Capitol Reef National Park, UT: Hiking Information


If you have more time than just a quick drive through (or a ride on the shuttles where they are present), you might want to stop and do a little hiking. Always be prepared and take some water with you.


Many trails are longer, harder and may have more drop offs. When hiking these you may want to check with the visitor center on current conditions. These hikes are one to two hours long.


These trails are moderate to strenuous hikes. They can be very steep and have narrow canyons. Each of these takes three to four hours (or more). It is best to take your time climbing and to watch your step.


Capitol Gorge

Miles: 2 mile round trip

Easy, mostly level walking along narrow wash bottom with sheer canyon walls plus Pioneer Register and waterpockets or "tanks".


Miles: .1 mile one way

Sunset Point

Miles: 2/3 miles round trip

Panoramic views of cliffs & domes; dramatic lighting at days end


Cohab Canyon

Miles: 1 3/4 one way

Strenuous for the first 1/4 mile, then moderate; climbs to a hidden canyon with spur trails, overlooking Fruita.

Hickman Bridge

Miles: 2 miles (3.3 km) round trip

Sulphur Creek Route

Miles: 5 one way

Moderate to strenuous if the best way to describe this hike. You start and one side and end up at the visitor center. This hike will take you walking along the bottom of the Goosenecks. You must check with the visitor center before doing this hike because of problems with flash flooding. This will take 4 to 5 hours to hike.


Chimney Rock Trail

Miles: 3.5 Round Trip

This is a strenuous hike at first that leads to a moderate hike near the top. This is a round trip hike. It can take from 3 to 4 hours. It has wonderful views of the canyon floor below. During this hike you go up 600 feet.

Golden Throne

Miles: 2 miles one way

Climbs from bottom of gorge to top of cliffs and ends with a view of the base of Golden Throne; panoramas.

Navajo Knobs

Miles: 4 1/2 (one way) 9 miles round trip

Rim Overlook

Miles: 2 1/4 one way - 4 1/2 round trip

Ends on top of 1,000 foot high cliffs with views of the orchards, campground and south.

Spring Canyon

Miles: 9 miles one way

This is a short strenuous climb at start the moderate. This is a long hike be prepared to take all day to do this hike. You will need to find transportation at the end of the hike. This is a one way trip. At the end of the hike you will need to cross the Fremont River to Highway 24.