From the trailhead, turn up this four-mile-roundtrip trail to a viewpoint at the base of Golden Throne, a monolith of Navajo Sandstone capped by a thin layer of red Carmel Formation. A panorama takes in Capitol Reef and beyond. The steady climb ascends 1,100 feet and takes about four hours total.

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Active and Adventure Review of Golden Throne Trail

Away Travel Expert: Bill Weir
ActiveExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Day Hiking
Active and AdventureExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Capitol Gorge is worth a wander. Heading down the canyon from the parking area, you'll pass some poor petroglyphs of the Fremont Culture at 0.1 mile on the left, canyon narrows at 0.3 mile, a pioneer registry on the left at 0.5 mile, and natural water tanks on the left at 0.75 mile.
  • Capitol Gorge can be followed all the down to Notom Road, 3.75 miles one way.

Capitol Gorge at the end of 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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