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  • Hike: Hickman Natural Bridge Trail
  • Hike: Hickman Natural Bridge Trail
      Prickly pear, Capitol Reef
    by goodfish

This is another fun one for families that climbs to the biggest natural span in the park. A printed guide (50 cents) available near the trailhead corresponds to 17 marked posts for geological, botanical and man-made points of interest along the way. The path climbs steeply at the beginning of this 2.2-mile RT hike but flattens out at the top and follows along past clumps of prickly pear, an ancestral pithouse and granary, and a smaller natural bridge than the one at the end of the trail. Hickman is huge - 133 feet long and 125 feet high - and designated as a natural bridge instead of an arch because of the way it was formed: by flowing water instead of freeze-thaw cycles of erosion. The trail makes a small loop under and around it, and then you just retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

The path is largely exposed with little-to-no shade so is a hot one in the afternoon; bring plenty of water. It is also one of the more popular hikes in the park so expect to have a lot of company. More ambitious hikers can find some solitude by taking a right fork to Rim Overlook (4.5 miles RT) and Navajo Knobs (about 10 miles RT) at the top of the trail's initial ascent. A park pass isn't needed for any of these hikes.

Address: Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey, Utah , Capitol Reef National Park
Directions: The trailhead is on Hwy 24 a couple miles east of the visitor center
Phone: 4354253791
Website: http://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/trailguide.htm

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  • Updated Aug 15, 2016
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