Goosenecks & Sunset Point

EASY 31 reviews

Goosenecks & Sunset Point is a 2.5 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 walking and is best used from March until November.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
544 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

walking

views

no dogs

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.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a great place to watch the colors change over the canyon and see the colors come to life at sunset. Make sure you walk around Panorama Point first and then drive up to Sunset Point. The hike out is leisurely, but it does get crowded. The best time is to be there an hour before sunset and make sure you stay until it actually gets dark. If there are clouds, the sky will illuminate once the sun has moved out of sight. Bring a trail chair, water, and a snack for a great end to the day.

1 month ago

Very cool to do with small kids

walking
6 months ago

Cool views of the park! We did not go here at sunset, but still enjoyed looking from this viewpoint.

walking
9 months ago

Gooseneck was okay, but sunset point was beautiful. Gives you a better view than panorama point. It was very windy when I was there, but watched the sunset and gave the formations some nice colors. Relatively flat trail that kinda disappears at the end as people wonder around for a good view/photo.

hiking
11 months 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.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Watched the sunset here and the colors were absolutely amazing.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

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).

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Super short, yet have awesome 360 views!

hiking
Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Great at sunset- not crowded at that time of day

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, April 26, 2015

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

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