Explore the most popular camping trails in Capitol Reef National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

backpacking
30 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.

Get here early to avoid the heat and the crowds. Imagine a cave with a REAL tall sun roof. Take plenty of water as there are only seasonal springs in winter and early spring. Not technically hard; just a long walk in the heat if you're not early. Moonlight doesn't help as the cliff walls are too high.

This hike was alright, but definitely not a hike I would consider to even be moderate. The only difficult thing about this hike is the heat and the constant sun. Hiked this on June 6th and it was 92 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky. The history markers were probably the best part. I was personally really looking forward to the water tanks but they were all dried out which was really disappointing.

One of my favorite hikes in Capital Reef. Very easy and very scenic.

hiking
6 months ago

A very enjoyable hike starting out as a ramble along the Fremont River and orchards and then climbing up to a beautiful view of the fold and Fruita.

walking
8 months ago

Really easy trail - the only dog friendly one at the park. I went here in February, the temperature was in the 40s, but was warm in the sun. Because it was off-season it wasn't crowded - in fact I was the only one there (on the trail).

The park is beautiful - worth seeing. I wish I had camped out there or got a cabin and did some more trails.

hiking
11 months ago

Sweet time

So amazing

Monday, October 02, 2017

The steep climb is fun. Stopped to pick fruit in the orchards on the way back.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

This trail was not as scenic as others we did, plus we went mid- afternoon and there was very little shade, and in the high 90 degree range. Take lots of water with you!

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

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
Wednesday, June 14, 2017

First half is good for a stroll, second half is a good hike. For our 5 year old son was it a good distance.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Most of the trail is flat and sand with rocks. At the end of the trail you can walk up to rocks to overlook some of the canyon you walked through. The petroglyphs were cool to see along with the registry.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice canyon hike, good points of interest like petroglyphs, pioneer register, lamp poles, historical use which bumped it up a star. Water tanks a disappointment, not worth the effort to see basically puddles. Not as good as Grand Wash which we had done earlier in the day.

hiking
Monday, April 24, 2017

I thought the drive into the trailhead was cooler than the actually hike. The hike is simple and flat, fun to be in the slot. Finding the pots proved to be difficult, mainly because we got led astray by someone who pretended to know what they were talking about. Follow the cairns and it shouldn't be difficult.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nice trail, petroglyphs, pioneer signatures, narrows, but could not find the tanks. Do when at the park. Nice hike for kids.

scenic driving
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great drive, leads to several hikes.

hiking
Sunday, December 11, 2016

I went there with a small group the beginning first September. We drove south from Capitol Reef NP. We had a 4runner, but road could have easily been done with something smaller. Bumpy, but otherwise drivable. The last .5 miles to the TH got a little crazy. If you have a smaller car, you may have to walk that. Back country permits were required but free at the visitor's center.
They will give you a topo map of the trail. If you're good at reading maps, it is a valuable reference for where you are because once we dropped into the canyon we had no service and no GPS.
The creek was completely dry for the first 5 or 6 miles. If you're going late summer, make sure you bring plenty of water. It is really hot and dry.
At about 6-mile we stated seeing small puddles of water pop up. The water pump came in really handy at this point.
We followed the creek bed going in. It probably made the hike longer, but it was easier to navigate. There are tons of trails winding down the canyon so if you decide to stick to the trail, don't be discouraged if you lose it. You'll find another one.
There are no signs marking the trial down there. You pretty much follow the canyon the whole way.
We camped just before the slots the first night. We decided to leave our camp set up the next day and just hike the slots with day packs. This worked pretty well and made we it back to camp just before sunset.
We started seeing more water in the slots. Bring your water shoes because you will get wet. There was only one point that the water was deep enough to have to swim through. The rest of the creek wasn't any higher than the calf.
Once you leave the slots on the south side, the trail cuts back north across the desert. This trail may be easy to miss at first but as long as you're moving in the right direction, you'll find it. Use the canyon walls as reference.
It is a really fun hike. I would recommend going earlier in the year if you want to find more water and cooler temperatures. We only saw one other group while we were down there.
TBH, I've been through better slot canyons, but it was awesome overall.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Beginning is just ok but once it starts climbing its awesome!

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

This is a very interesting and beautiful trail. The petroglyphs are a short walk from the parking lot and the pioneer registry is very cool although it would be easy to miss both. The climb to the tanks is steep and narrow. Bring plenty of water. The reflection of the sun on the floor and walls is like a microwave. We ended our hike at the tanks as this was 2.4 miles rt already.

hiking
Friday, May 20, 2016

Easy, well marked hike through a redrock gorge. The tanks at the top are a little underwhelming, but do make a good anchor for a photograph.

hiking
Sunday, April 19, 2015

Very nice hike through the gorge. The scenic drive down to the trailhead was awesome. The views are fantastic.

hiking
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We traveled with a university group of 9 in mid-march from the TH to Fountain Tanks. We came via the Burr Trail Road then headed south on the Notom-Bullfrog Road. The last .5 mile or so of the road to the TH is pretty gnarly (high clearance recommended) and could be impassable when wet. The roads were dry for us and the Tahoe and Jeep did fine. The TH has a picnic table and parking. The first 1.5 miles of trail drop right into the canyon and are pretty strenuous. Once in the valley, the hiking is flat and easy. The trail parallels the creek and is easy to find. The creek was running low and was very silty. We made it to the Fountain Tanks and they were a much more reliable water source. Exploring other slots nearby, we found many other pools that had clear water. Lots of Cryptobiotic soil made campsite selection tricky. Lots of fresh tracks and wildlife! The temps during the day were in the low to mid 50's with a light breeze from the south and low 30's at night. It threatened to rain our last day, but no precip. Cell phone reception is nonexistent. Bring a SAT phone or Spot-type device for communication. A permit is required for camping and can be only be obtained in person at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center in Torrey. For updates on weather, trail and road conditions, etc. call the Center @ 435.425.4111. Such an awesome place with lots of options for exploring!

hiking
Saturday, February 07, 2015

Brimhall Bridge is one of the best arches I've seen. Bring bug spray! The deer flies In Halls Creek were terrible when I went in June.

hiking
Monday, October 20, 2014

It's a beautiful scenic drive out and there are restrooms & a covered picnic area at the trailhead. The trail is mostly flat ground (all except for the end if you are heading to the tanks). There are only about two visible petroglyph images, but with the pioneer names way up on the cliffs and the tanks this trail is pretty great. This gorge used to be an actual road to get through the park before highway 24 was built. We were told by a park ranger that there is still a vehicle parked on the road about 1.5 miles past the tanks (it got stuck in the mud and never made it out). We went in Oct and there were several tanks with water in them. One was clean enough I let my kids swim in (about 4-5 ft deep in deepest part). We saw small frogs & bats on the hike. We were also told by a friend that the poles hanging out over the trail were added to hang lanterns back in the day.

hiking
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The drive down here is great in itself. The hike to the tanks is pretty cool. Look at the petroglyphs on the way through the wash.

hiking
Sunday, September 01, 2013

Trail follows the Freemont river near the campground and orchards. Its very easy for the first 1/2 mile along the river. Then climbs up to a valley overlook where there is a great view of the valley.

hiking
Thursday, March 28, 2013

A easy hike in one of the gorges of Capitol Reef. The pioneers carved their names on the canyon walls.

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