Capitol Reef National Park

Cassidy Arch

According to legend, Butch Cassidy (Robert L. Parker), an outlaw, train robber, and member of the Hole-in-the-Wall gang, had a hideout in Grand Wash. This arch is named for the legendary Western figure.

The hike begins at the Grand Wash trailhead, at the end of the Grand Wash spur road. Walk down Grand Wash for approximately 200 yards. On your left, just above the wash, you will see a sign, marking the beginning of the Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan trails. The first 3/4 of a mile is a strenuous climb out of Grand Wash with the Wingate Sandstone walls always to your right. You will eventually level off on top of the Kayenta Sandstone with the Navajo domes looming above. Soon you will come to a signed junction. If you continue forward, you will be on the Frying Pan Trail. You, however, will take the trail on the left. The final half mile climbs to a remarkable candystriped Kayenta Sandstone bowl. At the end of the cairned slickrock trail, you will look down on Cassidy Arch. Be careful and stay away from the edge.

Trailhead: At the end of the Grand Wash Spur Road off of the Scenic Drive.

Distance: 1 3/4 miles one-way, 3.5 miles total round-trip.

Note: If you are hiking in the summer, take water with you and wear a hat.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 26 May 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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