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On our recent spring break adventure to Capitol Reef National Park, my favorite hike by far was Cassidy Arch Trail. We have an eight-year-old, five-year-old and two-year-old and luckily when we set out to hike Cassidy Arch, I had no idea that the hike was rated as strenuous or I might have changed my mind.
The hike was 3.5 miles round trip, and there was a 1000ft elevation gain over a 1-mile span. My girls did a fair amount of complaining about the steep climb, but the incredible views, the rock formations, the colors and the amazing arch at the end were absolutely worth the climb.
To get there from the Capitol Reef Visitor Center, we drove 3.5 miles southward along Scenic Drive and then turned left on to Grand Wash Road. After a short drive, the road dead-ended into the parking area.
The trail began with a .25 mile hike through a wash. We knew it was time to turn left when we came to a large sign letting us know we had 1.5 miles left to go to get to the arch.
The elevation gain started right after the sign and got intense very quickly. The strenuous part only last for about a mile, so it went pretty quickly. The great part about the climb was that once we reached the top, we felt very accomplished because the views were stunning for the rest of the hike. We also saw the arch across the way which gave us a good idea of where we were headed and how much distance we had left.
Once we got to the slick rock, we followed the cairns all the way to the arch. The arch was so beautiful, and the whole area around the arch was perfect for exploring. The views were stunning on all sides.
Since we went later in the day, we packed a picnic dinner to eat at the arch, and I'm so glad we did. I was such an epic spot for a picnic dinner.
If you are planning to do this hike in the summer beware that there is very little shade in the middle of the day. I would try to go first thing in the morning or later in the day. Make sure to take plenty of water for everyone in your party. As you hike it is important to keep your kiddos close because there are sheer drop-offs along the upper part of the trail.
Plan for the hike to take about 2.5-3.5 hrs with about 30 minutes for rest and play at the arch.
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My name is Arika and I am a local girl with 3 kiddos a camera and a major love for all things outdoors. I am so excited to offer families and couples visiting Zion National Park and Southern Utah a unique way to remember their adventures. I am passionate about capturing those beautiful moments that occur when families explore and enjoy the outdoors. I can't wait to share the beauty and wonder of one of the most stunning parks on the planet with you and your loved ones!