Capitol Reef National Park

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  • 1. Capitol Gorge

    Scenic Drive

    Eight miles south of the visitor center, Scenic Drive ends, at which point you can drive an unpaved spur road into Capitol Gorge. The narrow...Read More

  • 2. Capitol Gorge Trail and the Tanks

    Viewpoint

    Starting at the Pioneer Register, about a ½ mile from the Capitol Gorge parking lot, is a ½-mile trail that climbs to the Tanks—holes in the...Read More

  • 3. Chimney Rock Trail

    Trail

    You're almost sure to see ravens drifting on thermal winds around the deep-red Mummy Cliff that rings the base of this trail. This loop trail...Read More

  • 4. Utah Scenic Byway 24

    Scenic Drive

    For 75 miles between Loa and Hanksville, you'll cut right through Capitol Reef National Park. Colorful rock formations in all their hues of...Read More

  • 5. Anasazi State Park

    Museum/Gallery

    This former archaeological site includes portions of an Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) village occupied most likely sometime between AD 1050 and...Read More

  • 6. Behunin Cabin

    Notable Building

    Elijah Cutler Behunin used blocks of sandstone to build this cabin in 1882. Floods in the lowlands made life too difficult, and he moved before...Read More

  • 7. Burr Trail Scenic Backway

    Scenic Drive

    Branching east off Scenic Byway 12 (see the Bryce Canyon National Park chapter) in Boulder, Burr Trail travels through the Circle Cliffs area...Read More

  • 8. Capitol Dome

    Nature Sight

    One of the rock formations that gave the park its name, this giant sandstone dome is visible in the vicinity of the Hickman Bridge trailhead...Read More

  • 9. Cathedral Valley/North District Loop

    Trail

    The north end of Capitol Reef, along this backcountry road, is filled with towering monoliths, panoramic vistas, water crossings, and a stark...Read More

  • 10. Chimney Rock

    Nature Sight

    Even in a landscape of spires, cliffs, and knobs, this deep-red landform, 3.9 miles west of the visitor center, is unmistakable. ...Read More

  • 11. Cohab Canyon Trail

    Trail

    Find rock wrens and Western pipistrelles (canyon bats) on this trail. One end is directly across from the Fruita Campground on Scenic Drive...Read More

  • 12. Fremont Petroglyphs

    Indigenous Sight

    Between AD 300 and 1300, the Capitol Reef area was occupied by Native Americans who were eventually referred to by archaeologists as the Fremont...Read More

  • 13. Fremont River Trail

    Trail

    What starts as a quiet little stroll beside the river turns into an adventure. The first ½ mile of the trail wanders past orchards next to the...Read More

  • 14. Gifford House Store and Museum

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    One mile south of the visitor center in a grassy meadow with the Fremont River flowing by, this is an idyllic shady spot in the Fruita Historic...Read More

  • 15. Golden Throne Trail

    Trail

    As you hike to the base of the Golden Throne, you may be lucky enough to see one of the park's elusive desert bighorn sheep, but you're more...Read More

  • 16. Grand Wash Road

    Scenic Drive

    A dirt road spur from the main scenic drive, starting 3.4 miles from the visitor center, follows this twisting route down a canyon for about...Read More

  • 17. Grand Wash Trail

    Trail

    At the end of unpaved Grand Wash Road you can continue on foot through the canyon to its end at Highway 24. This flat hike takes you through...Read More

  • 18. Hickman Bridge Trail

    Trail

    This trail leads to a natural bridge of Kayenta sandstone, with a 133-foot opening carved by intermittent flash floods. Early on, the route...Read More

  • 19. Pioneer Register

    Historic District/Site

    Travelers passing through Capitol Gorge in the 19th and early 20th centuries etched the canyon wall with their names and the date. Directly...Read More

  • 20. Ranger Talks

    Tour–Sight

    Typically, the park offers a daily morning geology talk at the visitor center and a daily afternoon petroglyph-panel talk. Occasional geology...Read More

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