"Sulphur Creek hike" Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do Tip by Segolily
Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do: 103 reviews and 240 photos
Sulphur Creek winds right past the Visitor's Center and yet it so little known that even after years of visiting the park I had not heard of it. When I did hear about the hike I knew it was one I wanted to take but it took several more years before the opportunity came. It was worth the wait and effort.
I call it Zion Narrows Lite. It is a small canyon formed by the small Sulphur Creek. When we hiked it was barely ankle deep in most places. At the deepest spot the canyon walls are 800 ft above the creek. You can see this point from the Goosenecks overlook off the main road. But the creek has hidden treasures that make it a fun, enjoyable and entertaining hike.
It is a 6 mile one way hike, and I recommend starting at the Chimney Rock parking lot and walking downstream to the Visitor's Center. A ranger hike will take you from the visitors center to the first waterfall, where you can continue on alone, but going up those waterfalls is a little harder. Either way a shuttle car must be used, or if you don't have that then hitchhike.
There are three major waterfalls which must be negotiated along the way. They require some scrambling but are not too difficult and help to keep you cool on a hot summer day. There is a short narrows section and some fun rocky areas. Bring a lunch, eat in the cool of the cottonwood trees and treasure this wonderful waterway in a desert area.
Directions: Trailhead is either directly behind the visitor's center, or at the other end it is across the road from the Chimney Rock trailhead. From there follow the wash about a mile to Sulphur Creek then follow the stream.
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