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Cassidy Arch - Capitol Reef National Park

This 3-mile hike takes you to the top of Cassidy Arch, which is situated 500 feet above the road and trailhead below.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Named after the famous Butch Cassidy, Cassidy Arch is located in the central portion of Capitol Reef National Park, specifically just ... more »

Tips:  It looks intimidating, but don't miss the opportunity to walk out on top of the arch.

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Points of Interest

The Grand Wash connects to the Scenic Drive at this point, two miles south of Fruita. Just under 300 yards from the Scenic Drive, there is a parking area that serves as the de facto trailhead to the wash. The arch is actually visible from the road below.

2. Rock House

3. Oyler Mine

Before the atomic bomb and the uranium boom of the Fifties, this claim was first filed in 1904. Here an early prospector started a stone building, and possibly a corral or pen.

In the 1920s pieces of uranium ore from this mine were ground up and mixed in drinking water, or worn in packets in waistbands or on arthritic joints, to "cure" rheumatism... More

4. Parking Area

Cassidy Arch Trail forks out of Grand Wash about three quarters of a mile from the parking area.

The Frying Pan Trail branches off of the Cassidy Arch Trail after 1.1 miles, and heads up toward Cohab Canyon. There are many viewpoints points along the rim of the gorge, accessible from the Cassidy Arch and Frying Pan Trails.

The Cassidy Arch Trail ends above the arch itself, offering great photo opportunities from a higher vantage point. There are no official routes to reach the base of the arch.