Explore the most popular river 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.

hiking
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.

off road driving
1 month ago

I've driven this route over 200 times (tour guide) and still enjoy it. It is the premier introduction to the northern part of Capitol Reef National Park. You should always start by crossing the Fremont River Ford in case the weather changes during the day and the river is in flood when you reach it. If it has been wet or looks like there is rain coming do not attempt this route, the bentonite clay becomes very slippery and the lower areas tend to flood. By far the best way to see this scenery is with a guide, you don't have to worry about getting lost or stuck, your vehicle being damaged etc. And of course the guide will point out all the features you might otherwise miss and tell the history of the area. Along the route you will see Bentonite Hills, Jailhouse Rock, Upper South Desert Overlook, Cathedral Valley Overlook, Cathedral Valley, Wall of Jericho, volcanic dykes, Gypsum Sinkhole, Layer Cake, Temples of the Sun and Moon, Glass Mountain, Caineville Wash and Mesa and much much more.

walking
3 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.

walking
4 months ago

fun. not for children under 12, there a couple of places the trail skirts waterfalls which can be challenging without river shoes with a good grip.

Beautiful drive. Easy road if it is dry, but be careful, the clay can get very slick when wet. Bring a lunch and eat at the overlook before dropping into the canyon.

OMG SOOOOOOO OOOOOOO LONG NEVER ENDED

Beautiful drive, made it to just outside of Capitol Reef's eastern entrance. There's an odd string of small towns between Loa and Torrey, breaks up the drive nicely. The interesting landscape begins just after Bicknell if you're heading east. Lots of stops around Fruita in the National Park that are interesting to stop at.

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

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!

hiking
10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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

walking
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

pleasant walk in the old area of Fruita.

scenic driving
Monday, April 17, 2017

Great drive, leads to several hikes.

walking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Pleasant walk through a surprisingly lush fruit growing community inside Capitol Reef National Park. It seemed a lot cooler in this area than in the park’s areas heated by red rock. Fascinating that the orchards have more than 3,000 trees including almond, apple, apricot, cherry, mulberry, peach, pear, plum, and walnut. The National Park Service maintains the orchards year round using historic cultural growing and irrigation practices.

scenic driving
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Beautiful drive.

Many great outdoor recreational opportunities all along this route. Great views just for the drive.

Friday, June 17, 2016

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

scenic driving
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Good road with gorgeous overlooks of Capitol reef and surrounding areas. Hard to beat.

hiking
Monday, March 21, 2016

Fun and simple hike. Be prepared to get a bit wet, as you cross the creek 12 times in a mile.

off road driving
Sunday, September 27, 2015

We would have to rate this drive as a WOW... because that is what we kept saying. Best to have a high clearance vehicle and you do have to drive across a small river but getting across it was pretty easy. Expect to spend at least 6 hours and checkout each spur and hikes. We purchase a map and guide at the Capitol Reef visitor center for $2. Bring lots of water and something to eat and room on your camera to take many pictures.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hiked the Sulphur Creek trail from the Chimney Rock trailhead. Very easy hike that descends down to the confluence with Sulphur Creek. Right below the confluence there is a ~10 foot drop off a rock that has to be navigated, still made it with my 7 yo daughter.

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.

scenic driving
Saturday, February 07, 2015

Beautiful section of highway. Well maintained, trail access, and areas through Capital Reef are absolutely breathtaking. Residents in this area are lucky to get to drive this section of highway frequently!

scenic driving
Saturday, February 07, 2015

The massive rock and clay formations are impressive. They make you feel so small in this world. I can't complain about the road or the views, which were both awesome, but there were very few areas to pull over and enjoy the sites. I'm one that prefers to get out for a minute and soak it in, and many of the pullouts were in areas that didn't have the best views.

scenic driving
Sunday, October 05, 2014

Beautiful

hiking
Sunday, October 05, 2014

I LOVE YOU !!!

scenic driving
Sunday, September 21, 2014

One of the best drives in Utah.

Friday, June 20, 2014

I love Southern UT

nature trips
Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I recommend driving the Burr Trail and seeing Strike Valley Overlook. Also take the drive to Capitol Gorge, and the hike to the tanks is pretty cool. Navajo Rocks is the hike to do along highway 24. This place is wild. Read up on the geology at the visitors center.

scenic driving
Sunday, November 10, 2013

One of my favorite scenic drives in Utah

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