Capitol Reef National Park Hiking Trails

Capitol Reef: Hiking Capitol Reef National Park offers exceptional hiking trails through a wide variety of terrain. Slot canyons here rival the famous canyon hikes in Zion National Park (only you'll see far fewer people). Other trails ascend the knobs and ridges to viewpoints above natural bridges and other scenic wonders. Below we list some of the more popular trails.

Brimhall Natural Bridge Strenuous
Brimhall Natural Bridge is a pothole-style double arch hidden deep within the recesses of Capitol Reef National Park’s Brimhall Canyon, a tributary...(more)

Burro Wash Moderate
Burro Wash is one of the breathtaking narrows within Capitol Reef National Park’s Waterpocket Fold, on the Notom-Bullfrog Road 9 miles south of High...(more)

Capitol Gorge Moderate
Capitol Gorge follows the Capitol Wash through the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park, going from the south end of the Scenic Drive on the...(more)

Cassidy Arch Trail Easy
Named after the famous Butch Cassidy, Cassidy Arch is located in the central portion of Capitol Reef National Park, specifically just within the weste...(more)

Chimney Rock Moderate
The Chimney Rock Trail in Capitol Reef National Park takes visitors to the top of a low mesa along the edge of the Waterpocket Fold and across the mes...(more)

Cohab Canyon Moderate
Cohab Canyon is a popular destination atop the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. The lower end of the canyon drops down into the gorge b...(more)

Cottonwood Wash Strenuous
The Lower Trailhead for Cottonwood Wash is located on the Notom-Bullfrog Road, 9 miles south of Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park. The hike we...(more)

Frying Pan Trail Moderate
The Frying Pan Trail in Capitol Reef National Park takes visitors from the head of Grand Wash and the Cassidy Arch Trail, across the Waterpocket Fold,...(more)

Golden Throne Trail Moderate
Toward the east end of Capitol Gorge in Capitol Reef National Park, hikers have the chance to climb up into the higher reaches of the Waterpocket Fold...(more)

Grand Wash Easy
Grand Wash is a famous gorge that cuts its way through the upper portion of the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. The wash connects the...(more)

Halls Creek Narrows Strenuous
The Halls Creek Narrows are a 3-mile stretch of rugged, spectacular canyon near the bottom of the Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef National Park. The...(more)

Headquarters Canyon Easy
Headquarters Canyon in the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park offers a short, easy canyoneering adventure that the whole family can enjoy....(more)

Hickman Bridge Easy
Just two miles east of the Capitol Reef visitor center, the trailhead to Hickman Bridge offers hikers an easy, spectacularly scenic trek up to a large...(more)

Lower Muley Twist Canyon Strenuous
“So narrow that it could twist a mule” was how Muley Twist Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park got its name. An important pass through the 100-mi...(more)

Rim Overlook and the Navajo Knobs Strenuous
The Rim Overlook and Navajo Knobs are extensions of the Hickman Bridge Trail in Capitol Reef National Park, both towering over the Fremont River below...(more)

Sheets Gulch Strenuous
Sheets Gulch is a moderately strenuous hike that requires rock-scrambling and trail-finding skills, and at times wading. There are numerous boulder fa...(more)

Sulphur Creek Easy
One of the most fantastic hikes in Capitol Reef National Park, Sulphur Creek offers easy access to awesome canyoneering, complete with waterfalls, a 6...(more)

Surprise Canyon Easy
Surprise Canyon is a short, easy canyoneering route along the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park. The canyon is narrow, but never qualifie...(more)

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