Summary: Looking along the Strike Valley at the end of this path is like looking down the back of a gigantic rainbow alligator running all the way from Cathedral Valley in the north to Lake Powell in the south. You won't be able to see nearly that far, but be prepared nonetheless to be awestruck.
The layout of this short trail is a fine introduction to the ettiquette of desert hiking. Observe how the trail proceeds over slickrock and up stream courses, avoiding the fragile terrain where the cryptobiotic crust and other delicate desert species wrestle against the elements and your big fat foot to survive. Follow the trail signs carefully.
You can add five miles and two hours by starting out from the 2 Wheel Drive Parking Lot. See Saddle Arch for a possible extension.
Trailhead: The Capitol Reef Visitor Center is located on Utah 24 between Torrey and Hanksville, Utah.
FROM THE VISITOR CENTER: Proceed east on Utah 24, towards Hanksville. At about eight and a half miles, turn right on the Notom-Bullfrog Road. Twenty eight and a half miles south on this well-washboarded road, turn right on Burr Trail. Proceed west on Burr Trail for three miles to a road heading to the right (northeast).
FROM BRYCE CANYON/ESCALANTE: Proceed north on Utah 12 to Burr Trail in Boulder. Turn right on Burr Trail. The road is paved for 28 miles to the Capitol Reef NP boundary. Two miles into the park, look for a road heading to the left (northeast).
The first mile of this road is passable for 2 WD. Four wheel drive vehicles may drive an additional 2 1/3 mile to a parking area where the trailhead starts. All visitors should sign in at the trail register at the first parking lot. The walk to the trailhead from the 1st lot is easy. (Lat:37.88123 Lon:-111.04579)
Trail Guides for Strike Valley Overlook, Capitol Reef NP:
Utahs National Parks
by Adkison (Wilderness Press)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring,
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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