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    Navajo Knobs

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    14.6 km
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    652 m
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    Navajo Knobs

    The Navajo Knobs Trail is a challenging hike that earns you incredible views of Capitol Reef National Park. This hike is a steep climb that will get your muscles burning but we promise that the hard work is worth it. From the top, you will get a 360-degree panoramic view of the Utah landscape reaching out in all directions to kiss the desert horizon.

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    Route Description for Navajo Knobs

    The Navajo Knobs Trail is a fantastic challenge for experienced hikers. This trail is a steep and steady ascent to an incredible viewpoint. Hikers should be prepared with proper footwear, an extra layer to throw on at the top, and a whole lot of stamina. We recommend bringing hiking poles on this trail to aid in the ascent and save your knees some strain on the descent. As always, bring more than enough water with you on this trail and pocket some snacks to enjoy at the top. Don’t forget to pack the camera, the views along and atop this trail are absolutely breathtaking.

    From the trailhead, follow the well-marked path northwest to a divide. Take a right at the divide and follow the path as it climbs steadily up to the top.

    Once you’ve reached the peak, take a well deserved rest and soak in the incredible views of the desert landscape below. When you’ve had your fill, turn around and follow the same trail back down to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Navajo Knobs Trailhead

    This trail begins at the Hickman Bridge Trailhead, 3.2 km east of the Capitol Reef Visitors Center on highway 24.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do

      May to November

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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