Cassidy Arch Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

views

wildlife

no shade

no dogs

Cassidy Arch Canyon is a technical canyoneering route involving 7 rappels up to 140 ft tall through 3 arches. This awesome canyoneering route starts at the popular Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park. The canyon starts off with a bang as you drop 140 feet through Cassidy Arch followed by another 140-foot rappel. Five more rappels take you through 2 more arches/natural bridges and through sections of scenic canyon rarely visited by others. The canyon takes about half a day and is great fun for canyoneers.

1 hour ago

Very neat hike, beautiful views the whole time!

20 days ago

Amazing hike with breathtaking views and incredible drop offs. The arch itself is incredible and captivating. Loved watching people repel down the arch. Hope to do so myself someday

21 days ago

Great hike. Worth doing!

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21 days ago

Our favorite hike during our day at Capitol Reef! The trailhead parking lot was full but most people seemed to be on the Grand Wash trail. Definitely take water, it was full sun most of way. Amazing views! We earned our pie from the Gifford House on this one!

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23 days ago

Loved this hike. We went earlier in the morning and there weren’t too many people on the trail. This was one of my favorite hikes at Capitol Reef.

24 days ago

One of my favorite hikes I’ve done so far. It gets a bit confusing (trail marker wise) towards the viewpoint but cairns were helpful. Can be slick in any conditions due to steepness, rocks or moisture so grippy shoes are a good idea. Take water if you decide to the Grand Wash combo trail as we did.

26 days ago

Decently interesting hike and then the arch at the end is incredible.

1 month ago

wonderful hike

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1 month ago

When we did this hike we only saw about 10 people on the trail. It was a good, moderate hike and so beautiful!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Wonderful views all around. Lots of people.

1 month ago

Gorgeous hike. The last 0.5 mile is hard to track, trail wise. Keep your eye out for cairns and you should find the way.

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1 month ago

One of our favorite hikes during our recent trip to 7 Utah parks. Started from Great Wash at highway 24 so it was a full morning up and back. If starting from parking lot at arch trailhead it might be a 2 hour trip out and back, max. The Cassidy Arch portion is not too difficult, only the first portion is mildly strenuous. Reminder is a winding trail with some slip rock scrambling. Some fantastic canyon views and the arch itself is amazing. Trail had only a few small groups on it at mid morning. Much of trail is full sun exposure. Great trail and suitable for families as well. Lots of space at arch so a great place to hang out and have lunch or a snack.

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1 month ago

Beautiful arch and great views. Well worth the hike. Very few people in the full parking lot went up Cassidy, most wandered down the wash. A little strenuous for some during the first mile climb but we had no issue and it was over 90 and sunny so very doable. Take the hike you’ll be happy you did

2 months ago

Loved it and the history! Highly recommend it

2 months ago

awesome hike with fantastic views.

2 months ago

One of my favorite spot in Capitol Reef. Trail is a long staircase up to Cassidy Arch then quickly down. Heavy traffic is avoided early or late. Came down the trail in Moonlight and headlamps, which was epic. Saw kids from 8-yrs and older that still had energy after the hike. The kids were only hungry.

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2 months ago

This was a very fun and semi-challenging trail! There are a few steep inclines, but many awesome viewpoints. The arch is huge! Poor marking on the trail towards the end, but you can see top of the arch from this section so we tried to follow a path as best as we could (without disturbing any plants of course). Definitely a fun hike in capitol reef!

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3 months ago

Great hike! Recommend going early, I started up at 6:30am and had the trail to myself. It’s definitely “moderate” with a steep incline the first half mile. Not the best marked trail so keep an eye out for markers. The view of the arch at sunrise is amazing.

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3 months ago

Hiked July 10th. We went early to get ahead of the heat (lesson learned in Zion). This was our "recovery hike" as it wasn't too strenuous nor too long. We only hiked to the top of the arch and skipped any rappels. Like many reviews, I think the "easy" rating might be a bit misleading. Great views from the top and worth the couple hours invested.

3 months ago

Must do!!

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4 months ago

If you don't do the rappels this is an easy, well marked trail that is great for all the family. And a view of the arch from above is unique. My nephews did the rappel route and they loved it.

4 months ago

cool hidden arch. Idk if this trail was easy though...

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4 months ago

Love this hike. Definitely budget time to do this!

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5 months ago

awesome, fairly quick hike with beautiful, fun terrain along the way and an awesome payout at the end. More moderate/strenuous than easy. Hardly anyone on the trail. Have to do a bit of easter egg hunting for the trail markers, but that’s always fun :) Highly recommend.

5 months ago

Awesome trail.

6 months ago

This trail should be rated as moderate not easy..The trail is not easily marked, so make sure to watch out for the piled rocks marking the pathway. Definitely worth seeing as the arch is breathtaking!

6 months ago

It was a fun primitive style trail with plenty of stacked rocks as markers. We got some great pictures and got to watch some people repel down by the arch.

7 months ago

great hike and amazing views

7 months ago

With 600+ feet of rocky elevation in less than 1 mile, I don’t think this hike would be ranked as “easy.” The park itself classified the hike as “strenuous,” but it is probably more of a heavy moderate. We did it with 2 13 year olds who motores up with no problem. Saw many younger kids as well. Also - in the scheme of heavily travelled trails that I have seen this spring break week in 3 national parks - this wasn’t as busy as most. The views were nice and this hike allows you to see an arch from on top of it. Pretty cool

7 months ago

This trail should be listed as moderate difficulty, but has amazing views and a grand finish at the arch. There are beautiful junipers and rock formations so take your time and look around. This app says there is no shade which is not true in the late afternoon. Wear boots with ankle support and carry plenty of water, enjoy lunch or a snack at the arch before heading down.

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