Capitol Reef National Park

Goosenecks Overlook

When Suphur Creek was young, this scene was a low plain. The stream looped leisurely across gently sloping land, overflowing and changing direction with each flood. Imperceptibly, the Waterpocket Fold began its slow, upward warp.

Trapped in its channel, the water ran steeper and sliced a deepening trench through layers of soft rock. Where loops almost meet, "Goosenecks" form—the stream's last course, incised in stone. Now the creek flows 800 feet below the rim.

This is an easy walk of about 600 feet to an interpretive overlook of the Goosenecks of Sulphur Creek. The signed trailhead, approximately 2 miles west of the Visitor Center on Utah Hwy 24, is located 1/2 mile at the end of the dirt spur road.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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