Golden Throne Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Golden Throne Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November.

3.5 miles
777 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers


no shade

no dogs

Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Drive southward on Scenic Drive to road's end. Bear left and follow Capitol Gorge Road less than 2 miles to the trailhead.

4 months ago

Great. I always enjoy the ledge walking though it never feels dangerous. As one who finds enjoyment in summitting, the end was a bit anti climactic.

8 months ago

I wouldn't say this trail is hard, just a steady climb uphill. The views on the way up showcase the gulch really well. The top has a great view of the Golden Throne, but the gulch is just okay as you can see the entrance and i like the feeling of being enclosed by the gulch that you get on the way up. Beautiful views most of the time though.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Tough to review this one. Views not as good as Navajo knobs or Cassidy arch, but good nonetheless. So I'd rate it below those two for sure but still a great hike, worth the effort and the golden throne lives up to its name. Would definitely do this again.

Monday, May 08, 2017

2 miles of incline to reach end of trail/summit. Gorgeous views all along the way. Not for the faint of heart.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The trailhead is before the parking lot at the end of the dirt road to it and Capitol Gorge Trail. Steady climb up, no scurrying necessary. Great views of weathered sandstone fins (look like it anyway) on your left going up, along with the dirt road that used to be called the Blue Highway (or Roadway), which we now call Capitol Gorge. The trail traces the edge of the gorge like Cassidy Arch Trail and Navajo Knobs Trail do. Amazing views all around. As you approach the end, walk all the way to the "End of Trail" sign and then turn around. The view of the Golden Throne(s) is amazing and worth the hike. After taking pix, go beyond the "End of Trail" sign and look down at the gorge for several other amazing formations, including one we dubbed the 'curtain' or 'drapes' on the left off the overlook, which faces the northwest. This is my favorite NP.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Steep in places, but not a hard hike. And views, especially at the end, that are spectacular.

Monday, March 09, 2015

This is a beautiful trail with a fabulous view at the end.

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