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 Utah Travel Center National ParksCapitol ReefHiking


While you are hiking, take time to see the wildlife up-close.
Go on an Animal Safari.

Capitol ReefDay Hiking. In the Fruita area, there are 15 day hiking trails with trailheads located along Utah Hwy. 24 and the Scenic Drive. These trails offer the hiker a wide variety of options, from easy strolls along smooth paths over level ground to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs over uneven terrain near cliff edges. Hikes may take you deep into a narrow gorge, to the top of high cliffs for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area, under a natural stone arch, to historic inscriptions...and much, much more! Round trip distances vary in length from less than 1/4 mile to 10 miles. All trails are well-marked with signs at the trailhead and at trail junctions and by cairns (stacks of rocks) along the way. A free guide to the trails is available at the visitor center. Some trails have self-guiding brochures which are available, for a nominal fee, at the trailhead or at the visitor center.

Strenuous Hikes
CASSIDY ARCH
• Length: 1 and 3/4 miles
• Description: climbs steeply from floor of Grand Wash to high cliffs, ending above the arch.
GOLDEN THRONE
• Length: 2 miles
• Description:
climbs from bottom of gorge to top of cliffs and views of the base of Golden Throne; panoramas.
CHIMNEY ROCK
• Length: 3 and 1/2 miles
• Description:
climbs up switchbacks to upper loop; views of Chimney Rock and panoramas; self guiding trail.
NAVAJO KNOBS
• Length: 4 and 1/2 miles
• Description:
follows trail to Rim Overlook; then climbs another 2 1/4 miles for a 360 degree panorama.
COHAB CANYON
• Length: 1 and 3/4 miles
• Description:
Strenuous for first 1/4 mile, then moderate; climbs to a hidden canyon above the campground.
OLD WAGON TRAIL
• Length: 3 and 1/2 miles
• Description:
follows wagon route on Miners Mountain; panoramic views of the Waterpocket Fold.
FREMONT GORGE
• Length: 2 and 1/4 miles
• Description: crosses Johnson Mesa, then climbs steeply to 1,000 feet above the Fremont River.
RIM OVERLOOK
• Length: 2 and 1/4 of a mile
• Description:
ends on top of 1000 foot cliffs with spectacular views of the orchards, campground, and southward along the Waterpocket Fold.
FRYING PAN
• Length: 3 miles
• Description:
follows ridge of Capitol Reef escarpment
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Moderate Hikes
HICKMAN BRIDGE
• Length: 1 mile
• Description:
self-guiding nature trail leads under Hickman Natural Bridge.
FREMONT RIVER
• Length: 1 1/4 miles
• Description:
Very easy first 1/2 mile, strenuous thereafter; through orchards to overlook of the valley; self guiding trail.
Easy Hikes
CAPITOL GORGE
• Length: 1 mile
• Description:
mostly level walking along narrow wash bottom with sheer canyon walls plus Pioneer Register and waterpockets or "tanks."
GRAND WASH
• Length: 2 1/4 miles
• Description:
mostly level walking along narrow wash bottom with sheer canyon walls rising on both sides.
GOOSENECKS
• Length: 1/10 of a mile
• Description:
views of Sulphur Creek Canyon, panoramas, interesting rock formations beside the trail.
SUNSET POINT
• Length: 1/3 of a mile
• Description:
panoramic views of cliffs and domes; dramatic lighting at day's end.
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