Golden Throne Trail - Capitol Reef National Park

Hiker enjoys the spectacular vistas on the trail.


From the parking area, the trail leads into the dry wash. Watch for the trailhead on the left. The trail leaves the wash, turns west and follows the cliff above the parking area. The trail goes through a series of long switchbacks and reveals views of the Capitol Gorge Road. On the third switchback, you get your first glimpse of Golden Throne. Watch for the cairns and continue toward Golden Throne. As you approach the rock, the trail swings away from it and gives you a chance to see the entire rock formation. You will reach a sign reading “End of Trail.” Stop and enjoy the views of Golden Throne and the Henry Mountains. Because of steep drop-offs and no guard rails, the trail is not recommended for families with small children. After your visit to Golden Throne, hike over to see the Pioneer Register and Tanks down Capitol Gorge.

Getting there: On Highway 24 in Capitol Reef, take the Visitor Center exit and get weather conditions. Capitol Gorge Road is susceptible to flash flooding, so check conditions before entering. Take the Scenic Drive south and stop at the self-serve fee station. Exit onto the Capitol Gorge Road and drive to the parking area. The trail is posted.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Southern Utah

Destination: Golden Throne

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 2 to 3 hours

Elevation Gain: $5 per vehicle

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: No

GPS Location: 38.2183142, -111.1840563

Difficulty: 3


First published 2007-12-27