The Grand Circle, Capitol Reef

Hickman Natural Bridge

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Hickman Natural Bridge is a popular hiking destination in Capitol Reef National Park, known for its stunning geological features and scenic beauty. The trail to Hickman Natural Bridge is a moderate 2-mile long. The hike starts from a parking area along Scenic Drive and follows the canyon bottom upstream.

The natural bridge itself is an impressive sight, stretching 133 feet across a narrow canyon and rising 125 feet above the floor. It was formed by erosion over thousands of years, as water gradually wore away the sandstone walls of the canyon. You can walk under the bridge and explore the alcoves and archways on either side.

We recommend visiting Hickman Natural Bridge in the morning or late afternoon when the sun is low in the sky and the colors of the rock formations are at their most vibrant.