Rim Overlook Trail

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Elevation Gain1,073ft
Trailhead Elevation5,455ft
Elevation Min/Max5455/6379ft
Elevation Start/End5455/5455ft

Rim Overlook Trail

Rim Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Wayne County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 5,455 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,073 feet. The Nels Johnson Bridge attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the Hickman Bridge Overlook and Rim Overlook viewpoints. This trail connects with the following: Hickman Bridge Trail and Navajo Knobs Trail.

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50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Greg Witt
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"Using the same riverside trailhead as the Hickman Bridge Trail, you’ll depart the shade and riparian vegetation to a cairn-marked slickrock route. The path leads to a spectacular overlook above sheer cliffs looking down into Fruita, Sulphur Creek, and the Fremont River Valley. The Rim Overlook is the halfway stop on the longer Navajo Knobs Trail. And because it shares the same route of the Hickman Bridge Trail for the first 0.3 mile, it should be familiar territory for regular Capitol Reef hikers."
Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park (Falcon Guides)
Brett Prettyman
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"Visitors looking for a little longer day hike from the Hickman Bridge Trailhead often head out for the Rim Overlook hike and throw in a side trip to the bridge for good measure. This side jaunt adds 1.6 miles to the Rim Overlook hike. People without time to make the side trip will get a chance to see Hickman Bridge while on the Rim Overlook Trail. The trail climbs out of a wash and up switchbacks to a ridge. About five minutes later, a sign will appear indicating the way to the Hickman Bridge Overlook. As is the case with a first glimpse on the Hickman Bridge Trail, it can be hard to spot the natural bridge at first because it blends in with the surroundings. Hickman will, however, eventually reveal itself. Standing to the left of the sign seems to be the best vantage point."

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Trail Information

Capitol Reef National Park
Nearby City
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park, HC 70, Box 15, Torrey, Utah, 84775; www.nps.gov/care
Local Contacts
Park map and brochure available at the visitor center
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