Capitol Reef – Cassidy Arch Trail


There are a few ways to get to Cassidy Arch.  We hiked from the Grand Wash Road which is a 3.4 mile round trip with significant elevation gain.  The arch is one of the few that you can actually walk on, so it is almost a must see for the adventurous.  We saw young and old alike on the trail, but hold on to your little ones while near the arch – it’s a long way down.  There is a small recessed area to the side of the arch that is a great place to let the kids play in if they still have energy after the hike up.

Cassidy Arch

The trail is pretty well marked, but when you get near the arch and are just walking on the rock keep an eye on the stacked rocks to guide you.  The views are amazing in this desert oasis, but there isn’t any water or restroom facilities except for at the parking area.

Some even more adventurous people had tied off a rope to the single tree near the hole and were rappelling down into it.  My fourteen year old son now wants to come back for that, but I’m not sure I’m up for it.

Cassidy Arch from a distance

Because we wanted to do the Grand Wash trail as well, we kept going down the wash and organized it beforehand so we had one vehicle at each end (so we didn’t have to backtrack through the canyon).

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