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Fremont River Trail – Capitol Reef

The Fremont River Trail is about 1.2 miles in length. The first one-half mile of the trail is an easy, level walk along the river. The last portion of the trail is a moderately strenuous climb to an overlook 770 feet above the valley floor.

This trail gives excellent views of the Fremont River and Fruita. From the viewpoint on the top of Miner’s Mountain you have sweeping vistas of the main Capitol Reef.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = moderate

Distance: 2.4 miles – easy
Elevation gain: 770 feet – moderate
Terrain: Wide hard packed trail with some boulders – moderate
Exposure: The trail travels along the edge of a steep drop-off – moderate

To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

If travelling from the west, take highway 24 from Torrey to the Capitol Reef National Park Entrance, a distance of 10.7 miles.

If travelling from the east take highway 24 from Caineville to the National Park, a distance of 19 miles.

From the Park entrance drive 1.3 miles to the Fruita Campground to access the trail which leaves from there.


Directions to Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park

Fremont River Trailhead in Fruita Campground


For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to Fremont Trail

The Trail

The trail leaves from near the amphitheater in the campground.

It follows the Fremont River in a westerly direction along the flat valley floor for about ½ mile.

After passing through a fence opening the trail ascends the steep cliffs of the Moenkopi wall. The trail then levels off and turns sharply left around the backside of the cliff. After ascending a series of switchbacks the trail ends on the peak of Miner’s Mountain.

The total elevation gain is 770 feet and a total distance of about 1.2 miles one way to the top. The return is back down the same trail.

These are some of the pictures that we took.