Capitol Reef National Park: Meeks Mesa

This 8-mile out-and-back follows old cattle trails to mesa views and isolated campsites just outside Capitol Reef.
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This 8-mile out-and-back follows old cattle trails to mesa views and isolated campsites just outside Capitol Reef.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.8

Waypoints

MMT001

Location: 38.3276748657227, -111.365196228027

Faint trail climbs up ridge through gray bands to intermediate rim

MMT002

Location: 38.3300933837891, -111.363456726074

Trail blasted through cliff band; turn L on Cooks Mesa rim

MMT003

Location: 38.3369674682617, -111.373649597168

Petrified wood; good rim views to W

MMT004

Location: 38.3452224731445, -111.372413635254

Cross shallow wash; climb rocky ridge to cliff. Follow cliff base to R and ascend large gully

MMT005

Location: 38.3438034057617, -111.370506286621

Switchback @ old fence; climb steps

MMT006

Location: 38.3428840637207, -111.369049072266

Grand mesa views; optional camp 100 yds. S

MMT007

Location: 38.3477668762207, -111.364562988281

Canyon views to NE; head to northern fork of canyon

MMT008

Location: 38.3517990112305, -111.362586975098

Slickrock potholes are only possible water sources on route

MMT009

Location: 38.351921081543, -111.358619689941

Park boundary; permit required to camp inside park

MMT010

Location: 38.351749420166, -111.357780456543

Narrow bench swings around point above canyon wall

MMT011

Location: 38.3516502380371, -111.353660583496

Excellent camping on flat stone outcrops and good views down slot canyon below