Special Places – Brimhall Bridges

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of spectacular beauty; it has so many areas of special, natural wonder. Unfortunately, very few people get to visit these special places. In an effort to make these hidden treasures known to the public, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have created this blog series to highlight the best-unknown places of Capitol Reef. Watch for new “Special Places” posts.

This blog focuses on Brimhall Bridges. Brimhall Bridges is a unique double arch located deep in the Waterpocket Fold – the southern portion of Capitol Reef National Park. The trail to the bridge winds through a narrow, slot-like canyon. Sometimes, depending on the time of year, water collects in deep pockets in the canyon. This may require wading, or occasionally, swimming. After coming out of the canyon, and climbing up a ridge, you will see the double arch. You can sit right under Brimhall Bridges, and if you’re lucky, hear the wild goats calling to each other. This is one of our all time favorite hikes in Capitol Reef.

The Brimhall Bridges hike is 4.6 miles round trip, but it is very strenuous. There are several steep inclines that may be unmanageable for some. As always, take the necessary precautions for desert hiking, and especially be sure to bring an ample supply of water.

To get to Brimhall Bridges, drive through the main section of park, and take the exit toward the town of Notom. Continue to drive south, past the Cedar Mesa Campground. Be aware that although the road is unpaved in many parts, it does not require a high clearance vehicle. The trailhead is located at the Halls Creek Overlook. (It is a good idea to pick up a map at the visitor center before heading out.)

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