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The Hickman Bridge Trail

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Address: Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

A two-mile hike roundtrip leading to an arch.

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Beautiful box canyon hike with impressive arch at the end

In February Capitol Reef National Park is nearly deserted. The weather was perfect for hiking and the clear blue sky a wonderful contrast to the yellows, pinks, and reds of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Etters, Pennsylvania
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Etters, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In February Capitol Reef National Park is nearly deserted. The weather was perfect for hiking and the clear blue sky a wonderful contrast to the yellows, pinks, and reds of the rock all around us. The HIckman Bridge trail follows Sulphur Creek for a short distance before ascending a few switchbacks through a sage meadow, then descends into the cool... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great hike! Amazing views. If you get a chance, go down to the right, by the water, and look up! Very scenic!

Thank Dale987
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This arch rivals those in nearby Arches National Park. We only passed a few other people on the trail, and greatly enjoyed sitting beneath the arch and resting and taking in the beauty. Would highly recommend this to anyone in the area.

Thank michaeljamiejohnston
Wiesbaden, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

An at the beginning middle streniuos uphill hike will lead you to the very impressive Hickman Bridge. It's one of the best hikes in the Capitol Reef National Park and if you have 1 - 2 hours to spare - do it!! It's a great photographing/filming location. If you travel with a car you have to be early at the... More 

Thank Outlaw2013
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

The Hickman Bridge Trail is a nice two mile hike, but I wouldn't call it a "must do". I've been to a large number of national parks and this trail is a bit on the ordinary side. It does take you to a nice view of the Hickman bridge, but other than that it isn't anything special. I guess I'll... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016

There's a modest parking lot that starts as the trailhead for this trail east of the Visitor Center on Route 24. There are a few pit toilets here as well. The trail itself is for the most part an out-and-back trail, with a loop around the bridge area. From the parking lot to the bridge is approximately one mile. The... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

You start this lovely walk along a gushing river, with the Capitol Dome in the distance. A moderate walk of a couple of miles, you wind up through fields of black volcanic rock. The trail is well maintained and easy to hike. When you get to the arch that is Hickman's bridge, you can walk under and around it to... More 

Thank Claire M
Fremont, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

The Hickman Bridge Trail is probably the most popular hike in Capitol Reef. It's rated moderate due to a 400+ feet elevation change, but is well worth the effort. We visited in mid November and the weather was excellent - very mild. Capitol Reef is probably the least visited of the UT national parks and in November you essentially have... More 

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United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

More beautiful views from this trail. It's a moderate level and, in November, still pretty busy. It's a relaxing and serene trail nonetheless.

Thank AAHolt
Beaverton, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

I combined a bunch of hikes to make a big loop and Hickman Bridge was just a short spur for me and it was fabulous.

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