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Goosenecks & Sunset Point, Capitol Reef NP

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Goosenecks, vistas of the Capitol Reef, excellent sunsets
Near:Torrey, UT
Distance:0.8 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:60 ft
Hike Time:0.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: Arrive in the last two hours before sunset on any evening and you will see photographers setting out their soul-catchers for a popular view in the park. Like mites or spiders, their tripods dot the landscape. Just look around them and enjoy the scenery.

You've come for one thing: to watch the sunset. Though the trails are short, they do present hazards: a lack of shade during the day time, dangerous dropoffs at the points, and no water at the parking lot.

Stick to the trails when you are crossing dirt so that you do not damage the cryptobiotic crust (which is literally living soil filled with bacteria that have taken thousands of years to build their inches tall towers -- one footstep in the wrong place and you've crunched Manhattan). You may walk on solid rock here, but watch for the ledges! It's a four hundred foot near vertical fall to Sulphur Creek!

Time your visit right so that you see the whole show. The view under the full moon is stunning.

Trailhead: The Capitol Reef Visitor Center is located between Torrey and Hanksville, Utah, on Utah 24.

From the Visitor Center, proceed west on Utah 24) towards Torrey. At the Panorama Point turnout, make a left. Cross the paved parking lot and look for the dirt road on your left (hidden from Utah 24 by a knoll). Proceed approximately one mile on the dirt road to the Goosenecks/Sunset Point Parking Area.

The Goosenecks Trail begins directly at the end of the parking lot. The Sunset Point Trail is unmarked, but located next to the trashcans to your left as you go in. Make sure that you have found the trail before proceeding.

There are precipices all around the south end of this region. Keep a hold on small children and watch your step. The Goosenecks Overlook is hidden behind some rocks and is fenced off to prevent accidental falls. (Lat:38.299 Lon:-111.2981)

Trail Guides for Goosenecks & Sunset Point, Capitol Reef NP:
Utahs National Parks
by Adkison (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Capitol Reef National Park, (435) 425-3791
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joel Sax, who has posted  51 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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