Capitol Gorge to Tanks Trail

EASY 19 reviews
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Capitol Gorge to Tanks Trail is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
2.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
577 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no shade

historic site

no dogs

hiking
4 days ago

Really enjoyed this hike due to the scenery and history behind it. Pretty easy but fairly confusing to find the tanks, still makes for a nice adventure.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice, easy hike. Would be good for kids. Consider the water tanks as optional. This is because they aren't easy to find and the trail is kind of hard to follow. The rest of the canyon before it was great and the pioneer inscriptions were cool to see.

hiking
1 month ago

A great little hike through time. Though I didn't go up to the tanks, this hike takes you through an imposing gorge with towering rock walls that was the main route through the Waterpocket fold before Rte. 24 was completed. On its walls you can see petroglyphs left by ancient peoples and names carved by early pioneers and travelers. The stories those walls hold !

1 month ago

Easy hike until you get to tanks which were hard to find.

1 month ago

Near trail, start earlier in the day so it's not so hot. Bring water, I can't express this enough. I saw several people on the trail with no water. We even gave some away because we were concerned.

Fairly flat trail with high canyon walls. As you get towards the end your climb on top of the canyon via a trail. The trail is nearly non existent going up and on the top of the canyon. Carefully traverse the trail, many opportunities to fall or twist an ankle.

Once you get to the tanks, they are okay, little dirty. Be careful near them, falling in would probably not kill you, but due to the martial the walls are made of you may have a very difficult time getting out.

Intresting fact, if you look at the canyon walls as you go towards the tanks you will see some metal rods pretruding from the wall. Wasn't sure what these were. After talking to a ranger, I found out that the canyon was once used for a roadway and a telephone line was installed along these metal rods. But due to the frequent washouts the maintenance became to expensive. Not to mention the modern-day roads played a factor in abandoning this former practice.

3 months ago

Finding the tanks brings a little bit of adventure to an otherwise very easy flat hike. There is also a small arch behind the largest tank of water. Fun to play around up there; walking through the gorge is really pretty as well. A good hike to end the day on, especially if you choose to do something a little more difficult first.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice canyon, hieroglyphs, pioneer inscriptions on north canyon wall half way. Hard to find the tanks once you climb the ridge.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015