Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Gorge

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 west side of the Fold to the town of Notom on the east. Through the Fold, Capitol Gorge becomes deep and narrow, with several sections of almost slot-like proportions.

This was the principal route through the national park until Highway 24 was built in 1964. The gorge takes visitors past Petroglyph panels, a pioneer register, and the famous water tanks.

Parking Lot
The parking lot is at the beginning of Capitol Gorge, just off of the Scenic Drive, still three miles from the beginning of the Golden Throne Trail, and more than 5 miles from the far end of the canyon. This creates a wide range of distances for any hike. Visitors can hike from the parking lot to the end of the canyon and back, for a total of over 11 miles, or they can go the shorter routes.

Capitol Reef National Park
HC 70 Box 15
Phone: (435) 425 3791
Email: [email protected]


Directions from Capitol Reef Visitor Center: Drive southward on Scenic Drive to road's end. Bear left and follow Capitol Gorge Road less than 2 miles to the trailhead.