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Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park
by Brett Prettyman (Falcon Guides)
Hickman Bridge is the must-see formation at Capitol Reef National Park. Naturally, this is one of the most popular hikes in the park. The natural land bridge is 133 feet long and 125 feet off the ground at the highest point. It was named after Utah Legislator Joseph S. Hickman, who worked to have the area created as a national monument.
50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks
by Greg Witt (Wilderness Press)
The Hickman Bridge Trail is the most popular hike in the park, but don’t let that keep you from enjoying its wonders. In off-the-beaten-path Capitol Reef, it’s possible that you could be alone much of the way.
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day (Rincon Publishing)
This hike is actually three hikes in one: Hickman Natural Bridge, the Rim Overlook, and the Navajo Knobs. Most people go only as far as the Hickman Natural Bridge, which is just 0.9 miles from the trailhead. This short hike has a great deal to offer. Not only will you see the natural bridge itself, but there is also a small Fremont Indian granary near the trail. Be sure to purchase a trail guide from the box near the trailhead before you start. If you are looking for a longer hike you can continue on from Hickman Bridge to the Navajo Knobs for a total round trip distance of 11.0 miles. This extended hike gives you the opportunity to climb to the top of the Waterpocket Fold and enjoy the panorama below the south side of the uplift.
100 Classic Hikes Utah
by Julie K. Trevelyan (The Mountaineers Books)
While short, the Hickman Bridge Trail provides classic examples of Capitol Reef geology and ancient Native American history. The natural bridge is actually quite spectacular and offers fantastic vantages for photos or simply taking in its beauty.
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