"Hiking In Capitol Reef" Capitol Reef National Park Sports & Outdoors Tip by KimberlyAnn

  Upper Cathedral Valley
by KimberlyAnn

There are a number of day hiking trails with trailheads located along Utah Highway 24 and the Scenic Drive. These trails vary from easy strolls along smooth paths over level ground to strenuous hikes involving steep climbs over uneven terrain near cliff edges. You can hike into narrow gorges, to the top of high cliffs, to a natural stone arch, or to historical areas. These trails range from 1/4 mile to 10 miles in length. All trails are marked with signs and/or cairns, which are stacks of rocks.

For the serious back packer there are a number of trails for exploring the remote areas. Some of these hikes are found in the southern section of the park and in the Cathedral Valley area. If you are planning to an overnight hike, be aware that you must obtain a free backcountry permit at the visitor center before leaving on your trip.

You may pick up a free guide for hiking trails at the visitor center.

Equipment: Good hiking shoes, and carry lots of water.

Theme: Hiking

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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