Hickman Bridge Trail | Capitol Reef National Park

Hickman Bridge Trail | Capitol Reef National Park

I love seeing arches and natural bridges! At least for me, I feel awestruck at seeing such land features. It’s so crazy that mother nature put such a thing here! It’s a pretty scenic trail too. I have seen reviewers refer it as “relaxing”, but maybe not so much when you have a set of toddlers, and you get a later start in the day, and it’s hot.

This is a trail that is 2 miles round trip. The trail head isn’t too far away from the visitor’s center. Although one of my twins did have some serious struggles, my 4-year-old and my other 3-year-old twin did pretty good.

We saw people of all ability types on the trail and I would recommend this for most families who do not see any problems with hiking 2 miles. :)

The park labels this trail as “moderate” and I would have to say I feel like that’s a pretty accurate way to describe it. It is not easy, but is moderate. The hike took us about 3 hours. We started at 10:30 and I got back to the car at about 1:30. We stopped at the bridge for about 30 minutes to have lunch and we waded in the river for a little bit too.

Directions and Specs of the Trail

Using the map at the visitor’s center made it pretty easy to find this trail.

The Fremont River flows right next to the trailhead so after we were done we waded in the river a little bit. It was about 80 degrees outside and this felt pretty good for everyone to step in. My kids splashed and got into the river too.

The beginning of the trail is a little steep but then levels off with hills here and there. The beginning of the trail I believe is the hardest part about this hike. I liked that about the trail because we started the trail while everyone’s legs were still strong and then when we were done and everyone’s legs were we could walk down the hill and then play in the river.

Right before you get to the bridge you hit a sign that gives you directions for the loop. Basically you walk to the bridge and instead of turning around, going back the way you came, you go under the bridge and up, to loop around.

The park is probably trying to make easier for large crowds to come and go without running on top of each other.

Overall this was a scenic hike and I felt it was worth it for everyone.

THANKS RHIANNON!

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