Goosenecks & Sunset Point

EASY 16 reviews

Goosenecks & Sunset Point is a 2.6 mile heavily 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 and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
2.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
843 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

views

Goosenecks, vistas of the Capitol Reef, excellent sunsets Arrive in the last two hours before sunset on any evening and you will see photographers setting out their soul-catchers for a popular view in the park. Like mites or spiders, their tripods dot the landscape. Just look around them and enjoy the scenery. You've come for one thing: to watch the sunset. Though the trails are short, they do present hazards: a lack of shade during the day time, dangerous dropoffs at the points, and no water at the parking lot. Stick to the trails when you are crossing dirt so that you do not damage the cryptobiotic crust (which is literally living soil filled with bacteria that have taken thousands of years to build their inches tall towers -- one footstep in the wrong place and you've crunched Manhattan). You may walk on solid rock here, but watch for the ledges! It's a four hundred foot near vertical fall to Sulphur Creek! Time your visit right so that you see the whole show. The view under the full moon is stunning.

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21 days ago

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29 days ago

A nice, easy trail to 2 scenic viewpoints. The views are incredible, and great for kids since it's so easy to access. Do this hike in the morning or evening because there is no shade and no water stations.

1 month ago

Watched the sunset here and the colors were absolutely amazing.

1 month ago

Did these at sunset. Beautiful views and, again, great variations in the rocks. Busy, but not too crowded (of course it is the hot season).

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1 month ago

2 months ago

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2 months ago

Super short, yet have awesome 360 views!

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3 months ago

Short, easy trail to a fantastic spot for sunsets. Get ther 45-35 minutes prior to sunset to ensure you have enough light lighting up the features you want, otherwise risk having most of the features in shadow. I did this twice and missed the light the first night.

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3 months ago

Great at sunset- not crowded at that time of day

10 months ago

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

This is more of a walk to an overlook than a hike, but it's definitely worth seeing. It's the kind of thing you pull off the road to do on the way to hiking. The gorge is impressive. Sturdy railings are in place, but I would worry about kids. It's usually crowded.

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Very short hike with wonderful views overlooking the park. The overlook of Sulphur Canyon is worth the visit.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This was a nice easy hike. It provided a few really amazing photo opportunites and we had a lot of fun wandering around at all the different views and getting close to the edge to look down into the canyon. It was beautiful. We were disapointed we couldn't hike the canyon do to a flash flood warning but this trail was a close second.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Deep canyons, running water. This road is west (toward Torrey) from the visitor center, and down a side road. Lots of color in the rocks.