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This trail leads four miles from the end of Capitol Gorge Road to Notom-Bullfrog Road. The route is rarely used and not maintained beyond The Tanks.

The trail through Capitol Gorge follows an abandoned state road used well into the Twentieth Century. The track leads eastward through Capitol Reef passing a few interesting cultural and natural features. The well-used portion of this route ends at The Tanks, one mile from the trailhead.

This track begins from the end of Capitol Gorge Road, which extends approximately one and a half from the southern end of Scenic Drive. Shortly after leaving the trailhead the path splits with the trail to the Golden Throne leading to the left. The trail to The Tanks leads to the right following Capitol Gorge and passing native rock art, navigating narrows, meandering by evidence of Mormon pioneers then reaching The Tanks. The terrain is easy and mostly level walking along a narrow wash bottom. From the trailhead it is one mile to The Tanks, a natural waterpocket formation. Beyond this point the trail continues, although less trodden for three more miles to Notom-Bullfrog Road.

Directions: From Capitol Reef Visitor Center, Drive southward on Scenic Drive to road's end. Bear left and follow Capitol Gorge Road less than 2 miles to the trailhead.

Elevation: 5,840 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,900 feet

Usage: Heavy

Difficulty: Easy

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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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