Throughout the winter, some of the trails in Capitol Reef are better for hiking than others. Some trails might have snow on the ground in shady places, or might be too cold in the shadows of the canyon walls. So we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have compiled a list of the best winter hikes to do in Capitol Reef this season. We hope you enjoy –
Golden Throne – is a giant monolith located near Capitol Gorge. It has a distinctive golden yellow hue that is unique to the surrounding sandstone formations. This, of course, is the reason for its name. The Golden Throne Trail will lead you to an excellent view at the base of Golden Throne. The route traces the cliff walls and leads you near long drop-offs – so don’t get too close. The views of the Waterpocket Fold will open up around you.
Cassidy Arch – Cassidy Arch is moderately-strenuous trail that leads, as the name might suggest, to a arch on a high plateau. Starting from the trailhead, the first section is a fairly steep incline, climbing about 400 feet in elevation. Once the uphill battle is over, follow the cairns across the mesa until you find your self on top of the arch. Cassidy Arch isn’t the only cool thing you’ll get to see from the top, the whole expanse of Capitol Reef stretches out before you from horizon to horizon.
Fremont Gorge Overlook Trail – While this hike may be strenuous, or at least the final uphill climb is, the view is worth the effort. When you get to the top you will be rewarded with a view unlike anything else in Capitol Reef. The geology of the Fremont Gorge is very different from the usual red and white sandstone formations. It will take your breath away. You’ll also want to bring a camera with you (something we at the Lodge recommend for every hike in Capitol Reef) and maybe a tripod.