Capitol Gorge Trail

MODERATE 82 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

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

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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12 days ago

One of the coolest hikes I’ve ever done to date. Prefer this over Angel’s Landing.

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25 days ago

Good wash trail but not as good as grand wash

hiking
1 month 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.

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2 months ago

4wd only trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Granted we did this at the hottest time of the day 1400, but it was just okay... no where near as good as Grand Wash from Hwy 24. The canyon was not nearly as interesting. The drive back to the trailhead had more sights then the hike. Once we got back to where we needed to ascend to the Tanks, we decided to Firefox the exertion in the heat and just return.

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rocky
scramble
3 months ago

This is a great trail for families! Amazing location and relatively flat. Loved the pioneer register and the scramble up to the tanks. Very cool drive to the trailhead also!

6 months ago

Trail is fun. Good opportunity to see rock formations and watermarks. Enjoyed Grand Wash more in this regard, however lots to see and easy to walk.

hiking
7 months ago

Initially I hadn't planned to do this trail because the reviews here were lackluster. However, after going down the gorge road in the car, we thought since we were here, we'd do it. I am glad we did. This is really the first long trail we've done in the park, and there are no regrets. It's easy and very scenic. Loved seeing all the varied colored and textures on the rocks and rippled sand. It was amazing. Just remember to take a lot of water and suntan lotion! The gps map here in Alltrails seemed to go about 2.25 miles into the gorge, but where we turned around (there was a cool alcove there in my pictures), the gorge trail did not end there. Maybe the park boundary ends at the end of the trail here on Alltrails? We did not know how much further the trail went, so we turned around.

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rocky
washed out
7 months ago

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Thu Jun 07 2018

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.

hiking
Sun Oct 22 2017

Sweet time

Fri Oct 20 2017

So amazing

Thu Jul 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!

Sun Jun 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.

Tue 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.

hiking
Mon Apr 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.

hiking
Tue Apr 18 2017

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

Wed Jun 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.

hiking
Fri 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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Sun Apr 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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Mon Oct 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.

hiking
Wed Mar 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.

hiking
Thu Mar 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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1 month ago

recorded Capitol Gorge Trail

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