This short trail leads to a dramatic overlook of the sinuous goosenecks of Sulphur Creek Canyon. The goosenecks are a series of bends that turn back on each other best seen from a high vantage point. At just under one-quarter mile round trip this hike is suitable for most children and adults. Use caution near unfenced cliff edges.

The Trailhead

The Goosenecks Trailhead is located a mile south of Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park. To reach the trailhead from the junction of Hwy 24 and Hwy 12 in Torrey, UT:

  1. Drive east on Highway 24 for 7.4 miles.
  2. Turn right (south) at the junction for Panorama Point, Goosenecks and Sunset Point.
  3. Drive 0.9 miles to Goosenecks and Sunset Point Trailheads at the end of the road (38.298951,-111.297863).

The Hike

From the parking area, begin walking on the signed Goosenecks Trail. The trail climbs a short slope before cresting onto a rocky ridgeline. Follow the trail as it winds through the rocks, eventually dropping down to a fenced overlook near the edge of the canyon.

The fenced area offers a safe place to get a close-up view of the dramatic vista of the goosenecks. The river flowing below is called Sulphur Creek and is another popular, but much more strenuous, Capitol Reef hike. After taking in the superb view, return to the trailhead the way you came.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pack out all trash.
  • Do not draw or carve on rocks.

Special Considerations

  • This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.