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Hiking and Biking

If you're looking for a way to get out and explore the incredible landscape of Utah, then consider hiking or biking in the areas around Hanksville. There are plenty of different trails to choose from, and you'll be able to see some amazing geological formations and wildlife. It's a great way to get some exercise too!


Desert Trails

Some of the best hikes in the area can be found at Capitol Reef National Park. This area is a day hiker's dream as the majority of trails are quite short and well maintained, providing breathtaking views. Capitol Gorge is an easy walk along the bottom of a narrow, dry wash with towering walls. The Golden Throne trail climbs from the canyon bottom to the base of the Golden Throne offering panoramic views. The Hickman Bridge trail is a short nature walk that leads to a large natural bridge. There are many others trails around Hanksville, so be sure to explore and find the perfect hike for you!

Mountain Trails

If wondering through pine forests, around alpine lakes and breathing the thin air at ten thousand feet is what you crave then the Henry Mountains are for you. The Henry Mountain range is a volcanic protrusion in a sea of red desert. The mountain terrain is notoriously steep and rocky so be prepared for rough roads and steep trails. The high peaks offer splendid views of Capitol Reef and the Boulder Mountain to the west or miles of open desert in every other direction.

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Tips for Hiking in Hot Weather

When hiking in hot weather, it's important to stay hydrated and take breaks often. Make sure to drink plenty of water, and avoid hiking during the hottest part of the day. Wear sunscreen and a hat to protect yourself from the sun, and be sure to bring snacks and plenty of water. If you're hiking with a partner, take turns carrying the heavy backpack so that you can share the load. And finally, listen to your body and take breaks when you need to.

Mountain Biking

The areas around Hanksville boasts a variety of mountain biking adventures. Although there are only a few identified trails, these paths offer beautiful scenery.​​

NOTE: The directions and information provided here may not be totally accurate. Additional research into your desired trail is recommended.

Capitol Reef Scenic Drive

Tantalus Flats Trail

  • Moderately challenging

  • 15.3-mile point-to-point trail

  • Average of 6 h 4 min to complete

  • Approximate Trailhead

Cathedral Valley Loop

Temple of the Sun

Dark Side of the Moon

Desert View Trail

Lizard Foot Trail

Buffalo Head Trail

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Road Biking

If you're looking for a great place to go road biking, the road from Hanksville to Escalante, Utah covers  some of the most beautiful terrain in the western United States. The ride is about 110 miles long and takes you through canyons, red rock formations, and Pinion Pine forests. It's a challenging ride, but it's definitely worth it for the scenery. Make sure to bring plenty of water and snacks, and be prepared for some steep climbs!

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