trail is closed due to COVID 19. The Hickman Natural Bridge trail is a very relaxing and scenic trail in Capitol Reef National Park. A trail brochure - availShow more
#2 - Cassidy Arch Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Cassidy Arch Canyon is a technical canyoneering route involving 7 rappels up to 140 ft tall through 3 arches. This awesome canyoneering route starts at the popular Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef NationShow more
#3 - Grand Wash Trail via Northeast Trailhead
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
Grand Wash Trail via Northeast Trailhead is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The traiShow more
#4 - Chimney Rock Loop Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
Chimney Rock Loop Trail is a demanding 3.5 mile loop trail in Capitol Reef National Park located near Torrey, Utah that offers wide panoramic views along the Waterpocket Fold. Starting as a strenuousShow more
#5 - Cohab Canyon Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
A hidden canyon with spur trails and overlooks. Strenuous climb of 320 feet from west to east up 1/4 mile switchback, then moderate. More gradual climb of 440 from east to west.Show more
#6 - Capitol Gorge Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
This hike follows the gorge for the first mile, varying in width from 50' in places to about 10' at its narrowest. You follow the dry creek bed down the middle of the gorge, and take the trail on the Show more
#7 - Goosenecks & Sunset Point
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Goosenecks, vistas of the Capitol Reef, excellent sunsets Arrive in the last two hours before sunset on any evening and you will see photographers setting out their soul-catchers for a popular view iShow more
#8 - Navajo Knobs Trail
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 40 m
Navajo Knobs Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking,Show more
#9 - Sulphur Creek Route
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
While this route can be done as an out and back, hiking it as a one way is the more popular option. As this is a river canyon hike that is mostly downhill the route is typically done as a one-way, topShow more
#10 - Capitol Reef Scenic Drive
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 7.9 mi
Capitol Reef Scenic drive leaves the Capitol reef visitor center and travels through the Capitol Reef NP. There is a fee to make the trip, but there are many hikes and other recreational opportunitiesShow more
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