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Capitol Reef National Park: Stegosaur Loop

This challenging 6.3-mile lasso loop takes an off-trail tour of The Stegosaur, a massive sandstone fin in Capitol Reef National Park.

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Start this hike along the popular Hickman Bridge Trail, which leads east to a switchback climb up sandstone. At the top of the switchbacks, the route follows Rim Overlook Trail-Navajo Knobs Trail to the right, leaving the crowds that turn left to visit Hickman Bridge, a natural rock arch. After .8 mile, the path passes an overlook above Hickman Bridge and continues to wind westward.
At mile 2, peer down 1,000-foot-high cliffs to views of the Waterpocket Fold from the Rim Overlook, and then turn right and hike north. Less that half a mile later, scramble up a gully and navigate cliff bands to reach The Stegosaur—a towering sandstone fin. Soak in views of jaw-dropping canyons from this prime vantage point before retracing your steps to the trailhead.
-Mapped by Steve Howe

To Trailhead

From Main St. and Center St. in Torrey, UT, take UT 24 E for 12.7 miles to Hickman Bridge trailhead parking.

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