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A quick weekend trip to Capitol Reef is a great way to unwind and take in some natural beauty. If you have time to plan ahead, try to reserve a campsite inside the park. From there, you'll be close to the farm and a lot of the trailheads, and you'll get to spend the night in one of the most beautiful sections of the park.
If you're winging it, there's plenty of lodging in the nearby towns, or free camping on BLM land just outside the park.
There are so many great hikes in the park, it's hard to narrow it down to just a few. Cassidy is a favorite though and will give you a good feel for the geological wonder of the park.
If you're up for a second hike, there are plenty to choose from. If it's hot, or if you just want to take it easy, the scenic drives in the park are absolutely awesome.
Check out the visitor center, too. The Park Rangers can help you choose the hikes and attractions that will work best for you.
Capitol Reef Visitor Center
A great place to stop for information about Capitol Reef National Park. Kids can participate in the Junior Ranger program here, too.
Grand Wash is an easy, flat hike that anyone can enjoy. The trail follows the base of the canyon and gets as narrow as 15 feet.
Cassidy Arch Trail
Cassidy Arch Trail at #CapitolReefNationalPark has jaw-dropping views. It's a tougher uphill trek, (3.1 miles) but you can't beat the desert scenery.
Mormon pioneers began to settle in Capitol Reef National Park in the early 1880s. Nestled near the Fremont River, they enjoyed a long farming season and planted a variety of fruit trees.
Hickman Bridge is probably the park's most popular hike. Hickman Bridge is the only natural bridge in Capitol Reef, and it's a fairly short hike.
The drive through Capitol Gorge is amazing. Be sure not to miss this one. At the end of the drive are some easy and popular hikes too, so it's a win all around.
Hickman Bridge Trail
Hickman Bridge Trail Head is a 1.8 mile hike located in Torrey, UT rated moderate.
Capitol Gorge Trail
This hike follows the Capitol Gorge which varies in width from 50' in places to about 15' at its narrowest. A dry creek bed runs down the middle of the gorge.