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Sunset Point

Easy/Intermediate
 3.7 (7)

A short trail ending at a great spot to watch the sun dip below Boulder and Miners Mountain.


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0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

Point to Point

6,378' 1,944 m

High

6,349' 1,935 m

Low

31' 10 m

Up

15' 4 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

Dogs Unknown

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Family Friendly A short journey for visitors of all ages and experience to a beautiful spot at the end of the day.

Description

From the visitors center, head west for just over two miles, following signs for Panorama Point and the Goosenecks. Continue onto a dirt road that leaves the northeast corner of the Panorama Point parking lot and the shared parking lot for the Goosenecks Overlook, and Sunset Point is at the end.

Heading out of the east side of the parking lot, this trail is very gradual in grade with no real gain or loss of elevation. Look for a bench near the midway point of the trail to take a break.

Continue through the pinyon pines and juniper, heading south. Note the ripples in the surrounding rock surfaces that are great examples of the Moenkopi Formation that was formed under shifting seas.

There is another bench at the end of the trail, with panoramic views of the park in all directions. Look east toward Fruita and the Henry Mountains and the cliffs of the Waterpocket Fold heading off to the south.


This content was contributed by author Rick Stinchfield. For a comprehensive hiking guide to Capitol Reef National Park and to see more by Rick, click here.

Flora & Fauna

Juniper bushes and pinion pine.

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Zander Göpfert

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Photos

Sulphur Creek and Waterpocket Fold during sunset
Nov 18, 2018 near Loa, UT
Waterpocket Fold and The Castle from Sunset Point Trail
Nov 18, 2018 near Loa, UT
Panorama from Sunset Point across the Waterpocket Fold and Sulphur Creek
Nov 18, 2018 near Loa, UT
Navajo Nobs from Sunset Point Trail
Nov 18, 2018 near Loa, UT
Along Sunset Point.
Sep 8, 2016 near Loa, UT

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Oct 27, 2020
Kris Gerhardt
Oct 15, 2020
Ethan Gingerich
Sep 24, 2020
Kari Vanderslice
Watched the sunset (7:15pm) for nearly one hour. Bring a chair or seat pad. Needed a flashlight to get back to parking lot. 0.4mi — 0h 10m
Aug 30, 2020
Tessa Vande Velden
Went for sunset, wasn't amazing but the view was cool either way. (Ben, Amber, Steph, Alex)
Jul 18, 2020
Sabrina Trentham
Mar 16, 2020
Shawn Hickman
Great sunset hike! 0.4mi — 0h 10m
Oct 17, 2019
Alex Jones
Aug 26, 2019
Alexandra Joan