Explore the most popular wild flowers 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.

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

hiking
9 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.

hiking
14 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.

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.

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

21 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.

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

hiking
25 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!

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

hiking
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.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Quiet trail that ends up in a breathtaking box canyon.

hiking
1 month ago

Decent hike. Good destination. Easy hike compared to Cassidy Arch.

Great trail! Took my two boys(6 and 4) with us. 6 year old didn't have any issues but the 4 year old struggled in the begining. Midway there is some interesting things to check out. the natural bridge is breathtaking and you should sit and enjoy it before heading back.

This is a perfect trail for kids, it’s busy, very easy, and the bridge is amazing.

Confusing trail, but pretty neat. You feel like you are on a different planet. The hike is up hill 60% of the time, but not too bad. Keep an eye open for all the sites along the trail (arches) there are also many different features that might trick you in to thinking you found the Hickman Bridge. This feature is enormous, you will know when you get to it.

Worth it! Took 10 & 14 years boys they loved it! Fairly easy trail, steep in spots! views amazing! Sunrise sunset would be awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

Such a good trail. First half has a few switchbacks with some elevations gain but the bridge is amazing. We went around 8:30 AM on a Thursday and we only saw about four people. Would highly recommend.

Great. I always enjoy the ledge walking though it never feels dangerous. As one who finds enjoyment in summitting, the end was a bit anti climactic.

Awesome challenging hike. I got on the trail around 11, did Hickman’s Bridge Koop and then took the turn in the Fork 4.2 miles to Navajo Knobs. Got back to the car just after 4. It was a beautiful sunny and chilly February day. No snow. Very exposed. Wouldn’t recommend in the summer.

The most popular trail in a not very busy park. Once you get to the part of the trail that loops, make sure to go right in a counter clockwise direction to get the most stunning approach

Great conditions today. The hike is challenging but the trail is well marked and the terrain diverse. Arriving at the arch is very rewarding.

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.

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike to see a natural bridge in a beautiful National Park! It didn't take too long, but the first part to Hickman Bridge was all gain. After that part, the rest is fairly easy. Worth the heat if you go mid-day in late June!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike, had a great vantage point to watch the sunset from. We also had good views of some of the rock formations that inspired them to name the park after capitol buildings.

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.

5 months ago

Worth the walk!

hiking
5 months ago

There are some great views from parts of the trail where you can say badlands formations, mesas, and canyons. However, the real gem is the Spring Canyon Trail that issues east from the chimney rock loop. Even if you just hike a mile into it, you'll be rewarded greatly. I plan to return to hike the whole thing.

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