• Strike Valley

    Capitol Reef

    National Park Utah

Trail Guide

Hiking Map & Guide to the Fruita Area

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Hickman Natural Bridge



Easy: uneven ground, but fairly level.

Moderate: a mix of steep grades and level sections.

Strenuous: steep grades, uneven terrain and long, steady climbs.



Distances One-Way in Miles (km)

Elevation Change in Feet (m)



Capitol Gorge 1.25 (2.0) <50 (<15) Easy Mostly level walking in a narrow wash bottom with sheer canyon walls and Pioneer Register; waterpockets or "tanks" require a short climb with an elevation increase of 80 feet (25 m)
Goosenecks 0.1 (0.2) <50 (<15) Easy Views of Sulphur Creek Canyon; panoramas.
Grand Wash 2.5 (4.0) 200 (60) Easy From the Highway 24 trailhead, very gradual climb of 200 feet (60 m) along narrow wash bottom with sheer canyon walls on both sides. From the Grand Wash Road trailhead, the trail travels down the wash.
Sunset Point 0.3 (0.5) <50 (<15) Easy Panoramic view of cliffs and domes; dramatic lighting a day's end.
Cohab Canyon 1.75 (2.8) 400 (120) Moderate A hidden canyon with spur trails and overlooks. Strenuous climb of 320 feet (100 m) from west to east up 0.25 mile (0.4 km) switchbacks, then moderate. More gradual climb of 440 feet (135 m) from east to west.
Fremont River 1.5 (2.4) 480 (145) Moderate Self-guiding nature trail beginning at bridge across from the road from the picnic area. Very easy first 0.5 mile (0.8 km) along river and orchards; strenuous climb to valley overlook thereafter.
Hickman Bridge 1.0 (1.6) 400 (120) Moderate Self-guiding nature trail leads to the base of a 133 foot (40.5 m) natural rock bridge. Strenuous at first then moderate.
Cassidy Arch 1.75 (2.8) 670 (205) Strenuous Trail begins on north side of canyon 300 yards (275 m) from the parking lot at Grand Wash Road. Climbs steeply with some exposure along high cliffs, ending on top of the arch.
Chimney Rock Loop Trail 3.5 (5.6) 810 (245) Strenuous Strenuous climb of 240 feet (75 m) up 0.25 mile (0.4 km) switchbacks; then moderate hike afterwards. Views of Chimney Rock and panoramas.
Fremont Gorge Overlook 2.25 (3.6) 1,090 (330) Strenuous Steep initial climb to Johnson Mesa, level across mesa, then steep climb to viewpoint 1,000 feet (305 m) above the Fremont River.
Frying Pan 3.0 (4.8) 1,000 (305) Strenuous Access from the end of Cassidy Arch Trail, then 670 foot (205 m) additional gain. From Cohab Canyon junction, a 960 foot (290 m) gain; numerous geological features.
Golden Throne 2.0 (3.2) 730 (220) Strenuous Climbs from the bottom of gorge to tops of cliffs and ends with a view of Golden Throne.
Navajo Knobs 4.75 (7.6) 2,400 (730) Strenuous Follow trail to Rim Overlook; then continue another 2.5 miles (4.0 km) for a 360-degree panorama.
Old Wagon Loop Trail 3.75 (6.0) 1,100 (335) Strenuous Follows old wagon route on Miners Mountain; panoramic views of the Waterpocket Fold.
Rim Overlook 2.25 (3.6) 1,110 (335) Strenuous Ends on top of 1,000 foot (305 m) cliffs with views of the orchards, campground to the south and domes to the east.
Artists image of a rock cairn. You will find many hiking trails marked with rock cairns.  Locating cairns may be difficult at first; look for rock piles or stacks.  PLEASE DO NOT BUILD NEW CAIRNS!

You will find many hiking trails marked with rock cairns.  Locating cairns may be difficult at first; look for rock piles or stacks.  PLEASE DO NOT BUILD NEW CAIRNS!

Hiking Suggestions

The summer sun is intense, and some trails rise to 6,900 feet (2,100 m) in elevation. ALWAYS CARRY WATER.

For your own and other's safety, stay on established trails; do not shortcut switchbacks or throw rocks. Hiking routes shown on this map are for location reference only. Routes are not trails and are not maintained.

Camping is not permitted within sight or sound of any trail, road or developed area except at established campgrounds. Before taking overnight trips, contact a park ranger who can suggest backcountry camping areas. A permit is required for backcountry camping and can be obtained at the visitor center free of charge.

Possession, destruction, or removal of any animals, plants, rocks or artifacts is prohibited.

Detailed trail descriptions, hiking guides, and maps are available from the Capitol Reef Natural History Association Bookstore.

Did You Know?

Desert Bighorn Sheep

Desert bighorn sheep, once common in the Capitol Reef area, were reintroduced in 1996 and 1997, and have since thrived here. Visitors have reported seeing them in Capitol Gorge, Grand Wash, and along the Fremont River corridor.