On my two-day solo trip to Capitol Reef National Park, I wanted to do easy to moderate hikes. I chose the Grand Wash Trail for my last hike in the park.

The trail through Grand Wash is mostly flat, so it’s an easy hike through a canyon with high walls that provide some shade on the narrow portion of the trail. The trail also connects to the Cassidy’s Ark trail, making a combined hike possible if you have the energy.

You can also combine a hike to the Grand Wash with a morning hike to Hickman Bridge and lunch in Torrey Utah, and have a great day in Capitol Reef.

Now let’s look at the details of the Big Wash Trail hike.

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Payment for Capitol Hill National Park

The admission fee covers the cost of visiting Capitol Reef Park for 7 consecutive days.

Own car: 20

Motorcycle: $15.

Cyclist / pedestrian: 10

If you want to spend the night at Capitol Reef Campground, camping at Fruta Campground costs $20 per night.

The permit is free and can be obtained at the Visitor Center.

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The Grand Wash Trail has high stone walls…

Additionally, if you plan to visit other national parks, or even if you are just visiting all of Utah’s national parks, you should purchase the America the Beautiful Annual Park Pass. The price is $80 and covers admission to ALL U.S. national parks and monuments for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Are you over 62? It costs only $20 for an annual subscription or $80 for a lifetime subscription.

In addition, free tickets are available for military personnel, U.S. citizens or permanent residents with disabilities, volunteers and fourth grade students.

Visit the National Park website for more information on park passes and to purchase a pass online.

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Hikers enjoy a sunny day in Capitol Reef.

Grand Wash Trailhead

I started the hike from Route 24, but you can also start on the other side of the trail at Grand Wash Road.

Starting point for Route 24

The parking lot is located off Highway 24, 4.5 miles east of the Visitor Center on Highway 24.

Scenic Drive / Grand Wash Road trailhead

From the Visitor Center, take the road to the campground and continue on the scenic road. Turn left onto Grand Wash Road and drive 1.3 miles to a small parking area.

Hiking on the Bolshaya Moika Trail should be avoided during the rainy season due to the risk of sudden flooding.

Thunderstorms and heavy rains are most common in July, August and September and usually in the afternoon.

It is not uncommon for some roads in Capitol Reef to be closed after heavy rains. Always check the weather forecast before traveling.

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Grand Wash is one of the easiest hikes in Capitol Reef – little elevation gain.

Grand Laundry Trail Details

Distance: 7.2 km (4.4 miles) there and back

Type of walk: round trip

Altitude gain: 60 m (200 ft)

Difficulty: easy

Duration: approximately 1.5 to 2 hours

Dogs are allowed on the hiking trail: Dogs are not allowed on the hiking trail.

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There is an easy hike near the trailhead on Route 24.

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Although this is a “Black and Back Trail,” you can start the hike from Highway 24 or the scenic Grand Wash Road.

From Route 24, you are closer to the Narrows on the Grand Wash Trail. Alternatively, from Grand Wash Road you will be closer to the Cassidy Arch Trail if you want to do both hikes.

This position is dedicated to hiking off the trails on Route 24.

From the trailhead, the hike takes you over flat terrain through a dry creek bed with high rock walls.

It is an easy walk, but bring water to drink.

After less than a kilometer, you come to a narrow section where the path is only a meter wide. When it’s hot outside, the narrowing is the perfect respite from the sun.

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Shrinking in Grand Wash.

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Hike through the bottle necks of the dry creeks on the Grand Wash trail.

After a narrowing, the trail continues on a very gradual incline and ends at the Grand Wash Road parking lot.

At the end of the Grand Wash Trail, you can also walk to Cassidy’s Ark, named after the bandit Butch Cassidy.

On the way to Capitol Reef, you can see Butch Cassidy’s childhood home on Hwy 89 in Garfield County, Utah.

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The Cassidy’s Ark Trail with an encore of this strenuous hike includes 950 feet of elevation gain over 1.5 miles.

The trail from Grand Wash to Cassidy Arch and back is only 3 miles long, but it is a difficult hike because of the elevation change. The trail climbs to 950 feet in just 1.5 miles.

Because I had to go to Arches National Park, I didn’t take the time to do the Cassidy’s Ark trail. This gives me a good excuse to visit Capitol Reef Park again.

I walked a short distance on the Cassidy Arch Trail to take a photo with the view from the top of the Grand Wash Trail.

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The Cassidy’s Ark Trail offers stunning views of the Grand Wash.

Other National Parks in Utah

Arches National Park has more than 2,000 natural stone arches.

Bryce National Park offers many opportunities for voodoo, hiking and driving.

Canyonlands National Park offers fantastic hiking trails and scenery.

Zion National Park is the most visited national park in Utah.

Other places in Utah

Cedar City is an excellent starting point for exploring southern Utah.

Cedar Breaks National Monument has hudu’s, hiking trails and scenic routes similar to those of Bryce, but they are smaller and less crowded.

Dead Horse Point State Park is near Canyonlands – an easy day trip from Moab.

Hiking in Kanarra Falls Canyon is an excellent alternative to the bottlenecks of Zion.

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Frequently asked questions

How many days do you need in Capitol Hill National Park?

3 days, 2 nights Drive to Capitol Reef and register your accommodation. Take a tour of the park and linger a while at the National Park Visitor Centre to get a feel for the area.

How long is the panoramic drive in Capitol Reef?

Scenic Drive is a 12.7-mile paved road suitable for passenger cars. It is about an hour and a half drive via the Scenic Drive and two dirt roads, Grand Wash and Capitol Gorge.

What is the most dangerous hike in Zion?

Perhaps the most dangerous trail in the park, and one of the most dangerous hikes in any national park in the country, is Angels Landing. Like Lookout Point, this trail is a high point, high above the valley with huge elevation changes all around.

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