Capitol Reef National Park Sports & Outdoors

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    Hickman Trail and Rim Overlook Trail

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Hickman Bridge

    The Hickman Bridge Trail is reached a 2 mile round trip trail that is steep and strenuous in spots then levels out and becomes easier. The trail connects to the strenuous 4.5 mile round trip, Rim Overlook Trail if you want a bit more of a challenge. Both trails will expose you to the glaring sun so be prepared.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Old Wagon Trail

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    The Old Wagon Trail follows, as you might guess, an old wagon trail, and traverses several types of rock formations.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Cohab Canyon Trail

    by Basaic Written Sep 20, 2012

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    Cohab Canyon Trail

    The Cohab Canyon Trail stretches from the Fruita Campground to Utah Highway 24 just across from the Hickman Bridge Trailhead. The trail connects to several other trails.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Chimney Rock Trail

    by Basaic Updated Sep 20, 2012

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    To me, this is probably the most beautiful hiking trail in the park. The Chimney Rock Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail that leads through bright red sands and colorful cliffs of Wingate Sandstone to a neat formation called Chimney Rock. The trail connects to the Chimney Rock Canyon Trail for those in need of a bigger challenge. The first part of this loop trail is steep and a strenuous hike. Once you get to the top of the bluff, the trail levels out and you are treated to magnificent views of the Waterpocket Fold and Boulder Mountain. There are steep drop-offs along the trail too, so exercise due caution.

    Equipment: Good walking shoes, water, sunscreen, a hat, insect repellant, a snack, and weather appropriate clothing, don't forget your camera!

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    Hiking In Capitol Reef

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Upper Cathedral Valley

    There are a number of day hiking trails with trailheads located along Utah Highway 24 and the Scenic Drive. These trails vary from easy strolls along smooth paths over level ground to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs over uneven terrain near cliff edges. You can hike into narrow gorges, to the top of high cliffs, to a natural stone arch, or to historical areas. These trails range from 1/4 mile to 10 miles in length. All trails are marked with signs and/or cairns, which are stacks of rocks.

    For the serious back packer there are a number of trails for exploring the remote areas. Some of these hikes are found in the southern section of the park and in the Cathedral Valley area. If you are planning to an overnight hike, be aware that you must obtain a free backcountry permit at the visitor center before leaving on your trip.

    You may pick up a free guide for hiking trails at the visitor center.

    Equipment: Good hiking shoes, and carry lots of water.

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    hike right on the Waterpocket Fold!

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 30, 2009

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    views like this are worth the effort

    While you can see quite a bit of the park from its scenic drives, there is no way to get a better feel and view of this great landscape than by hiking into it. Capitol Reef National Park has some of Utah's nicest hiking trails and you will be happy to find them a lot less busy than in other Utah National Parks. There are trails for every level of hiker and as a rule the walks are short to medium length. Elevation change can be from very little to up to 1500 feet so even the hardest hikes are possible for anyone in decent shape. These more difficult hikes are well worth it as they afford amazing views and a real chance to escape what little crowds this gem of a park does attract.

    Equipment: As with all desert hiking, carry plenty of water. Four liters per day is recommended but obviously if you are hiking only a mile a liter will suffice. Sunscreen is essential as is a wide brimmed hat or at least a baseball cap. Light colored long sleeve shorts and pants are best for sun protection and good for changes in the weather, always possible at this elevation. Sturdy hiking boots are needed for the rocky traverses you will encounter on all but the easiest trails.

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