The Scenic Drive : Capitol Reef’s 25-mile round-trip Scenic Drive encompasses not only scenery and all its attendant geology, but also human history, pioneer sites, and even free fruit in season.
Notom–Bullfrog Road : You’ll pass nearly 80 miles of the Waterpocket Fold’s eastern side while traveling along this road, which exposes the fold’s geologic wonders. Distinctive panoramas are your reward, and scenic side canyons beckon hikers.
Chimney Rock Trail : The trail to Chimney Rock starts right on Highway 24, and even if you weren’t meaning to visit Capitol Reef, it’s worth taking a couple of hours to hike it. Panoramic views from the top take in the face of Capitol Reef.
Grand Wash Trail : Hike from the trailhead on Highway 24 into The Narrows, where the canyon walls close in and rise to 200 feet. Grand Wash offers easy hiking, great scenery, and an abundance of wildflowers.
Capitol Gorge : Hike through another wash past Fremont rock art and a Mormon “pioneer register” to a turnoff for a spur trail (leading to natural water tanks called waterpockets). Listen for the lovely song of the canyon wren.