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Hickman Bridge – Capitol Reef National Park
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Overview
Location

Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Sights

Hickman Bridge

Distance

About 2 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

5319 ft

Summit Elevation

5649 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

330 ft

Time Required

About 1 1/2 hours to complete

Pets

Not allowed

Fees

No entrance fees! Free!

Water Info

Bring 1-2 liters of water

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

Open year round

Trail Condition

Good maintained dirt trail with some cairns

Restrooms

Yes. Pit-style. Located at parking lot

Visitor Center

Yes. At entrance to the national park

Camping

Yes. At Fruita Campground

Food

Bring some snacks.

Equipment

Good hiking shoes, hat, sunglasses, light jacket.

GPS Coordinates:

Hickman Bridge: 38.29146, -111.23434

Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

Hickman Bridge

Hickman Bridge Trail is very well maintained all the way to the bridge itself.  You won’t gain too much in elevation and the whole thing could easily be done in less than an hour.

Hickman Bridge

Looks like a shoe

Looks like a shoe

Hickman Bridge

The first part of the trail stays near Fremont River but then suddenly changes directions and goes up a hundred feet or so in elevation and then you will come to a sign and a fork in the trail.  Stay left to go to Hickman Bridge. The right trail is the Rim Trail which is also a great hike!

Hickman Bridge

After this sign, the trail will lead you into a small ravine.  Follow the cairns until you come to another sign which tells you about the loop trail that goes under Hickman Bridge.

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You can see Hickman Bridge in the background

You can see Hickman Bridge in the background

Hickman Bridge

When I saw this sign, I turned left and came around the backside of the bridge first.  It really doesn’t matter which way you choose though.

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Hickman Bridge is quite an impressive feature!  It is a large sturdy bridge which is about 133 feet wide and 125 feet tall.  The trail goes right under this and then continues down the canyon to meet up back at that sign post.

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The Return:

Head back the same way you came up – just keep following the cairns.

Personal Thoughts:

This is one of the most popular hikes in Capitol Reef National Park and I really enjoyed it!  I always love discovering arches and bridges and seeing this big one in person is really cool!  If you plan on coming to Capitol Reef, make sure you have time to do this hike.

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Jeff Johnson
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