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Hickman Bridge, Capitol Reef

Two miles east of the Capitol Reef visitor center, the trailhead to Hickman Bridge offers hikers an easy, spectacularly scenic trek up to a large natural arch.

The Hickman Bridge 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 400 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 = easy

Distance: 2.4 miles – easy
Elevation gain: ~400 feet – easy
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.

Hickman Bridge is 2 miles east of the Park entrance on highway 24.

Directions to Hickman Bridge

Directions to Hickman Bridge

The Trail

The trail follows a well marked path, rising about 400 feet to the arch.

The return is back down the same trail.

These are some of the pictures that we took on September 15, 2009.
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