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Sunglow Canyon

Sunglow Canyon

Posted in: Nature, Special Places, Travel on May 13, 2023.

A Little Nearby Attraction

We talk a lot about Capitol Reef – the top things to see when you visit, the best trails, how to plan the best vacation, and more – but sometimes we like to highlight a nearby attraction that we think you should check out, in addition to the park. After all, there is so much to see in Southern Utah that you will never run out of places to explore. So here’s one more for your list! It’s a quick detour on your way to Capitol Reef, but we think it’s worth it. It’s Sunglow Canyon!

A red sandstone hill that forms part of Sunglow Canyon

Part of the canyon seen from the highway. Photo by Red River Ranch.

Sunglow Canyon

Sunglow is a box canyon located just a couple of miles outside of Bicknell (which is one of the little towns that you pass through on the way to Capitol Reef.) You can see it marked here on Google Maps. Sunglow Canyon is really the start of the red rock scenery that dominates the landscape as you approach the national park. And it’s a great little place to stop by and walk around!

So What’s There?

The Sunglow Trail for starters! It’s a fun, moderately easy hike of about five miles with red rock cliffs similar to what you can find in Capitol Reef. But unlike the park, you can take dogs on this trail, so it’s perfect for four-legged friends. The is also some fantastic canyoneering and rock climbing available in the canyon. Here is a good introductory guide if you are interested in these more adventurous sports in Sunglow.

Sunglow also has a campground. It’s small, and can’t accomodate larger RVs. But it’s a nice location for tents. It has flush toilets and running water. You can find the details, and reserve some of the spots, here at recreation.gov. There are some juniper and cottonwood trees that provide some shade.

Stop By

That’s it, that’s our pitch! Sunglow Canyon a fun place to see in addition to Capitol Reef. Plus, hardly anyone knows about it, so you might just have to whole place to yourself!

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