The Chimney Rock Loop is one of the most scenic areas found in Capitol Reef National Park. It starts on the north side of Highway 24, from the parking area and leads travellers up onto a small plateau with breathtaking views and amazing photo opportunities. This is a quick and short hike with a part of a steep climb.
After 90 metres of the climbing section, the trail comes to the fork, which circles to the top of the Mummy Cliff. Both directions will take you to the Chimney Rock Loop. Most of the visitors choose the right side, which is perfect during the day. If you want to see the best sunset, go to the left. With every new step, the view gets more and more incredible. One more little climb and you are on the top, where you'll have the most precious view over the canyon, the Waterpocket Fold, and the Navajo Knobs, stretching kilometres to the south.
If you like more active types of outdoor activities, you can also find some of the best rock climbing opportunities in the park. One thing you might not expect to see in the area like this is an elevator. Yes, right, the elevator is an easier and comfortable way to the top of the Chimney Rock Overlook. Choose the right season to come, as you can't visit the area during rainy weather.
Although Chimney Rock Loop Trail is open to visitors all year round, we recommend planning your adventure for either spring or autumn, as this is the most comfortable time to explore Capitol Reef National Park in general.