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Navajo Knobs Trail is a 9.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Torrey, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 2,139 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

No shade

No dogs

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Getting There

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Drive eastward on Highway 24 approximately 1.5 miles to the Hickman Bridge Trailhead. Follow the Hickman Bridge Trail .25 miles to a fork. Bear right at this trail fork and follow the Rim Overlook Trail 2 miles to the beginning of the Navajo Knobs Trail.

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Reviews (191)
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Recordings (126)
Completed (356)
Emma Burns
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Hiking

8/6/20. Started at dawn and would not have wanted to start any later, this would also be beautiful if you started before dawn and were up at the knobs for sunrise if you’re into that kind of thing. Was shaded on the way up, not as much on the way down. I drank almost four liters of water as well as eating some extra snacks on the way. It’s a long climb and you’re basically on slickrock the entire time— I was in Chacos and my feet were achy by the time I got back down. It is very uppy-downy so the way down is a bit difficult as well. Views from the top completely make up for what to me was a bit of a boring trail— the views are incredible but also the same the whole way and the trail itself isn’t overly interesting past the overlook. But the knobs are a 360 view from the highest point around and you must be able to see the entire park. Silent, and I didn’t see a single other person past the Rim Overlook on the way up or down. The trail can be easy to miss so keep an eye out for cairns and be patient.

Sarah McBride
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Completed this hike in june. Very challenging, very hot. There is quite a bit of incline and decline on your way to the knobs which means your hike out will be just as strenuous so make sure to bring more than 2 liters of water per person and snacks. My group made the mistake of not bringing enough water and definitely struggled towards the end. Breathtaking views the whole time, would recommend if you are looking for a killer hike!!!

Mike Ryan
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HikingRockyScramble

If you’re going to hike this in the summer I would start out at daybreak and plan to be back by noon we started out around 745 after doing the Hickman Bridge loop and didn’t get back till after two and it was pretty damn hot. Bring at least 1 gallon of water per person. It’s very strenuous and mostly uphill obviously. Scenic beauty is incredible when you get up to the rim overlook and then continue on to Navajo knobs. The knobs Themselves aren’t that scenic but the entire way up gives you some beautiful views.

Victoria Nguyen
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Nice trail, wish I started a little earlier (ended up starting at 9am). Finished the hike in about 5 hrs because by the time I reached the end there was absolutely no shade and I began to run out of water. Trail alternates between incline and decline. Honestly you can see the entire trail from the road so if you skip this you don’t miss much.

Pat Lang
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Started at 8am and had some partial shade on the way up. The 2.2 mi from the Rim Overlook to the Knobs are quite longer than they seem. View from the top is well worth the trip.

McKann Thomas
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HikingNo shade

This is an awesome hike, definitely challenging. Completed on 7/27, started at 8:00 am and only saw two people on the way up, several more on the way down. Definitely pay attention to the cairns because there isn’t just a dirt trail the whole way, a lot of times it’s a wide slab of slick rock. Please bring plenty of water and some extra calories because it’s hot and not very shaded! Incredible views though.

Allison Billmeyer
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Hiking

Finished on 06/20! Started a little bit before 6 am & finished around 10 am. Definitely worth starting really early because I didn’t see a single person until the last hour! Incredibly beautiful & one of my favourite hikes I’ve done in Southern Utah.

Camilla O
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful views and not too much traffic once you pass the Hickman bridge turn off. Not much shade so watch the temp and sun, I went on a cool day and it was perfect. Had lunch on top of the knob and the views were mind blowing.

Kenzie Beal
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Completed 6/20/2020. Start early in the morning to avoid the heat if possible on the way back. It was a really exciting hike and was not expecting the last minute scramble at the top. Our apple watches recorded it more at 10 miles, overall it was a long and exhausting hike but the views were worth it and you are able to get away from people!

Leah Prince
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Hiking

This was a hard and beautiful hike. It was so hot and there is barely any shade. I brought 4 water bottles and I ran out. Be careful on windy days, almost got blown off the top!

Scott Resnick
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Hiking

Go early for sure. It’s worth it for the nice sky and the shade in the morning. I started at 6:30am and was the only person for about 2 hours.

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Craig McCloskey
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Hiking

Great trail! The trail ferry’s did a pretty good job marking the trails with stacked stones but it’s still easy to get off course. The AllTrails app is a life saver when that happens. I will not hike without it again!

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Eric Rosenthal
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Hiking

One of the top five trails I have ever done in terms of scenery. The trail is very well marked, easy to follow, and well-maintained. It's long, but totally worth it. If you start early (dawn), you will get to be in the shade much of the time.

David Platt
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Hiking

Views go from good to dramatic to EPIC as the trail progresses. Absolutely a must-do trail in Capitol Reef. There's plenty of variety in the scenery, which is important if you're out on the trail for several hours. The scramble to the top of the knobs was straightforward but I actually liked some of the views from the trail better. Today was particularly windy, which when facing the wrong direction caused sand and small rocks to fly into your face, eyes, and nose/mouth. Only happened a few times but I'd recommend bringing a bandana or buff for protection just in case

Erik Dworzan
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Hiking

Amazing hike that is pretty challenging. This trail is all hiking up slick rock with a lot of elevation gain with cairns telling you where to go. However the views are absolutely amazing and worth the work! There is not much in terms of shade but doing this in the morning should be the best bet. Lucky for us it was mostly overcast which helped a lot. If you want amazing views of the park and want a challenging hike, this is the best in the park.

Stephanie Siebert
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Hiking

Everything the reviewer before me, Rachel, said! No shade, drank all 2.5l of water!! We did this after the Hickman Bridge hike as they share a trailhead (also shared with the Rim Overlook trail). we weren't planning to go all the way to the knobs, but one of the few returning from there convinced us it was worth the effort. It truly is! Though we are gonna be sore later!

Rachel Struhs
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

This is a great hike. There’s no shade and it’s long so plan accordingly. The views are great! You’re hiking on slick rock so you have to look out for cairns along the way but it’s fairly hard to get lost. It’s a tough hike, aside from elevation gain I would say the toughest part is coming down since your feet are just pounding slick rock. The views are awesome and when you’re on the road driving out it’s cool to see how high up you were!!!

Evan Orjala
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Hiking

Amazing!! Did this hike on March 12. No snow, comfortable temperature. Careful doing this hike in the summer as there is absolutely no shade. As an 18 year old, probably took me about 2 hours to reach the top, and about an hour to make it back down. Took lots of breaks to take in the views, so it was probable a 4 or 4.5 hour ordeal. Truly incredible views of capitol reef and the distant mountains.

Ankur Garg
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Beautiful hike with a lot of uphill and downhil. A bit of a scramble at the very end to reach the top of the knobs. Even in early March, it got hot. There is no shade on the entire trail. Take plenty of water. The view from the outlook is worth it. A must do if you are visiting Capitol Reef. Catch a glimpse of HIckman's bridge. Nice photo op.

Benjamin Graybill
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Hiking

The trail was split about half and half between snow and dry ground. I brought my microspike, but didn't use them. Needed poles on the way down for the snowy parts. Even with snow, the scramble was totally doable!

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