Hickman Natural Bridge is a natural bridge located in Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, United States. It is 125 feet tall and 133 feet across and with easy access to be able to walk under it or through it for a better experience.

Trail

The 2 mile round trip trail has a bit of ascent (500 feet) that includes rock steps in places. Younger kids will probably enjoy this hike as here are a lot of things to climb on or explore – the rocks in Capitol Reef often feature interested eroded voids in the rock that will be fun to climb around in. While fairly well known, we were able to make the trip and mostly have the arch to ourselves while visiting in early June. Odds are you’ll have a few others on the trail with you in the busy summer season, however, but nothing like you will encounter at the more popular arches near Moab or at Arches National Park.

Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Along Hickman Natural Bridge trail

Along the way, there are quite a few things to observe – the trail brochure denotes 17 of them. Foremost among them is an Indian granary and a cute little pair of natural bridges called Nels Johnson Bridges.

Be a Careful Adventurer

It will be very hot in the summer months – please take some water along. Also, be aware that the entire southwest United States, including this trail, is habitat for poisonous rattlesnakes. Do not thrust your hands or your children into dark pockets of rock or on shady sides of rocks without checking for snakes first. Make your approach known with a little noise and the snakes, if there, will scurry along as they don’t want to encounter you any more than you them.

Directions

The trail starts at a parking area along highway 24 two miles east of the Capitol Reef National Park visitor center. The park itself is fairly remote in south-central Utah in canyon country and it will probably be encountered as part of a multi national park road trip that includes Arches National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. Also often included in a road trip is nearby Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon. The nearest lodging is in the small town of Torrey, Utah.

To learn more, read my page on Capitol Reef National Park.

Read about all the arches and natural bridges I have visited here.

Utah has a ton of fun things to do. Check out a few of them here.

Here are a few high resolution pictures of the trail and bridge:

Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Hickman Natural Bridge trail steps
Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Hickman Natural Bridge trail
Nels Johnson Natural Bridges, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Nels Johnson Natural Bridges

Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Hickman Natural Bridge trail, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Hickman Natural Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Hickman Natural Bridge from the far side
Hickman Natural Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Hickman Natural Bridge
Hickman Natural Bridge, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
Hickman Natural Bridge

 

 

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