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About four miles beyond the junction with UT-12 in Torrey, the highway passes the entrance sign welcoming you to Capitol Reef National Park.
One of the park's beautiful stone signs indicates the Twin Rocks formation. A small pullout is alongside the road to allow a short stop for viewing and photographing.
Chimney Rock Trailhead
A small parking area is just off the road on the left. This is where the Chimney Rock Loop Trail begins (and ends). It is a 3.5 mile hike and is fairly difficult, especially in summer due to lack of shade.
Panorama & Goosenecks Point
A short side road on the right leads to Panorama Point, becomes unpaved, and heads on to Goosenecks Point. The latter is at the end of the short Goosenecks Trail. These two vista points provide some of the best accessible views in the park, particularly the Goosenecks, which is shown to the left.
Capitol Reef Scenic Drive
The visitor center and the beginning of the Capitol Reef Scenic Drive is on the right. The park entrance fee must be paid or a pass shown to enter this area.
Shortly after the road enters the Fruita Historic District is the old Fruita Schoolhouse. The building cannot be entered, but the inside can be seen through the windows.
A parking area is on the left for a good example of petroglyphs. A boardwalk allows you to get a relatively close-up view of these ancient writings.
Hickman Bridge Trailhead
A parking area on the left provides access to both a viewpoint of Capitol Dome and the Hickman Bridge Trail. This moderate hike leads for about a mile to, and under, a natural bridge formation. See the Hiking Page for more information.
Grand Wash Trailhead
A few parking spaces for the Grand Wash Trailhead are on the right. This hike can either begin or end here; the other end of the 2.2 mile long "trail" through the wash is at Grand Wash Road, just off of the Capitol Reef Scenic Drive.
On the right side of the road stands the Behunin Cabin. This tiny dwelling was home to the very large Behunin family in the latter 1800s.
Fremont River Gorge
A parking area on the left side of the road provides access to a unique and beautiful section of the Fremont River. The river cuts down through the stone in wild passages before plunging over a waterfall, and quite a sizeable one given the arid environment. Lower water flows will allow a close inspection of the water's course through the rock, but exercise extreme caution. This rock can be quite slippery even when dry.
The highway exits the park at the eastern boundary.