You'll have fine views of Grand Wash as you climb high up its north wall. The trail then crosses slickrock of the Kayenta Formation to a vista point near the arch, also of Kayenta. Views also take in great domes of Navajo Sandstone. The outlaw Butch Cassidy, who may have once ridden by, inspired the name. This 3.5-mile roundtrip takes about three hours and climbs a stiff 1,150 feet. You can also reach the arch from the campground or Hickman Natural Bridge Trailhead via Cohab Canyon and Frying Pan Trails, about 4.5 miles one way.

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Expert Review of Cassidy Arch Trail

Active and Adventure Review of Cassidy Arch Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
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ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
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Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • According to legend, Butch Cassidy used Grand Wash occasionally as a hideout.
  • If you can arrange a car shuttle, a hike along Cohab Canyon, Frying Pan, and Cassidy Arch Trails offers a wide variety of scenic splendor.
  • Grand Wash is yet another hiking attraction here. From the Cassidy Arch Trailhead you can follow the wash all the way to the Fremont River, cutting as deep as 800 feet into Capitol Reef. It's an easy two-mile hike one way. There's a trailhead 4.7 miles east of the visitor center on the south side of UT 24.

near the end of Grand Wash Road off the Scenic Drive
Capitol Reef National Park, HC 70 Box 15
Torrey, Utah 84775
Parking: always open, weather permitting
Price: $5.00 (Good for 7 days) for the Scenic Drive

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 435-425-3791 x111
Fax: 435-425-3026
Transportation: car
Price Information: $5.00 (Good for 7 days) for the Scenic Drive
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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