Capitol Reef National Park

Top Adventures in Capitol Reef National Park

  • Hike Capitol Reef's Sulphur Creek

    This is a loop hike that either requires a shuttle or 3 mile walk along highway 24. The starting trailhead is the Chimney Rock Trailhead which has limited parking. The ending trailhead is the Capitol Reef National Park Visitors Center. We only had...

    6 miles

  • Hike the Chimney Rock Loop, Capitol Reef NP

    From the trailhead, the trek starts off pretty step. You will reach a fork near the top of the plateau which starts the official loop. At the junction go left (counterclockwise). The trail offers wonderful views along the way. The loop will bring ...

    3.6 miles 590 ft gain

  • Take in the View at Sunset Point, Capitol Reef NP

    Sunset Point Trail is an quick and easy 0.4 mile hike near the entrance of the park that provides you with beautiful views of the Capital Reef rim from the opposite side of the park. As the evening descends the setting sun illuminates the red rim ...

    1 miles 50 ft gain

  • Hike Lower Cathedral Valley Overlook

    Now most of the pictures you see from Capitol Reef are from cathedral valley. But not many take the time to get above the most photographed area of the park. Off of Hartnet Road, at mile 17.6 you will find a small dirt parking lot for the trailhea...

    2 miles 150 ft gain

  • Hike to Hickman Natural Bridge

    Starting at 5350' in elevation, the hike to Hickman natural bridge is one of the best hikes in Capitol Reef National Park for families with small children. The hike is just under two miles round trip and doesn't include any steep or exposed sectio...

    1.84 miles 400 ft gain

  • Hike Navajo Knobs

    Navajo Knobs is one of Capital Reef’s most spectacular hikes. It brings you, moderately, to one of Capital Reef’s most spectacular viewpoints of the main park’s viewpoints. (Tip: Upon arriving at the park the Ranger recommended this as her favorit...

    10 miles 3000 ft gain

  • Hike Cassidy Arch

    Follow the scenic road just past the Fruita Campground to the first dirt road on the left. The dirt road meanders through cool rock formations (great for night photography) and eventually dramatic cliffs that you will be climbing up. The parking a...

    3.5 miles

  • Explore the Orchards and Gifford House of Capitol Reef

    Inside Capitol Reef National Park, you’ll find a wonderful treasure. There are acres of orchards inside the park, all of which you are welcome to roam around and explore, you’ll see old farms buildings from the Mormon settlers that came through th...

  • Drive the Scenic Drive in Capitol Reef National Park

    Inside Capitol Reed National Park there is a scenic drive. The drive you do have to pay for ($15 bucks a car) but considering the park is free, you may as well!  The drive is about 8 miles long, with pull offs for ideal picture taking, the landsca...

  • Drive the Cathedral Valley Loop

    These set of roads are classified as 4x4 high clearance vehical roads. Not to mention this part of the park is remote and only about 10% of visitors access it. To get to Cathedral Valley, we were recommended to drive a “loop” by the park ranger, t...

    60 miles

  • Explore the Temple of the Sun & Moon and Glass Mountain

    The temple of the sun and moon are accessed from Cathedral Rd. in Capitol Reef National Park, the road is a 4x4 high clearance vehical road. Upon arriving at the Temples which are called “monoliths”, the giant rocks protrude from the earth, and ar...

  • Hike the Grand Wash, Capitol Reef National Park

    The Grand Wash is a canyon in Capitol Reef National Park featuring several-hundred-foot-tall sandstone walls. The canyon walls are, for the most part, widely spaced, except for a half mile long section of scenic "narrows".Hike to nearby Cassidy Ar...

    6.25 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Teasdale, Utah

      Fruita Campground

      Overview Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a ge...

    • Torrey, Utah

      Capitol Reef Np Group Campsite

      Overview Located in south-central Utah in the heart of red rock country, Capitol Reef National Park is a hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes and bridges in the Waterpocket Fold, a ge...

    • Lyman, Utah

      Elkhorn Campground

      Overview Elkhorn Campground is located 20 miles northeast of Loa, Utah, on the scenic Thousand Lake Mountain at an elevation of approximately 9300 feet. Visitors enjoy exploring local trails on foo...

    • Bicknell, Utah

      Sunglow Campground

      Overview Sunglow Campground is located in a scenic red rock box canyon just 2 miles from Bicknell, Utah. Visitors enjoy exploring local trails and day-tripping to Capitol Reef National Park.Recreat...

    • Teasdale, Utah

      Singletree

      Overview Singletree Campground is located on the east side of Boulder Mountain in central Utah. Visitors enjoy hiking and sightseeing in this beautiful area. Recreation A one-mile hiking trail begi...

    • , Utah

      Rosebud Atv

      Overview Rosebud ATV Campground is located high on the Colorado Plateau at an elevation of 8300 feet. Torrey, Utah is just 17 miles northwest. Visitors enjoy exploring miles of local ATV trails.Rec...

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