Capitol Gorge Trail

MODERATE 70 reviews

Capitol Gorge Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

historic site

no dogs

This hike follows the gorge for the first mile, varying in width from 50' in places to about 10' at its narrowest. You follow the dry creek bed down the middle of the gorge, and take the trail on the far left side of the gorge. About 1/4 mile into the hike you will see a sign for petroglyphs. After another 1/4 of a mile is the Pioneer Register. This is a series of names and dates from the late 1800's thru the early 1900's. Continuing down the gorge, you will come to a spur trail on your left, for the tanks. These are well worth the scramble up the rocks and slickrock. The trail is a series of switchbacks, marked with rock cairns, sometimes hard to follow. The tanks are a series of large potholes, some with water, some dry. Be sure and find the small arch in the drainage on your descent from the tanks.

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2 months ago

This hike was alright, but definitely not a hike I would consider to even be moderate. The only difficult thing about this hike is the heat and the constant sun. Hiked this on June 6th and it was 92 degrees outside with no clouds in the sky. The history markers were probably the best part. I was personally really looking forward to the water tanks but they were all dried out which was really disappointing.

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9 months ago

Sweet time

9 months ago

So amazing

Thursday, July 06, 2017

This trail was not as scenic as others we did, plus we went mid- afternoon and there was very little shade, and in the high 90 degree range. Take lots of water with you!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Most of the trail is flat and sand with rocks. At the end of the trail you can walk up to rocks to overlook some of the canyon you walked through. The petroglyphs were cool to see along with the registry.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice canyon hike, good points of interest like petroglyphs, pioneer register, lamp poles, historical use which bumped it up a star. Water tanks a disappointment, not worth the effort to see basically puddles. Not as good as Grand Wash which we had done earlier in the day.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

I thought the drive into the trailhead was cooler than the actually hike. The hike is simple and flat, fun to be in the slot. Finding the pots proved to be difficult, mainly because we got led astray by someone who pretended to know what they were talking about. Follow the cairns and it shouldn't be difficult.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Nice trail, petroglyphs, pioneer signatures, narrows, but could not find the tanks. Do when at the park. Nice hike for kids.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

This is a very interesting and beautiful trail. The petroglyphs are a short walk from the parking lot and the pioneer registry is very cool although it would be easy to miss both. The climb to the tanks is steep and narrow. Bring plenty of water. The reflection of the sun on the floor and walls is like a microwave. We ended our hike at the tanks as this was 2.4 miles rt already.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Easy, well marked hike through a redrock gorge. The tanks at the top are a little underwhelming, but do make a good anchor for a photograph.

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Very nice hike through the gorge. The scenic drive down to the trailhead was awesome. The views are fantastic.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

It's a beautiful scenic drive out and there are restrooms & a covered picnic area at the trailhead. The trail is mostly flat ground (all except for the end if you are heading to the tanks). There are only about two visible petroglyph images, but with the pioneer names way up on the cliffs and the tanks this trail is pretty great. This gorge used to be an actual road to get through the park before highway 24 was built. We were told by a park ranger that there is still a vehicle parked on the road about 1.5 miles past the tanks (it got stuck in the mud and never made it out). We went in Oct and there were several tanks with water in them. One was clean enough I let my kids swim in (about 4-5 ft deep in deepest part). We saw small frogs & bats on the hike. We were also told by a friend that the poles hanging out over the trail were added to hang lanterns back in the day.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The drive down here is great in itself. The hike to the tanks is pretty cool. Look at the petroglyphs on the way through the wash.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

A easy hike in one of the gorges of Capitol Reef. The pioneers carved their names on the canyon walls.

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