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.

Length2.4 miElevation gain577 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRiverViewsWildlifeNo shadeHistoric siteFeeNo dogs
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Capitol Reef National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $20 per vehicle or $15 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $10 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $35. 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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Shannon Griffin
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Chris Woodling
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Great little easy trail with some cool history !

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Gaetano Venezia III
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Wash is cool, tanks were underwhelming, may need to go after rain or certain time of year

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Kelly Butera
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You will have to drive a bumpy dirt road to get to the TH but it is doable with all vehicle sizes. Once there you will walk through the gorge and see petroglyph on the side. We had sun and shade we were there around 11am. You will turn left and head up to the tanks. 220 ft is what my Garmin showed. There was a little bit of water in 1 tank but the rest were dry. Took us an hour to see the tanks and return. we didn't side track or anything.

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Chris Raczynski
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Breck Tuttle
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Even though the tanks were listed on the map I was never sure what I was looking for. I was expecting multiple potholes what would hold water. I guess I didn't look gook enough

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Duane Mortensen
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Kelsey Burke
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Mellow hike through canyon walls

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Glory Schettler
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Very easy hike through the gorge! Read up on the history a little before hiking, very interesting! There’s a gravel road that leads to the trailhead, and it’s definitely doable without a high clearance vehicle. Some potholes here and there, so we just went slow.

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Brock Hill
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Beautiful and interesting hike with fun trail features.

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Julie Osborn
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Easy walk along the Capitol Gorge. The climb to the Tanks os a little strenuous, but not too bad. Trail takes you to two Tanks, one had a little bit of water. If you follow the trail downstream from there, you will find about 5-6 other tanks and a small arch. All other tanks were empty also. Nice views down the canyon.

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Joshua Turmel
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Travis Boettcher
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Larry Suttlehan
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Nice hike. It is a must while in Capital Reef. Lots of animal prints in the snow (cat, rabbit, deer and birds) along with their scat. Be sure to read about the Fremont people and pioneers BEFORE you hike. It will make some of the graffiti much more interesting and will explain the iron pipes in the gorge walls above. The incline up to the tanks is fun for all abilities but the canyoneering beyond is a great taste of that form of hiking without too much danger. Bring gloves in winter, it’s a lot colder in the canyon.

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Sara T
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No water in the tanks so there’s not much to see beyond what you have already driven through. Still a nice walk.

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Julianito Jourdan
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Amazing to think that this was a road before, the trail follows the canyon beyond what we hiked. To reach the tanks you need to hike up a little bit- we stopped after the first one since the ice made it hard to climb to the other side. Would do it again and go till the end

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Karthik Karanam
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Mahdi Manji
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Kevin Herrera
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No water at the moment. Just not a very memorable hike , wouldn’t do again. I drove through the dirt trail to get to the parking lot in my Honda Civic so it’s easy and safe to get there.

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Jeremiah Tattersall
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Jennifer Ozmetin
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Typical wash. Easy to follow. Lots of little side trails along the way.

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Carol J
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Loved this trail - hugely underrrated. Great walking through the canyon and the scramble at the end to the Tanks is magnificent. Unfortunately there were no water in the pool given the season but still very recommend.

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Rory Callahan
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Easy canyon strolling. Tanks were dried up since it’s winter but still neat to look at.

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Ashley Plamann
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Sarah Litchke
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East trail, a little tricky going up to the tanks. It’s really neat walking through the canyon and seeing the petroglyphs and pioneer names. The tanks were dry today, so that wasn’t as interesting as we had hoped.

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Scott Lawless
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Ashlee Pidcock
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Great for a family and easy for young kids (the tanks did have a steep incline). the Gorge was so fun to walk through and was so picturesque.

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