“RIP butch cassidy!”
This arch, located within Capitol Reef National Park, is named after famous outlaw Butch Cassidy, who hid from the law here. It's in the Western walls of Grand Wash, beside the scenic drive, hundreds of feet up. It's a steep 3 mile hike, but totally worth it. The arch trail is a spur off of the larger Frying Pan Trail, a route that climbs northeast atop the Waterpocket Fold before dropping down into Cohab Canyon and onto Highway 24. If you're feeling brave, you can try and walk across it, but watch your footing- and don't look down! Named after the famous Butch Cassidy, Cassidy Arch is located in the central portion of Capitol Reef National Park, specifically just within the western walls of Grand Wash, beside the Scenic Drive. The arch trail is a spur off of the larger Frying Pan Trail, a route that climbs northeast atop the Waterpocket Fold before dropping down into Cohab Canyon and onto Highway 24. The arch is large and spectacular, photogenic at almost any angle. It sits 500 feet above the Scenic Drive and the Grand Wash Trail, offering a pleasant diversion on any trip. The climb is steep, but worth the visit. The hike to Cassidy Arch in Capitol Reef National Park is a very fun hike. After you leave the wash, the first part of the trail gains elevation very rapidly and has several switch-backs. The trail is in very good condition; rock stairs have been constructed at steep portions, and rock cairns mark the way when the trail is not visible. The trail ends at the spectacular Cassidy Arch, which is situated about 500 feet above the road and trailhead below.
Good, moderate hike. Arch is beautiful!! This was by far our favorite hike this trip!!
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