Sulphur Creek Route

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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Sulphur Creek Route is a hiking trail in Wayne County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 6,046 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 392 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
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Sulphur Creek Route is a hiking trail in Wayne County, Utah. It is within Capitol Reef National Park. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 6,046 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 392 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Capitol Reef National Park
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 392 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,046 feet
Top Elevation: 6,050 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Sulphur Creek Route
Parks: Capitol Reef National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 5904/6050 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6046/6046 ft
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Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park

Best Easy Day Hikes Capitol Reef National Park

Sulphur Creek is not a marked or maintained trail, but enough people have done the hike that it is quite easy to follow. Besides, it is a slot canyon—where else can you go?

People have been doing the Sulphur Creek hike for years, but its popularity has increased exponentially in the past decade. The hike represents a small taste of canyoneering and is popular with large groups and families. Sulphur Creek is a perennial stream—meaning it has a constant flow of water throughout the year—that enters Capitol Reef National Park from the west. In fact, visitors coming from Torrey on Hwy. 24 drive over the creek.

This is a perfect hike for the hottest days, as it offers immediate relief from the heat. It is not the place to be in if there is a possibility of a flash flood. Check the weather at the visitor center before setting off on this hike.

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50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks

50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks

Don’t let the name fool you—Sulphur Creek is a crystal-clear perennial creek that has none of the brackish, cloudy, or odiferous qualities you might associate with sulfur.

By the end of the hike you’ll be playing and cooling yourself in this refreshing desert creek, a tributary of the Fremont River. Sulphur Creek is one of the most attractive slot canyons in Capitol Reef and a signature hike within a great hiking park.

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May 2018