Looking for a great trail in Capitol Reef National Park, Utah? AllTrails has 42 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 24 moderate trails in Capitol Reef National Park ranging from 1.7 to 64.6 miles and from 4,803 to 6,994 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Capitol Reef National Park is located in south-central Utah. It is 100 miles (160 km) long but fairly narrow. The park, established in 1971, preserves 378 mi² (979 km²) and is open all year, although May through September are the most popular months. Called "Wayne Wonderland" in the 1920s by local boosters Ephraim P. Pectol and Joseph S. Hickman, Capitol Reef National Park protects colorful canyons, ridges, buttes, and monoliths. About 75 miles (120 km) of the long up-thrust called the Waterpocket Fold, extending like a rugged spine from Thousand Lake Mountain southward to Lake Powell, is preserved within the park boundary. Capitol Reef is the name of an especially rugged and spectacular part of the Waterpocket Fold near the Fremont River. The area was named for a line of white domes and cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, each of which looks somewhat like the United States Capitol building, that run from the Fremont River to Pleasant Creek on the Waterpocket Fold. The local word reef referred to any rocky barrier to travel.

hiking
6 hours ago

If this hike was long or strenuous, then it would rate a little lower, as much of the trail is a little mundane. However, it is a super short and easy trek, and the bridge is really quite impressive for the amount of work (or lack thereof) that you have to put in. This is a must-do hike in Capitol Reef, and extremely accessible compared to the other must-do hikes of different national parks. Even in mid/late October it was quite hot, so get an early start!

hiking
6 hours ago

We had limited time in Capitol Reef, so we decided on this one due to its proximity to Hickman Bridge (if you do it backwards from All Trail’s starting point, the two trailheads are a short walk away from each other). After a brief climb, there was a very misleading sign that accidentally sent us off route. It shows directions for a campground, so we went in the opposite direction. It turns out, that is the trail we wanted. There is no signage for Cohab Canyon - just a campground, and another one for the Frying Pan Trail. Just a heads up if you are coming from the direction we were. We encountered more and more traffic as we got closer to the traditional starting point, but over all it was only moderately busy.

hiking
13 hours ago

Nice climb to a arch that you view from above, climb a little more for a valley wide view

hiking
17 hours ago

Awesome trail. Short and sweet and to an awesome destination. Me and my friend did this in 45 mins, but we definitely hauled butt. Sweet views along the way to a gorgeous arch you can actually go stand on! Super rad. Easy to follow, when you’re hiking on slick rock there are plenty of rock stacks to guide your way.

hiking
19 hours ago

Fun trail. Look for the image of the Virgin Mary on the rock wall about half way down on your right.

hiking
washed out
2 days ago

Did this trail yesterday from chimney rock parking. Weather was clear but a cool breeze most of the time. We had our 3, 6 and 12 year old. Done this hike many times and know how to get through the obstacles. This time however, We had to swim through 7 feed deep water for about 15-20 ft of the trail. This was just past the first waterfall. Plan accordingly. It was very fun but we weren’t prepared for it!

hiking
2 days ago

Nice trek, it gets busy on weekends. great views from the top

October is a perfect time if year to take this hike. My husband and I took our 3 kids and left about 1215, weather was clear, cool and nice. Hike is long but worth the trip. Pay close attention to cairns they are regular but some had been knocked over. There are 500 foot drops in a few places, young children would make me nervous.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Great trail, people form all age group can make this hike. There is very little shade. Parking can be an issue. Bring high clearance vehicle if you need to park on the side of the road. Only one bathroom available, next closest is likely near the visitors center.

Great hike! One of my favorites in Capitol Reef. Steep climb at the beginning and then levels out. Great views

Super hike! Loved the views especially from the middle of the arch. Well worth the effort.

Great hike, plan for sunset, about an hour and 45min with plenty of photo stops. Views are great

Spectacular! And very easy

Hard but rewarding.

hiking
7 days ago

Beautiful hike with incredible views throughout but especially at the end. Felt much longer than 4.4 miles to reach the top, but it’s a steady uphill, never too steep other than a brief scramble at the top. We started at about 7:45 and were the first people on the trail.

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no shade
off trail
rocky
7 days ago

on Cassidy Arch Trail

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
8 days ago

beautiful hike! trail is very well maintained, just watch for the cairns and trail.

hiking
11 days ago

Incredible hike! Start early if you can to avoid crowds. Past Rim Overlook, I only saw a couple other hikers. It's really not that strenuous of a hike, but it definitely feels longer than 8.7 miles (my phone said I did around 10, but not too sure how accurate that is). At the very, very end you have to scramble to the top. The views are amazing!! And really pay attention to the cairns. A lot of areas look like part of the trail, but they're not. I got a little mixed up at one point and had to back track. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
no shade
15 days ago

The 360 views at the top are incredible. That being said, this hike took a lot longer than I expected, and is worth an earlier start. It is consider the most difficult trail in capitol reef.

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scramble
15 days ago

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rocky
scramble
16 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Very colorful rock and lots more to explore past the tanks if you keep going down the wash. You eventually hit a barbed wire fence and it's the actual end of the trail. This trail is pretty leisurely.

Great hike. The first mile is a strenuous climb but views are well the climb. The loop provides a real variety of scenery.

hiking
19 days ago

pretty and very flat, started near sunset so didn't make it all the way

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