On this 3.5-mile loop trail, you'll have a fine panorama of Capitol Reef and get a close look at local geology. The trail climbs 540 feet to a lofty viewpoint that overlooks Chimney Rock, a spire of dark red Moenkopi Formation capped by a block of the harder Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation. Petrified wood along the trail has weathered from the Chinle Formation—the same rock layer that has been so prolific in Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park.

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Active and Adventure Review of Chimney Rock Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • The trail starts off with steep switchbacks, then the going gets easier.
  • Hiking time is about 2.5 hours.
  • So that future visitors will enjoy seeing petrified wood, rangers are very strict about the "no collecting" rule!

3 miles west of the visitor center on the north side of UT 24
Capitol Reef National Park, HC 70 Box 15
Torrey, Utah 84775
Parking: always open, weather permitting

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-425-3791 x111
Fax: 435-425-3026
Email: care_interpretation@nps.gov
Transportation: car
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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