Capitol Reef Kid Hikes

We love to visit Capitol Reef National Park. There is so much to explore and we think this park is underrated in Utah. We also did all the family-friendly hikes for you! This post has a list of all the Capitol Reef Kid hikes we recommend for families. For further details on a certain hike, visit that specific post by clicking the name at the top. We provide as many details as we can, so you can decide which hikes are right for your family. If you want some ideas on what to do in Capitol Reef other than hiking, check out our Capitol Reef National Park family guide.

    Hickman Bridge

    This is the most popular hike in the park. It is a little more on the moderate side as it has a pretty good climb, but most families could make this hike. The trail leads to a natural bridge that spans 113 feet and you can walk right underneath. It is definitely worth the hike.

    Cassidy Arch

    The arch is absolutely beautiful, but the hike is the toughest one we did in Capitol Reef. It also has some steep drop-offs that would be scary with young children. But you can walk right onto of Cassidy Arch, which is a special opportunity. Click the link for pictures and to see if it is right for you.

    Pioneer Register

    Flat, easy, and short are the best words to describe this hike. No matter your skill level you should be able to make this hike to see petroglyphs and pioneer names scratched into the canyon walls. For an extension, you can add a short climb up to the Tanks!

    Grand Wash

    The Grand Wash trail is flat and easy, but it is a little longer. At 2.0 miles each way, we like this hike because you can go as far as you like and turn around. We prefer to walk 1.5 miles from Highway 24 through the narrows and then back. There are two trailheads, one by Cassidy Arch and one off Highway 24. The Grand Wash trail can be done as a shuttle if you have two cars. This trail leads through some nice narrow canyons and is the shadiest hike in the park.

    Sunset Point

    The redrocks seem to glow around sunset (or late afternoon) on this hike. The Sunset Trail is relatively flat and runs only about three-quarters of a mile roundtrip.


    If you hike the Sunset Trail, make sure to walk the Goosenecks overlook, too. It’s only a few hundred yards, but you can look down on the Sulphur Creek that winds below.

    Chimney Rock Loop Trail

    This is the newest hike we have tried in Capitol Reef and it has a bit of a climb at the beginning, but the views are amazing. And the rest of the trail is worth the climb as you enjoy the steep cliffs and walls, and the colors of Capitol Reef.

    Sulphur Creek

    Sulphur Creek was amazing in the Fall.

    We saved the best for last. This is our favorite hike in Capitol Reef. The trail begins behind the Visitor Center where you walk next to and often through the creek to a small waterfall. It is a great kid hike, but your shoes will definitely be wet.

    We can’t wait to head back to Capitol Reef and find more kid hikes for our family. We love hiking in the National Parks. Just search any National Park on our search bar and if we’ve been there, you’ll find our hike roundup of hikes just right for your kids.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

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