Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Awesome trail.

This hike was awesome, however it was a little challenging for me as a fairly new hiker. Most of the challenge for us was a later (1:30 pm) start and due to some off-trail exploration, we were pushed for time to finish the trail before sundown. Overall the trail was well-marked with cairns although we did lose the trail for about 15 minutes on the ascent. There was some scrambling up to the top but it really wasn’t that bad. I’d recommend an earlier start so you can fully enjoy the hike unless you’re a super fast hiker! Great views at the top!

Nice fairly easy hike with some great views along the way. The bridge was beautiful and you get to hike right through it.

Really enjoyed this hike due to the scenery and history behind it. Pretty easy but fairly confusing to find the tanks, still makes for a nice adventure.

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7 days ago

We hiked this trail starting from the Hickman Bridge parking lot. Across the street you start out on the Cohab Canyon trail (sign may be blocked by vehicles parked on the road) and go about 3/4 of a mile to the interesection with the Frying Pan trail (sign marks the intersection). There are bathrooms available in the parking lot.

From this direction, most of the hike was uphill, but that just makes the return hike easier! Once you pick up the Frying Pan Trail, be sure to look for cairns marking the way. The views on this hike were amazing! Just beautiful! We passed some other hikers, but not too many. So you can have a nice peaceful hike and enjoy the beauty and scerenity.

Great hike, clearly marked, with great views. Allows you to walk over the arch.

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12 days ago

This was a great hike. The beginning of the trail is where you gain all of the elevation. The trail loops under the bridge which is gorgeous. Probably the best "bang for your buck" hike in the park.

Nice, easy hike. Would be good for kids. Consider the water tanks as optional. This is because they aren't easy to find and the trail is kind of hard to follow. The rest of the canyon before it was great and the pioneer inscriptions were cool to see.

We got a mid morning start and it was very hot, completely sun exposed trail, up hill with early and late moderate climbs. The upper half is through juniper and pinion pine to a fantastic overlook of the gorge and river below . Great spot for a snack. Some great rock formations and a hoodoo along the way. We saw flowering cacti, yucca, red tail hawk and lots of lizards. I definitely recommend this hike but start early to avoid getting cooked in the sun.

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14 days ago

First bit is a little steep, but nothing unmanageable and gorgeous views from the very beginning. There don't seem to be markers for this trail past the entrance but the path is obvious. We took the turnoff toward the campground but then split off to go back up toward the south and north overlooks which are well worth the adventure. Very windy, make sure you keep an eye out for cairns - you can go fairly far out on the overlook as long as you know where to step.

Arrived around noon and it took an hour and half, didn't run in to too many people even thought it was a gorgeous day.

Awesome hike! The Narrows were amazing, except for the last quarter of a mile... which was filled with water..

Great short trail. If you get to Capitol Reef and don't have a ton of daylight left, this is your hike!

This trail should be rated as moderate not easy..The trail is not easily marked, so make sure to watch out for the piled rocks marking the pathway. Definitely worth seeing as the arch is breathtaking!

20 days ago

Good views; well marked with cairned as of early May 2018. Pretty exposed - was very windy while I was up there despite very limited ground winds in the valley. A nice half-day hike for some good views. Not so sure that the views up top are necessarily "better" than those on the rim trail, but def more expansive.

20 days ago

Very well-cairned trail (as of early May 2018) that starts to get scenic a mile or so in. Should really be rated moderate, as none of the incline is very steep and the overall gain/length is quite...moderate. Definitely bring plenty of water in summer, as the entire hike is very exposed.

Amazing hike with great views throughout. A bit of scrambling at the end to get to a spectacular 360 degree view of the park.

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23 days ago

This was an awesome hike but definitely grueling. You get a lot of elevation on the way up but do get some breaks with some down hill and flat. However, the elevation you get back on the way down is like a slap in the face.
360 views are totally worth it though! Bring more water than you think you’ll need. I wished I’d had more than I packed.

Do this trail if you like geology and a vast range of views and formations!

We loved this trail, for the geological differences from the other trails we did at Capital Reef. The first quarter mile is steep, but offers immediate panorama of the historic Fruita district. Then you get into boulders, then a wash before coming to the North and South Overlooks into the valley. Trail is well-marked by cairns along slickrock sections.

It was a fun primitive style trail with plenty of stacked rocks as markers. We got some great pictures and got to watch some people repel down by the arch.

Can be heavy traffic, but plenty of alone places when you get near the top.

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1 month ago

This hike is short and sweet and right off the roadway. While it was a quick intro to Capitol reef, it seemed like the real heart of the park was to the west of this area—wish we had chosen something among the deep red rock formations. The trailhead was busy with less-seasoned hikers, so I would consider this more of a tourist stop than a real hike.

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1 month 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.

A great little hike through time. Though I didn't go up to the tanks, this hike takes you through an imposing gorge with towering rock walls that was the main route through the Waterpocket fold before Rte. 24 was completed. On its walls you can see petroglyphs left by ancient peoples and names carved by early pioneers and travelers. The stories those walls hold !

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1 month ago

A steady uphill hike, difficult to follow in some spots. On the way to the viewpoint you get great views of Hickman Bridge and Pectol Pyramid. The fold rises like the bow of ship and take note of the black volcanic rocks that add a touch of the surreal to the trail. The landscape and vistas won't disappoint.

Easy hike until you get to tanks which were hard to find.

easy walk with great views

great hike and amazing views

We loved this hike! The canyon walls are amazing and stunning to walk through! We came during Spring Break and the crowds were very manageable. The hike is very easy and level and very good for kids of all ages. The length of the hike maybe long for very young children though. We didn’t make it to the end for that reason but still loved doing 2 miles of it out and back.

With 600+ feet of rocky elevation in less than 1 mile, I don’t think this hike would be ranked as “easy.” The park itself classified the hike as “strenuous,” but it is probably more of a heavy moderate. We did it with 2 13 year olds who motores up with no problem. Saw many younger kids as well. Also - in the scheme of heavily travelled trails that I have seen this spring break week in 3 national parks - this wasn’t as busy as most. The views were nice and this hike allows you to see an arch from on top of it. Pretty cool

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