Cohab Canyon Trail

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Elevation Gain1,394ft
Trailhead Elevation5,358ft
Elevation Min/Max5358/5863ft
Elevation Start/End5358/5358ft

Cohab Canyon Trail

Cohab Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Wayne County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 5,358 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,394 feet. Near the trailhead there are a telephone, a sanitary dump station, and an orchard. Along the trail there are restrooms and parking. This trail connects with the following: Frying Pan Trail and Fruita Overlook Trail.

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"This has become a traditional first hike of the trip for my family when we are staying in the Fruita Campground. It is a good one for kids if you can get them past the first steep portion. Stop and let them rest in the first ¼ mile. As you turn around, take great pictures of the barn, homestead, and campground from the higher ground. We enjoy stopping at the top where the canyon starts and waving back to family or friends who stayed behind to make dinner and set up camp.

Once in the canyon, children and adults alike quickly become smitten with narrow slots to sneak into and the crazy “hole canyon” formations—sometimes called honeycombs. Many a picture has been taken with kids peering through red rock holes in Cohab Canyon. Kids on our hikes enjoy sitting down on the trail in the sandy areas and just running the fine red sand through their toes and fingers."

"Capitol Reef is full of great nooks and crannies. The park’s centerpiece, the Waterpocket Fold, is nothing more than a crinkle in the earth’s crust that results in hundreds of natural-made hiding places in the form of slot canyons, arches, natural bridges, and fins.

Before Butch Cassidy made his hideout here, Mormon polygamists, known as cohabitants (“cohabs” for short), found refuge in some of these canyons in the 1880s when polygamists were pursued as felons by US marshals. Cohab Canyon would have been a perfect shelter given its proximity to Fruita, its barely noticeable entrance, and its shady, hospitable setting."

"This stunning combination of three trails offers a trip right into the sandstone heart of Capitol Reef National Park. There are two choices of starting point for Cohab Canyon: a trailhead on State Route 24 or the one on the Scenic Drive, just by the campground.

This route starts from the Scenic Drive trailhead for less driving time, and the stroll down the canyon itself is more breathtaking from its western end."

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Capitol Reef National Park
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Sep 2018