A tour of Capitol Reef’s Grand Wash in Utah

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A tour of Capitol Reef’s Grand Wash in Utah

Extraordinary trip for canyoneers, hikers
Cassidy Arch is at ground level with a circular opening to the chasm beneath. Unlike most named arches, walking across the wide airy bridge is permitted.
On the Frying Pan Trail, walk down a smooth Kayenta sandstone ramp with stunning views of Waterpocket Fold.
A hiker approaches the tiger wall in Grand Wash. It takes thousands of years to streak pure-white Navajo Sandstone with desert varnish
Basalt boulder balls contrast with deep red Wingate Sandstone in Cohab Canyon.
Cassidy Arch is located at the edge of a broad sandstone bench, contiguous with the slickrock.
Hike through the Grand Wash narrows to access the Cassidy Arch Trail. Visit the arch and then take the Frying Pan Trail north. At Cohab Canyon, turn west to return to the campground. The blue-line route to Fruita Overlook is optional.
Travel basics

Travel: Allow 5½ hours to reach Capitol Reef from Durango. The hike requires a brief shuttle from the Fruita Campground to the Grand Wash Trailhead, 4½ miles east of the visitor center on Utah State Route 24.
Entrance Fee: $10 or National Parks Pass
Fruita Campground: The 71 sites are first come, first served, so be there by late morning. The camping fee is $20.
Distance and Elevation Gain: 8 miles; 1,900 feet of climbing. Fruita Overlook adds one mile and 260 vertical feet; flash flood hazard in Grand Wash; carry all the water you will need.
Time: 4 to 6 hours
Difficulty: Trail; navigation easy; no exposure
Maps: Fruita, UT 7.5 USGS Quad, or Hiking Map and Guide: Capitol Reef National Park, both available at the visitor center.

A tour of Capitol Reef’s Grand Wash in Utah

Cassidy Arch is at ground level with a circular opening to the chasm beneath. Unlike most named arches, walking across the wide airy bridge is permitted.
On the Frying Pan Trail, walk down a smooth Kayenta sandstone ramp with stunning views of Waterpocket Fold.
A hiker approaches the tiger wall in Grand Wash. It takes thousands of years to streak pure-white Navajo Sandstone with desert varnish
Basalt boulder balls contrast with deep red Wingate Sandstone in Cohab Canyon.
Cassidy Arch is located at the edge of a broad sandstone bench, contiguous with the slickrock.
Hike through the Grand Wash narrows to access the Cassidy Arch Trail. Visit the arch and then take the Frying Pan Trail north. At Cohab Canyon, turn west to return to the campground. The blue-line route to Fruita Overlook is optional.
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