Explore the most popular trail running 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
21 days ago

We hiked this after a long car ride to the park looking to stretch our legs but not a long hike , this trail was perfect for that beautiful canyon and arch is very cool

Nice moderate hike with beautiful landscapes of all types around every bend! Simply breathtaking

Pretty cool trail, quick and easy. The bridge is lovely. Worth it if you have an extra hour or two.

This was a fairly easy 2-mile trail that ends at an amazing natural bridge. I would rate it 5 stars if there weren’t so many children running around and shouting.

Fairly straightforward trail leading to the arch - which is AMAZING. Definitely worth doing. Fairly steady path throughout, with a few good overlooks into the valley too.

A good hike. The view is really good. Lots of people though make it difficult for pictures.

hiking
1 month ago

Wonderful short hike. The trail guide is well done, and worth the 50 cent donation to the park. Super informative. The bridge kind of hides itself against the cliffs until it suddenly doesn't. Worth doing for sure.

The overlook trailhead begins at the end of a 4x4 trail. We made it easily in a Jeep with off road tires. We saw another group make it in just a Hyundai Santa Fe. The hike from the end of the jeep trail is only about a half mile to the overlook. The view is outstanding! You can see the length of the waterpocket fold for miles in both directions. The rock formations along the way are also fantastic.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike, even in 90 degree noon sun. moderate traffic. best done in morning. easy to follow and lots of variety. be prepared for lots of stairs during this hike of 130m elevation. bring water! gave one of my water bottles to a gent who didn't have any stone he looked like he was about to crumble.

backpacking
2 months 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!

enjoyed the hike and views.

Beautiful

Beautiful natural bridge and some mild climbing but gorgeous and kid friendly

Jolie balade dans difficulté. Comptez une heure A/R. Quelques passages un peu glissants sur quelques slickrocks (il pleuvait un peu) mais rien de méchant. Peu de monde sur le parcours. Très beaux paysages.

hiking
3 months ago

Short but sweet hike and wow! Evolving views all the way to the end. The bridge is impressive as are the rest of the geological features. We arrived early enough to avoid the heat and were happy for it. Not many on the trail by 8am.

hiking
3 months ago

The bridge is amazing. The rocks along the trail are also featured.

3 months ago

Relatively easy and beautiful!

Stunning and not that hard. A great place to sit and rest and enjoy the views midway through - good picnic spot.

I reccomend doing the loop. Its a moderate hike, but if you are already fatigued can feel like an eternity getting up to the bride. Someone left a toy buddy on a rock, gave me quite a laugh.

hiking
3 months ago

Pleasant walk, but I didn't find it all that interesting. Would probably be great as a family stroll thru Fruita

4 months ago

It was a fun trail! Sunny so best to do when it’s cooler.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a trail with a striking visual payoff once you reach the Hickman Bridge. I hiked it on a weekday at 5:30 pm 93 degrees and sunny. The beginning of the trail has the main elevation gain via several series of "stairs", wiggles, and structured inclines made of slick rock and dirt. This is not easy if you have cardiac issues, knee problems, balance issues, or are not used to the altitude. Once you reach the "top" you will hike across a completely exposed desert area until you reach the next series of wiggles down to the canyon floor. The views are really great here and you can spend time gazing at Capitol Dome and Pectols Pyramid. The trail continues through the sandy wash with trees and some shade. On the approach to the bridge you will be hiking on slick rock and climbing over other smaller rocks. I took the clockwise loop - it was not well marked and I ended up on a ledge with a sign that told me this was not the trail. Making my way back I wandered a bit and took a slight right and suddenly the Hickman Bridge appeared. You can continue under the bridge and pick up the trail again. Most of the trail will be hiking in a general direction with the path you choose as it is often across rocks and markers (such as 15) may be down. I suggest plenty of water, go later in the day so the canyon cools off for the return trip, bring trekking poles, and expect to spend more time on the hike due to the heat and exploring areas like the little natural arches.

hiking
4 months ago

Fun and easy trail. We spend some time hanging out on the back side of the arch and watched the birds and the chipmunks. There isn't much shade on the trail so bring lots of water.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a nice out and back tail with some easy challenges. The prizes were the beautiful natural bridge at the end and the nice cool river to soak your feet in back at the trailhead. The moderate climb from the river was enough to get your heart pumping but it was relatively easygoing from there, minus a few scrambles around boulders at the pinnacle. We sat our pack chairs in the Fremont River near the trailhead and had a picnic, complete with a great local heffenweizen, when we returned. It was one of my favorite hikes in the area!

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months 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.

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

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

hiking
6 months 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.

hiking
7 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.

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