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

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1 month ago

We approached the Henry range from the southeast on UT95. If you use your smartphone for mapping, ignore any route with "Granite" in it. We were in a 4WD and that route wasn't much better than a rock path. If you come from the SE, you will want to find Sawmill Basin Rd. Much better road. Also, the Lonesome Beaver campground looked very nice. The hike was nice. Quite exposed. We went all the way to Mt. Ellen Peak, which was very tiring on the return portion.

Awesome trail with spectacular views all around. The drive to the trail head is insane. You definitely need a truck or Jeep to get there - the road is known to pop tires so make sure to have a spare! The hike itself is slightly challenging but doesn’t take long to complete. Well worth the hassle of driving up there!

Great hike, clearly marked, with great views. Allows you to walk over the arch.

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3 months ago

Cottonwood Wash - maybe Cottonwood Slot Canyon would be a better name. A Ranger at Capitol Reef told us about this amazing hike.
I am a little unsure of where the start of this trail is. At the Visitor Center, we were told to park right off Notom Road where there is a small sign for Cottonwood Wash and an unpaved parking lot & that it would be about a mile in before you hit the slot canyon. We started off walking from there down the Designated Route (for off road vehicles). When we were about 1/3 of a mile down the road, the pick-up truck who came in right after us came driving down the road. I decided to go back & drive my (4 wheel drive) truck. As I am not an experienced off-road driver, I went as far as I felt comfortable, which was about a mile & I parked on the side of the dirt road. It was still at least 1/3 of a mile down the road before the road ends & just the regular wash begins, and then maybe another mile after that before you actually get into the slot part of the hike. Then- it is sooo good. You will need to be a bit agile to climb your way through. It was the first hike ever that my 9 & 11 year old kids were having an easier (and more fun) of a time then I was. We went in as far as we could until you hit a wall that requires technical climbing & ropes. Even with cutting off about a mile of the dirt road, All Trails tracked us around 6 miles (and my Garmin at 6.2), but being in a Canyon, the tracking is off. We spent almost 4 1/2 hours hiking/climbing/scampering about.

Great conditions today. The hike is challenging but the trail is well marked and the terrain diverse. Arriving at the arch is very rewarding.

Amazing rock formations, highly recommended

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

I went there with a small group the beginning first September. We drove south from Capitol Reef NP. We had a 4runner, but road could have easily been done with something smaller. Bumpy, but otherwise drivable. The last .5 miles to the TH got a little crazy. If you have a smaller car, you may have to walk that. Back country permits were required but free at the visitor's center.
They will give you a topo map of the trail. If you're good at reading maps, it is a valuable reference for where you are because once we dropped into the canyon we had no service and no GPS.
The creek was completely dry for the first 5 or 6 miles. If you're going late summer, make sure you bring plenty of water. It is really hot and dry.
At about 6-mile we stated seeing small puddles of water pop up. The water pump came in really handy at this point.
We followed the creek bed going in. It probably made the hike longer, but it was easier to navigate. There are tons of trails winding down the canyon so if you decide to stick to the trail, don't be discouraged if you lose it. You'll find another one.
There are no signs marking the trial down there. You pretty much follow the canyon the whole way.
We camped just before the slots the first night. We decided to leave our camp set up the next day and just hike the slots with day packs. This worked pretty well and made we it back to camp just before sunset.
We started seeing more water in the slots. Bring your water shoes because you will get wet. There was only one point that the water was deep enough to have to swim through. The rest of the creek wasn't any higher than the calf.
Once you leave the slots on the south side, the trail cuts back north across the desert. This trail may be easy to miss at first but as long as you're moving in the right direction, you'll find it. Use the canyon walls as reference.
It is a really fun hike. I would recommend going earlier in the year if you want to find more water and cooler temperatures. We only saw one other group while we were down there.
TBH, I've been through better slot canyons, but it was awesome overall.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Motorcycled from Hans Flat Ranger Station many years ago and then hiked the overlook trail at the end. The overlook is amazing and I have wanted to go back and hike down into the maze

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Alltrails description of this hike is from the Highway 24 trailhead but the map is from the Gifford House end. We hiked in from the Highway 24 end of the Cohad Trail switched to the Frying Pan Trail and then to the Cassidy Arch Trail to Casidy Arch. A truly great and strenuous hike (lots of up and down) but not difficult nor edgy. The way we did it it encompassed about 8.5 miles and about 5 hours. The Arch is impressive and the only one we've found in southeast Utah that is easily walked across on top given its massive width.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Hiked this peak in high winds and hail around mid September. We were shrouded in the clouds for most of the hike too. Weather can appear and disappear fast. The trail unfortunately is mainly on the windy side of the mountain most of the way up, but it's a great hike with majestic views all round!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Great hike that climbs quickly out of the valley floor to a slot canyon near the top. Our kids did great completing the steep incline in about 15 minutes. We enjoyed exploring the slot canyon and a couple of its side canyons. The view from the canyon entrance are wonderful and gives a good overlook of some of the orchards and farm below.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We traveled with a university group of 9 in mid-march from the TH to Fountain Tanks. We came via the Burr Trail Road then headed south on the Notom-Bullfrog Road. The last .5 mile or so of the road to the TH is pretty gnarly (high clearance recommended) and could be impassable when wet. The roads were dry for us and the Tahoe and Jeep did fine. The TH has a picnic table and parking. The first 1.5 miles of trail drop right into the canyon and are pretty strenuous. Once in the valley, the hiking is flat and easy. The trail parallels the creek and is easy to find. The creek was running low and was very silty. We made it to the Fountain Tanks and they were a much more reliable water source. Exploring other slots nearby, we found many other pools that had clear water. Lots of Cryptobiotic soil made campsite selection tricky. Lots of fresh tracks and wildlife! The temps during the day were in the low to mid 50's with a light breeze from the south and low 30's at night. It threatened to rain our last day, but no precip. Cell phone reception is nonexistent. Bring a SAT phone or Spot-type device for communication. A permit is required for camping and can be only be obtained in person at the Capitol Reef Visitor Center in Torrey. For updates on weather, trail and road conditions, etc. call the Center @ 435.425.4111. Such an awesome place with lots of options for exploring!

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Brimhall Bridge is one of the best arches I've seen. Bring bug spray! The deer flies In Halls Creek were terrible when I went in June.

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

This was a fantastic hike, and was my favorite part of my Capital Reef trip. The trail gradually rolls up and down, constantly changing elevation, so you never have extended climbs or descents. For the most part, the trail is well maintained and cairns are visible, with the exception of a few areas in the Frying Pan trail. Just keep you head on a swivel or bring a GPS. Be sure to pack plenty of water. There is none on the trail, and during the summer this trail will be incredibly hot and you are exposed 95% of the time. The views at the end at Cassidy Arch are wonderful, and it's a good time to rest and soak it all in. If you have time for 1 hike in the park, it should be this one.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Hiking in and around The Maze is a one of a kind adventure. Getting there is a challenge, but the views alone are worth the tedious drive! Be careful on the route from the Maze Overlook to the canyon floor via the Maze Overlook trail. It requires some class 4 scrambling and takes more time that you might think. The Chocolate Drops are viewable from many locations around the Maze Overlook, fun hiking without going all the way down into the canyon.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Hiking in and around The Maze is a one of a kind adventure. Getting there is a challenge, but the views alone are worth the tedious drive! Be careful on the route from the Maze Overlook to the canyon floor via the Maze Overlook trail. It requires some class 4 scrambling and takes more time that you might think. The Chocolate Drops are viewable from many locations around the Maze Overlook, fun hiking without going all the way down into the canyon.

Awesome rocks

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Monday, September 02, 2013

This was an awesome hike and covers portion of the Cohab Canyon Trail for about a 1 Mile. Then The Frying Pan trail for about 3 miles. And then the Cassidy Arch trail for about .5 miles. My Handheld GPS listed 8.3 miles and as the round trip distance from Fruita. Its about .5 miles shorter from the Highway 24 trailhead.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

I love Capital Reef. This trail is a great one. Strenuous at first, but once you conquor that it is nice going down the canyon. Be sure to take the side trail up to the rim for a nice view of Fruita and the orchards. Do this hike in the morning before the sun gets high as it can be a hot one later in the day.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Getting down Halls Mesa is a bit of a workout but it's very easy after that.

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