Sharing the 5 best hikes in Capitol Reef National Park that explore the unique geological features and diverse plants.
Capitol Reef is home to stunning views of the Capitol Dome, cliffs of Fruita, Fremont Petroglyphs, and historic orchards. You can camp within the park at the Fruita Campground for a $20 charge per night. Or camp in alternative locations on BLM land and national forests surrounding the park. We camped on the BLM land surrounding the park and woke up to stunning views each morning!
When it comes to hiking in the dessert, always be prepared. Check the weather before you go for a hike; starting early in the morning can lessen the chance of walking into a storm that may occur suddenly, later in the afternoon. And be sure to pack enough water and snacks to provide the energy needed to finish your hike.
Here are five of my favorite hikes within the park:
Sulphur Creek – a 5.9 miles point to point, versatile trail with spectacular views of three different waterfalls
Cassidy Arch – a 3.1 miles out and back, moderately challenging trail featuring a natural arch, slickrock, and canyon views
Navajo Knobs – a 9.1 miles out and back, challenging trail with unbeatable, 360° views of the park
Burro Wash Trail – a 7.6 miles out and back, moderately challenging hike with boulders to scramble over and slot canyons to hike
Headquarters Canyon Route – a 2.6 miles out and back, moderately challenging route with a beautiful drive through the Waterpocket fold to get to the trailhead
Capitol Reef National Park is home to stunning views of cliffs, canyons, domes, and bridges. It is definitely worth the stop! If you have time, I highly recommend visiting either Moab, Bryce Canyon, or Zion – they are all within 2.5 hours from Capitol Reef!