Adventurers traveling to Utah will find a beautiful, rugged oasis in Capitol Reef National Park. This red rock landscape is not as busy as other areas in Utah, such as Bryce Canyon and Zion, but it offers an incredible variety of outdoor adventures. The vast desert landscape will be the backdrop for adventures like hiking, sightseeing, driving, and other fun activities. Spending a few days enjoying the beauty of Capitol Reef National Park will give travelers a new appreciation for this gorgeous area of Utah.
Unforgettable Hiking Adventures
When traveling to southern Utah, hiking is on most visitor’s bucket lists. There is something special about lacing up a pair of boots and traversing the red rock trails of the Utah desert. Those traveling to Capitol Reef will find many different hiking trails with beautiful views, exciting challenges, and once in a lifetime adventures. While these are the three most popular trails, Capitol Reef has many more hiking excursions for guests to enjoy.
This relatively easy hike is perfect for hikers of nearly every age and skill level. This is the most popular trail in the area thanks to the low level of difficulty and the amazing views along the trail. This trail does require a bit of logistical planning since it is a one-way hike. Hikers will just need to have a bike, vehicle, or be able to catch a shuttle at the end of the hike. Or, hikers can travel three miles along the road back to the trailhead. This leisurely hike features waterfalls, breathtaking descents, and a 600-foot gorge. Hikers of all experience levels will enjoy a hike along Sulphur Creek.
Hickman Bridge Trail
The Hickman Bridge trailhead can also be used to access Navajo Knobs, as well as a few other trails. The trail to Hickman Bridge forks right and will lead hikers on a short but exciting hike. The hike to Hickman Bridge is less than two miles long, which means most hikers can complete the journey in about an hour and a half. The destination of this hike, Hickman Bridge, is a beautiful arching formation which was created by water flow over millions of years. The bridge stands 125 feet high and 133 feet long, making all who stand below it marvel at its massive size and incredible structure.
Another popular trail in Capitol Reef, Navajo Knobs is an out and back trail that is more strenuous than the previous two trails listed. This trail is around nine miles long and has some difficult terrain that requires some hiking experience. Though this is a popular hike in the park, the foot traffic is moderate, and hikers are much more likely to have a serene, uninterrupted hike on this trail than on any trails in other Utah parks. The sweeping, panoramic views of the landscape during the entire hike make this journey one of the most beautiful hikes in southern Utah.