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Capitol Gorge to Tanks Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 577 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

River

Views

Wildlife

No shade

Historic site

No dogs

Description
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The parking area is shared with the trailhead for the Golden Throne Viewpoint hike. The trail for Capitol Gorge is at the very end of the Capitol Gorge Road at the covered picnic area. The trail begins by taking you through a narrow canyon that is well shaded, though be sure to bring water as temperatures can still get very hot in this area. Petroglyphs from the Fremont tribe, while somewhat faded, can be seen along the way. At around 0.6 miles, the Pioneer Resister can be found - this list of names and dates has been etched onto the rock walls, and marks the many pioneers who used this former thoroughfare. The side trip to the tanks is found about 0.9 miles in. From here the trail becomes steep and rocky, but takes you to the 'tanks,' or a series of naturally formed recesses filled with water. Some have reported that the tanks have been dry in recent years, depending on the season.

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Reviews (200)
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Recordings (170)
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Erik Sewell
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Hiking

Water tanks were tricky to find at the end. Once you climb up you have to double back a bit

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Michael Sheehan
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Jackson Stephens
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Hiking

We went as far as the Pioneer Register but not to the water tanks. However, it was a good experience. The drive to the trailhead is a bit scary but really cool. The trail itself is neat with amazing views through a somewhat narrow canyon with high walls. We loved the Pioneer Register, though. It was really cool. Note that there was little shade on a summer afternoon.

Brett Acuff
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Hiking

The drive down to Capitol Gorge was worth the 20ish minutes. It is quite spectacular. The parking lot is pretty small, so plan accordingly because it does not fit too many vehicles. The hike down through the gorge up to where the sign for tanks is, was also pretty great. However, we went in July and found out the two tanks we saw at the top, were not all that great and not worth the hike up from the floor of the gorge. We went during the hottest part of the day, and it was certainly hot and mostly exposed. There is a fair bit of sand during the hike too, so be prepared. Keep an eye out for the pioneer writing on the left wall.

Melanie Little
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Hiking

The petroglyphs are to your left as you hike in. Less than 1/2 mile. In order NOT to miss, stay along the rock wall vs moving to the dry river bed where there is a cairn.

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Don Schuy
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I went at sunrise and had the trail going out all to myself. It was great. The trail up to the potholes out of the gorge is not marked, so basically you come to a “T”. If you go right, you’ll find a couple of unspectacular potholes- one a few inches deep with insect-laden black water, and another a few feet deep and dry. I was disappointed. On the way back to the “T” I encountered a group so continued on a bit and stumbled upon the real potholes, which are to the left of the “T.” There were a series of 4 to 5 potholes around 10 feet deep. One had about 1-2’ of much clearer water. The others there might have too but the bottoms were out of sight. I wish I could have climbed down to take a closer look. If you don’t go left, you’ll leave disappointed.

Garrett Fontaine
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easier trail for everyone. the tanks are cool and make for some nice pictures.

Ashley Young
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The drive to the trailhead and the easy hike through the gorge was worth the trip. It was really neat to see the pioneer names in the rock walls. as others jave said, the tanks are pretty anticlimactic.

Paul Murray
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Hiking

Nice walk

Brent Hogue
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Trail leads to large water tanks, where there may or may not be water depending on the season. Hiking through the rocks is fun

Caitlin KP
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Hiking

Really beautiful canyon and a fairly easy hike until you get to the tanks portion. Once you follow the initial hike up to the tanks, stay to the left and you'll see cairns as well as rocks outlining the path. It is only a 0.2 mile portion so you'll realize pretty quickly if you're off the path. The tanks over look the wash portion of the hike for easy reference and general direction. The pioneer names are on the walls in the wash to the left as you're walking in. If you don't look up you may miss them. We didn't see any Native American petroglyphs - only pioneer names. Always interesting to me that the Natives drew pictures of animals and their natural world surroundings and the pioneers only wrote names and dates. Interesting to think about and always reminds me to step outside of myself and enjoy my surroundings. Anyway - gorgeous hike - I recommend doing it near sunset to get some gorgeous views of the golden hour on the rocks and a less-crowded canyon. Enjoy!

David M.
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Cute easy walk. But very buggy.

Christine Williams
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Hiking

Capitol gorge is good and the petroglyphs and register are cool. I DO NOT recommend going up to the tanks if going solo. I am an experienced solo hiker, but I was very upset to find that the trail is not well marked. There are some cairns, but not enough, and the ones that are there are confusing. Furthermore, you can tell by footprints (which appear and reappear based on traversing dirt or bare rock) that people have gone all directions while up there. This makes it very difficult to find your way. The only reason I made it back down more or less the same way I came was that I was GPS tracking, though I was using the petroglyph trail map download, not this one. Just be careful and make sure you’re recording your path using this map.

Mindi C
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Hiking

Very cool hike and the tanks had lots of tadpole shrimp. It was a bit hard to follow the trail at the turnoff but still doable. You hike through the wash and it's very pretty.

Coy Stocks
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Hiking

Incorrect recording! My gps had a tough time keeping my location because of the cliffs.

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Alexis Kubic
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Hiking

The gorge was beautiful and very easy, unless you have trouble walking on sand. This was our favorite hike in the park- just due to the gorge. The extra part to the tanks was anticlimactic. Probably wouldn’t do that part again!

Lauren Sanders
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Hiking

Was pretty easy but not really worth it. The tanks were cool but empty. Trail gets a little tricky to find once you start going up

Desiree Ropel
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Hiking

The scenic drive up to the trail was the best part. The trail itself was good, pretty sandy though. We took the detour up to the tanks, that’s pretty much a vertical climb, not impossible just have to take your time, up to the “tank” which was pretty empty but didn’t really expect it to be full in mid September.

Cowboy S
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Hiking

4wd only trail.

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Greg Joseph
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The hike thru the gorge was not spectacular. The hike to the Tanks was definitely not worth it...

Greg Joseph
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Hiking

Wash was flat and uneventful. The hike up to the Tanks is not worth it - the payoff was not worth the effort.

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Debby S.
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Hiking

Just the drive to the trailhead is an adventure with soaring canyon walls and an unpaved road. The hike takes you farther up the winding canyon past the names of settlers carved in the walls. A steep side trail takes you to the “tanks” - natural depressions filled with water. We watched a family of desert big horn sheep munching on leaves on our way out.

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SetToRoam .com
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Reiko Jorgenaki
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Hiking

Very cool, easy walk until you get to tanks portion, then you need to look for cairns!!

Lauren Aponte
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Hiking

The hike in the gorge was pretty enough, but the fun part of the trail was hiking up to see the tanks. It was neat seeing tadpoles in them! Warning: it can get tricky hiking up near the tanks as the trail is not well marked. Look for cairns to lead the way. For this reason, I would label this trail as moderate and not easy. It was easy to us, but to less experienced hikers it could prove a challenge. It was also neat seeing the petroglyphs and old pioneer registry.

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Chelsy Schmidt
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