Hiking & Canyoneering | Capitol Reef Country

Hiking and Canyoneering

MOUNTAIN TRAILS
If wondering through pine forests, around alpine lakes and breathing the thin air at ten thousand feet is what you crave then Boulder Mountain will provide many days enjoyment.  Boulder Mountain is a broad, flat topped plateau rising out of the surrounding red rock desert.  The top of the mountain is mostly wide open alpine meadows with a few scattered aspen groves.  Dozens of small lakes dot the top of the mountain including Blind Lake, Posey Lake and Cyclone Lake, just to mention a few.  Brown’s Point and Choke Cherry Point offer splendid views of Capitol Reef and the Henry Mountains to the east. This area is only accessible from late spring to autumn.

RED ROCK PARADISE
Capitol Reef National Park is a day hiker’s paradise.  Most trails are relatively short and well developed offering incredible scenery.  Some trails can be strenuous due to the rugged landscape.  Capitol Gorge is an easy walk along the bottom of a narrow, dry wash with towering walls.  The Golden Throne trail climbs from the canyon bottom to the base of the Golden Throne offering panoramic views.  The Hickman Bridge trail is a short nature walk that leads to a large natural bridge.  Many others trails in the park offer similar experiences.

CANYONEERING MECCA
Both the San Rafael Swell and the Robber’s Roost area offer world class slot canyon hiking and canyoneering.  Little Wild Horse Canyon, just seven miles from Goblin Valley State Park in the southern part of the San Rafael Swell is a classic slot canyon experience for the novice hiker.  This hike is not difficult, yet it is considered one of the best slots in the world.  For the more adventurous soul the Muddy Creek carves its way through the San Rafael Swell offering two to three days of wading down a slow moving stream amid towering walls only a few meters apart.  The Robber’s Roost area is home to a few of the best technical slot canyons on the Colorado Plateau including Maidenwater Canyon, North Fork of Robber’s Roost and Sandthrax Canyon.  These canyons are only for experienced canyoneers with the appropriate equipment and experience.  Fuel, dining and lodging can be found in any of the larger towns including Loa, Torrey, and Hanksville.  Outfitters operate out of the towns of Torrey and Hanksville.

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  • Fremont
    Fremont River Outfitters

    Hc 61 Box 191 , Fremont, UT, 84747

    Phone: 435-836-2135 • Email

    Big game hunts, photography trips, horseback riding, fishing. We tailor our trips to your needs.

     

  • Bicknell
    Fremont River Guides

    PO BOX 186 , Bicknell, Utah, 84715

    Phone: (435) 491-0242 • EmailWebsite

    Experienced fly-fishing guides offering quality fly-fishing excursions on all streams and lakes of the Boulder Mountains, Fremont River drainage, Fishlake Mountain and Thousand Lakes Mountain. Small to large corporate groups for the neophyte or discriminating flyfisher.

     

  • Loa
    The Quiet Fly Fisher Guide Service

    17 East 200 North , Loa, Utah, 84747

    Phone: 435-616-2319 • EmailWebsite

    A small local guide service that covers Boulder, Thousand Lake, Monroe Mountains, Fremont River, Fish Lake and more. Full days, Half days. 2 to 3 hour sneak aways. Lunch provided and all equipment if needed. Experience beautiful quiet fly fishing.

     

  • Torrey
    Backcountry Outfitters

    Jct. of Hwys 12 and 24 , Torrey, Utah, 84775

    Phone: 1-866-747-3973 • EmailWebsite

    1 hour, 2 hour, 1/2 & full day rides in Capitol Reef, Boulder Mountain, & Thousand Lakes Mountain. Over night & custom pack trips offeres spring, summer, and fall. Guided Fly Fishing trips on public or private water including Fremont River & Boulder Mountain lakes. Full & half day packages. Use our equipment or bring your own. Stock up in our Fly shop. (rods, reels, flys, line, accessories). Interpretive 4×4 tours in Capitol Reef National Park, Escalante Grand Staircas, & the Aquarius Plateau of Boulder Mountain. Professional & knowledgable guides introduce you to incredible scenery, wildlife, & archeological sites. We do the driving! Lunch included. Aquarius Plateau wildlife tour offers opportunities to view Elk, Deer, Antelpe, Bald & Golden Eagles, & more, plus scenery. Guided day hikes & custom backpacking trips in all of souther Utah. Complete outfitting service, custom itineraries, & professional guide service.

     

    Capitol Reef Four Wheel Drive Self Guided Tours

    1050 West Highway 24 , Torrey, Utah, 84775

    Phone: 1-800-355-8995 • EmailWebsite

    435-425-3500, 800-355-8995, 1050 West Highway 24, Torrey, UT 84775. Located at Thousand Lakes RV Park. Specializing in self guided tours of Cathedral Valley.

     

    Fremont River Guides & Retail Store

    135 East Main Street , Torrey, Utah, 84775

    Phone: 435-491-0242 • EmailWebsite

    Experienced fly-fishing guides offering quality fly-fishing excursions on all streams and lakes of the Boulder Mountains, Fremont River drainage, Fishlake Mountain and Thousand Lakes Mountain. Small to large corporate groups for the neophyte or discriminating flyfisher. Jeep Tours, ATV tours, and retail store.

     

    Hondoo Rivers & Trails

    90 East Main Street Box 750098, Torrey, Utah, 84775

    Phone: 435-425-3519 • EmailWebsite

    800-332-2696, Vehicle, horseback and hiking tours Daily & multi-day. Capitol Reef NP, Grand Staircase/Escalante NM and beyond. Since 1975. Shuttle services for hikers, bikers and hunters.

     

    Redrock Adventure Guides

    241 East 100 North PO Box 750190, Torrey, UT, 84775

    Phone: 435-425-3339 • EmailWebsite

    Guided hiking, backpacking, canyoneering, photo tours and shuttles in the Capitol Reef area by long-time Backpacker Magazine Field Editor Steve Howe and a select staff of accomplices. We specialize in taking guests on magnificent wilderness routes we’ve uncovered during 20 years of personal exploration. Enroute we can provide informal instruction on history, geology, ecology, orienteering, photography, rope techniques or hiker safety. Easy or aggressive, quiet or informative, it’s your trip and your choice. Check out our website for photos, sample trips, and guest testimonials. “Custom Adventures. Real Wilderness.”

     

    Sundance Adventures

    PO Box 750301 , Torrey, UT, 84775

    Phone: 1.435.691.4297 • EmailWebsite

    “Exploring Back of Beyond in Southern Utah,” we offer guided hikes, vehicle tours, shuttles, group tours, and overnight trips into the spectacular backcountry landscapes here. Experience the best parts of Capitol Reef with knowledgeable guides who are passionate about both the place as well as introducing it to our guests. Join us to discover secret waterfalls, soaring desert vistas, labyrinthine red rock canyons, fascinating ancient petroglyph panels carved into stone. Choose from a specific set of adventures, or we can custom tailor a trip to you specifications. Our guides take pride in their deep love knowledge of the area, and of being able to show you the best spots for incredible views and photos. Delicious lunches included. Capitol Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Aquarius Plateau, and beyond. Visit our website for trip details, photos, guest testimonials, and special deals.

     

  • Hanksville
    Get in The Wild Adventures

    P.O. Box 29 , Hanksville, UT, 84734

    Phone: 1-818-381-9453 • Website

    Based in Hanksville, Utah, Get In the Wild Adventures offers a wide range of wilderness trips and courses in the most rugged, beautiful and awe-inspiring canyons in America. We operate in locations that few other guide services go including the Dirty Devil/Robber’s Roost Wilderness, Fiddler Butte Wilderness, French Springs Wilderness, Goblin Valley/San Rafael Swell and Capitol Reef National Park. From exciting hiking, backpacking, canyoneering and photography tours to family adventure vacations, vehicle basecamp vacations and hard core expeditions We have trips and programs for adventurers of all ages, interests and skill levels. Extraordinary Adventure Vacations in Southern Utah’s Wildest Places!

     

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