Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

Scenic Spots in Capitol Reef

Brimhall Natural Bridge

A rugged hike through a narrow canyon rewards the hiker with a close-up view of Brimhall Natural Bridge, a double span. The route is largely unmarked, so carrying a topographic map is recommended. It is extremely hot in summer and water sources are unreliable; carry adequate water. ...

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Cottonwood Wash Trail

The hike up Cottonwood Wash is a moderate day-hike of three miles. It requires some navigating and lots of scrambling. Large boulders, chokestones, and deep pools create obstacles for individuals in Cottonwood Wash. Swimming may be necessary. Hikers should check conditions at the Visitor Center before attempting this hike. ...

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Halls Creek Canyon Trail

The Halls Creek drainage is a large beautiful canyon bounded by the high cliffs of Hall Mesa on the east and the steep slickrock slopes of the Waterpocket Fold on the west. Numerous side canyons beckon the hiker with sufficient time for exploration. The highlight of the hike is ...

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Hamburger Rocks Trail

The Hamburger Rocks are small dark colored hoodoos with hamburger-like shapes within the Navajo sandstone. The white colored slope they are perched on accentuates the rocks. The route is unmarked and carrying a topographic map is recommended. The hike is extremely hot in summer; carry adequate water. ...

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Lower Muley Twist Canyon

The highlight of the hike is a deep, narrow, twisting canyon with large alcoves. The canyon offers many opportunities for side trips and exploring. From 1881 to 1884, the canyon served as a wagon route for Mormon pioneers traveling south toward San Juan County. The canyon was thought to ...

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Spring Canyon

Spring Canyon is deep and narrow with towering Wingate cliffs and Navajo domes. It originates on the shoulder of Thousand Lakes Mountain and extends to the Fremont River. The route is marked with rock cairns and signs in some places, but many sections are unmarked and carrying a topographic ...

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Upper Muley Twist Canyon

Highlights of the hike are narrow canyons, expanses of slickrock, large arches, and dramatic vistas from the top of the Waterpocket Fold. The canyon offers many opportunities for side trips and off-trail exploring. The route is marked with rock cairns and signs, but carrying a topographic map is recommended. ...

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