Explore the most popular trail running trails near Canyon with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
5 days ago

I love this trail. Its some great exercise and about 6 miles. You get a pretty good 15 minute climb at the end and get to stand up on the lighthouse rock structure at the end which is really rewarding. Ive hiked it a few times and mountain biked it as well. Great hike to take visitors.

I would not call this a hike. It’s a long walk with a disappointing end. The trail is Mostly flat with a few little hills. There are always a lot of people on it. Lots of better hikes in the canyon. Rock garden is way better and the same distance.

Great easy trail, though the climb to the lighthouse requires a bit of scrambling. Definitely worth it though!

Not bad

2.7 mi in, and 2.7 out. not too hard, just long. veri nice scenery.

hiking
1 month ago

Being from Texas, I was a little concerned about the heat warnings; knowing that it can still get hot in October, I kept an eye on my weather app. We went in at 8:30 a.m. when the temp was in the 70s with an overcast sky, but the temps were due to start hitting the 90s after lunch time. We took almost a full four hours - stopping at the "end of trail" sign for snacks at the picnic table and then venturing up the little rock trail to the left and on to the lighthouse rock. I'm not in great shape but feel fine after. The scrambling at the end may not be for everyone! We took snacks, one water bladder each plus small celebratory Gatorades, used bug spray (you'll need it), and wore sunscreen. (Next time, I'll add a walking stick.) I personally would not venture out on this trail May to September. We weren't graced with any creatures other than a few bright green beetles and lizards. Tip: Make sure you get both map sheets at the entry gate; one is trails, one is points of interest. Enjoy and be safe.

pls hike early when sun is not at peak..i learned hard way..almost passed out on this one as we started at 10am on a high 80's finished at around 2pm with temp of 100 not very smart...at the end of the trail theres like 2 ambulance treating hiker for heat stroke....so pls be careful on this one...wear hat,sunscreeen, bring ice cold water like 2 liters each hiker...again start early. but then this I can recommend I will do it again on cooler weather for sure.

As another poster mentioned, the trailhead is a little difficult to find, but once on it is well-marked. Bring plenty of water. This is desert hiking, it's very hot!

Easy well marked trail. Once you end the tail, you do have to climb up to the ‘Lighthouse’ - please do! Once your up there (flat rock), take OFF your shoes but be careful to not lose your socks. Water and sunscreen is essential! Be safe, be kind.

P.S.

If you have a mountain bike please bring it! It’s so much better (easier), faster, and fun!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to moderate out and back with a short climb up loose rock. Continue on and up past the Lighthouse for some amazing views from the top. Be sure to set out early if you're going to hike in summer. The afternoon sun can be brutal, plus the morning light in the canyon is breathtaking. There's very little shade along this well marked and heavily trafficked trail, so bring sunscreen and lots of water.

Great beginner hike. Good scenery, great place to spot roadrunners.

We did this trail a couple of summers ago with my 10 year old grandson. We left mid morning in June and by the time we completed the trail it was 100 degrees. Saw a lot of lizards. We all enjoyed it but really hot!

pls hike early when sun is not at peak..i learned hard way..almost passed out on this one as we started at 10am on a high 80's finished at around 2pm with temp of 100 not very smart...at the end of the trail theres like 2 ambulance treating hiker for heat stroke....so pls be careful on this one...wear hat,sunscreeen, bring ice cold water like 2 liters each hiker...again start early. but then this I can recommend I will do it again on cooler weather for sure.

The Canyon was cool in the valley with spectacular views that changed as the sun set. There are benches for resting, camp sites, and flushable toilets. Bring plenty of drinking water. It’s only $5 per person and the park stays open until 10pm. It is dog friendly and some trails for horses. We also saw mountain bike trails. I’d recommend this Canyon to families with kids and pets.

on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice trail. it is 5.8 miles return. At the trail's end, you can climb up to the lighthouse rock formation. The trail has ups and downs, nice scenary. Well marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked this trail in the hottest part of day in the hottest time of year. Other than the heat and need for plenty of water was a pretty easy hike. All in all this was a nice trail with easy terrain. Lots of lizards and annoying bugs (not sure what they were) that would not stop biting me! Was quite disappointed when we hit the “end of trail” post to find you couldn’t even see the landmark from this point. We didn’t carry on due to time of day and water supply but I do intend on going back and finishing the hike to the top of the lighthouse.

mostly flat, more vegetation and water (dry in Summer) than rock formations. Lots of trail bikers.

This is a loop trail. We took the loop clockwise and it took us a bit less than two hours to complete even with lots of stops for photos and to climb some rocks. There are some very nice views on the part going away from the beginning of the trail. On the loop back much of the trail is near the road and the red river with no scenic areas really. I would recommend whoever takes this trail to do it in the clockwise direction so that you get to the scenic views earlier than later. My low rating is due entirely to the return leg of the trail. If you do it, you might be better off turning around once you reach the red river and a parking lot with restrooms.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is rated moderate perhaps because of its 5.7 mile distance but it is more of an easy trail. It is well traveled and the trail itself is wide enough for a car at many places. The exception is the last part to the lighthouse which involves some climbing. But that section is not part of the trail proper. If you don’t mind a bit of climbing it is well worth the effort to get up to the lighthouse. The views from there are great. There are a couple of ways to get up from where there is a metallic bench. At first we took the path toward the left. It ended up being a bit difficult and we turned back. We took the one toward the right which was easier so I would definitely recommend that route.

one of the nicer trails. Hard to find the start point because road signs are not good. Once on trail, it is well marked. It is in and out, not a loop with very nice views, close ups of rock formations that make up the Canyon . one of my favourites

Of course it's a great trail, but watch out for rattlesnakes. We passed 2 rattlesnakes on our hike. One was in the middle of the trail and one was toward the side of the trail in the shade. It had just bit a hiker and she was waiting for medical help to arrive. Hike in center of trail (about5-6 feet wide) and be very aware of surroundings.

hiking
4 months ago

I took my two small dogs on this trail this morning. We got out there just right before 8am and by the time we got back to the car it was blazing hot. It took us about 2.5 hours to compete, but we took it slow and took lots of water breaks. Heavily used, mostly a hard dirt packed trail with some rocks and sand. I would say that the only thing that is moderate about this hike is the oppressive heat. I saw people walking in with only a liter of water but make no mistakes that is absolutely not enough water if you’re hiking in the heat of the day. I had two 64 ounce water bladders in my backpack and I drained most of them. Not much shade, so sunscreen and a hat is a must. Beautiful views, with lots of wildlife. We saw a few lizards, a tarantula, and some bluebirds. I would imagine this trail would have been absolutely amazing when all of the water crossings were full. I would recommend this trail to experienced hikers in the summer and to everyone on the cooler months.

5 months ago

Pretty cool trail it’s a mountain biking trail mostly but its name sake , the “peak” is fun to hike up to and get some amazing views along with a sense of accomplishment. It’s the same peak you find not even a quarter of a mile in on the popular “lighthouse” trail if you’re not looking to bike and just want to hike up Capitol Peak I’d suggest starting at lighthouse.

walking
5 months ago

easy

Great trail. Very popular though. I probably saw 50 people on the trail. The view at the end is amazing.

Really enjoyed this trail. You can take this trail to the lighthouse trail. This is a popular trail for mountain bikers.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail with an incredible view at the end of the trail- one you get to the “end of trial” signs, take the dirt trail on the left up to see the hoodoos and the great view. It’s a bit of a climb- steep and a little slippery at some points, but well worth it for the view! Go early to miss the crowds.

on The Lighthouse Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great walk through red rock to the iconic lighthouse formation. “Great reward” at the end is only if you are willing to continue past the end of the trail sign.

hiking
5 months ago

This is a great trail with a big reward at the end. Highly recommended to set out first thing when the park opens at 7am, because later in the morning lots of tourists show up. Early AM it was just me and some trail bikers. The trail officially ends at the base of the Lighthouse, where you can't even see it. You then have to go through the two "End of Trail" posts, and follow the footpath up to the spires. Pretty easy, just take care to stay on the correct path back and not a false path, or else you end up a little lost like me. Note that this last part is not on GPS because it isn't official trail, but it is SO worth it to walk the land bridge between the two spires.

Great trail for hiking and mountain biking. Even horses allowed. Couple key notes

* Mostly flat trail. At times rocky with some uphill and downhill. Somewhat slippery.
* Any athletic footwear can handle for anyone who has been hiking but or course trail specific shoes work best
* The trail "ends" before you get to the lighthouse. if that's what you came for, you'll have to pass the "Trail End" sign into a more primitive, un-maintained, smaller trail that's really rugged and slippery. very steep too.
* It's worth it. Great views overall. Unique experience, but the trail overall is easy
* True Moderate. Once you end the trail, difficult.
* Come before May. Gets hotter in the canyon.

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