Looking for a great trail near Hanksville, Utah? AllTrails has 41 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Capitol Reef National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 19 moderate trails in Hanksville ranging from 1.2 to 19.6 miles and from 4,078 to 11,525 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
no shade
2 days ago

I am so happy we went here: fun and strange sculpture-like formations, fun to walk around and explore. There’s no official trail, you roam around the area. There’s three sections, definitely walk to the one furthest away from the parking lot too.

Spectacular scenery amazing views. Hard to get location long drive. Quiet wilderness location. Excellent ancient native art. . Beware this is really an 8.5 mile out and back hike according to our GPS and verified by the volunteer docent at the Great Gallery. Trail in canyon is very sandy so it feels more like a 10+ mile hike Still glad we did it.

hiking
rocky
scramble
9 days ago

So cool! This was my first slot canyon hike. Wow- loved it! Just went up Little Wild Horse until it opened out, and then turned around and came back (I was limited on time, and also just didn't want to do 3 miles in the sun).

great trail, make sure you go all the way to the end and find the sign pointing toward the cave we almost missed it, but glad we didnt. bring water, and sunscreen, we did this mid summer and was very hot

Great hike, I suggest lots of water, and a hat. Look for markets along the way and you won’t get lost.

Super fun the scramble around

This park is totally underrated. So cool. The path isn’t super well marked but it’s really neat being about to just walk around the big goblin valleys and find your way.

Do the full loop. Clockwise. Just note there’s about 3 miles in between the slot canyons. Little to no shade during that stretch. It’s nice scenery and I think it’s cool to see the little wild horse slots as well as bell canyon slots. Took me 4.5 hours, but I stop a lot to take pictures.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
23 days ago

The wash is primarily a means to get to the backcountry; the view from it is poor. After the first half-mile, we were alone.

certainly the slottiest of canyons we've every travelled. We went clockwise, up Bell and down Wild Horse, so that the gradient was more forgiving.

I love the canyon parts and the rocks...I hate the gravelly stretch through Bell Canyon though. Its hot and moderately boring. But I guess that's kind of how life is.

off road driving
rocky
1 month ago

One of my favorite hikes! Very cool scenery and also very interesting because of the different paths and rock formations along the way. Definitely recommendable!

The trail is really easy to get lost on so just be sure to follow the rock stacks along it! The mouth of the lair is not entirely blocked, you have to climb over some rocks and getting up to it from the valley is short but really steep. Bring a map and tons of water as it is not shaded at all and is mostly a walk in the desert

hiking
1 month ago

Such a fun hike through some great slot canyons!

Did this back in the beginning of April, it’s a beautiful trail just be aware that the water can get deep we were doing crossing all the way up to our thighs until at one point we had to swim because it go so deep but this was after a previous rain storm that had probably happened a week prior so just be aware but I still had fun swimming!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

This trail is really cool. Its an 8 mile loop, so when you get to the fork, you can go either way and you will get back to the beginning. We took the left (bell canyon). In this start there are some open areas and a few shallow slots, but it eventually opens up into this nice viewing area, and you will know that you are half way. The second half is the narrow slots (wild horse). Don't choose Bell first if there is chance of rain because this leaves the slots for the ending. If you go right to Wild horse, the majority of the slot canyons are in the beginning. There is some shade on this hike, but be prepared for the sun if there is no cloud cover, bring sunblock and lots of water. Overall, very cool hike. Be prepared to scramble and move around some rocks.

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
washed out
2 months ago

We decided to come to Goblin Valley State Park instead of Canyonlands and we weren’t disappointed. This short hike was a blast. there’s no designated trail. It’s all been washed out, but that really doesn’t matter. There’s so much to explore. Highly recommend hiking over to the small lookout point that is to the far left if you were looking out onto the valley from the parking lot. Beautiful views. We’ll definitely need to come back here to soon.

The Goblin;s Lair is a hot hike. There is no shade at all until you get to the cave. It says in the description that the cave entrance is blocked. Yes and no. You can climb into the mouth of the cave, and if you are physically able you can climb down into the cave. To get back up you need to climb over some rocks. But its a nice break from the heat.

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