Capitol Reef National Park: Sulphur Creek Goosenecks - Backpacker

Capitol Reef National Park: Sulphur Creek Goosenecks

Scramble through a beautiful (and overlooked) 5.4-mile slot canyon filled with pools and waterfalls. Expect wet feet and maybe some swimming.
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  • Distance: 8.8



Location: 38.315449, -111.304001

Follow gully S; turn L into main wash 200 yards from trailhead


Location: 38.307896, -111.304626

Side canyon enters from L. Stay in main wash


Location: 38.304501, -111.302917

Easy scramble down over pouroff; go straight or detour around to L


Location: 38.304352, -111.303413

Follow faint trail leaving wash on L; cross sage brush bench, pass sign


Location: 38.303139, -111.30275

Cross Sulphur Creek; keep on faint trail or stay in streambed


Location: 38.297634, -111.298279

Look up, L to canyon rim. Note guardrail around Goosenecks Overlook


Location: 38.294933, -111.2939

Narrows begin @ huge cottonwood log jammed above waterfall. Scramble R around falls. Continue through rugged narrows. Short swims may be required


Location: 38.294716, -111.292

2nd large waterfall looks impassable; climb R to find keyhole behind boulder. Scramble down carefully. Narrows continue on and off for nearly 2 mi.


Location: 38.290501, -111.271935

Third waterfall. Note fossil patterns in slickrock. Cross L at brink of falls and scramble across ledges before dropping. Pool at base of falls can be big, or nonexistent


Location: 38.291401, -111.261887

Nearing visitor center, stay L in streambed until bridge is visible. Follow trail L around buildings toward flagpole. Shuttle 2.9 mi. on UT 24 back to trailhead

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