This short Capitol Reef hike takes visitors to a panoramic viewpoint of Sulphur Creek Capitol Reef National Park and the distant Henry Mountains. As the name might suggest this hike is best done in the afternoon or evening for the best light. At just 0.7 miles round trip with a modest 44 feet of elevation gain this hike is suitable for most children and adults. Use caution near exposed cliff edges.

The Trailhead

The Sunset Point 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 hiking on the signed Sunset Point Trail. The hike starts off with a bit of a climb, but levels out quickly. Continue hiking as it winds through the scenic desert landscape, offering sublime views of the surrounding area.

As you approach Sunset point, the trail follows a narrow neck of land. Be sure to take a peek off of the right side for a dramatic view down into Sulphur Creek. The trail comes to an end at Sunset Point. A bench provides a nice place to sit and a pile of large boulders is sure to entice kids with energy to burn. After soaking up the beautiful view, return 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.