No extra equipment is required to
do this hike.
The best time of year to do this hike
is summer and fall.
Be mindful of any ice in winter
months as it will make the trail
difficult and dangerous.
Though this hike is
beautiful anytime, we
recommend you do this hike at
sunrise in the warmer months.
Winter hikers should be
mindful of ice in shaded areas.
One mile east of the last motels on Highway 24 you will
find a turn-out on the north side of the road. Park here
and go about 100 yards to the foothill where the trail
begins. Trail Type
This trail is for hiking only. Distance
This map takes you 2.1 miles, (3.4 km). on the hike,
but you can continue to follow the rim as it winds west.
Elevation at the trailhead is 6431 ft. with a total gain of
836 ft. Difficulty Moderate
Cooks Mesa is a relatively easy trail with some parts
being moderately difficult.
The trail follows the bench along the rim and consists
of mostly rock, gravel, some short sections of sand.
Trail Coordinates / Points of Interest
|Name (Click name below to view map)||GPS||Latitiude||Longitude|
|Cooks Mesa||38.327046||-111.364503 |
Take in the Views
All along the rim you will find views of the
Torrey area, the Boulder Mountains and east
toward Capitol Reef National Park. The best
views will be seen early morning or late
afternoon while the sun is rising and setting.
Get a Closer Look
The trail begins at the base of the foothill
and goes upward to the bench that is below
the red rock formations. As you hike along
the trail you will get up close to the
incredible rock formations that have been
created from years of erosion and change.
Do it at Your Own Pace
This trail is 2.1 miles to the top of the mesa but does continue
around the rim. This is a great place to explore and take in the
views of the valley below.