NileGuide Expert Says:
It's uncrowded, it's cool, it's an excellent example of local geology. And it's fun!
HC 70 Box 15
Capitol Reef National Park, UT 84775
NileGuide Expert tip:
Use two cars for a shuttle. Otherwise you might be hitching or hiking back up the highway to your vehicle.
Feeling adventuresome? Tackle this lovely summertime hike. It'll keep you cool and wet as you splash through the creek itself. It will also test your scrambling skills as you must navigate a few sections that aren't for those seeking a flat trail. Downclimbing is a must if you start from the northern end, which is recommended. Park across Highway 24 at the trailhead for Chimney Rock (well marked, located at mile marker 76.3). Cross the highway toward the west and you will see the small, weathered trail sign for this little-known treasure. Wander west down the wide wash. Eventually you will turn south and your journey will start. This is a very kid doable hike, but make sure the water isn't running too high.
Note: Keep an eye on the weather. This canyon can and has flashed (flash flood) during storms. Don't get caught!