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Cassidy Arch Trail: Capitol Reef National Park, Wayne County
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Cassidy Arch is seen in the distance from the trail.
Cassidy Arch is seen in the distance from the trail.
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By Steve Baker

Clipper Staff Writer

From the parking lot, follow a short trail down Grand Wash to the main trailhead. According to legend, Butch Cassidy (Robert L. Parker) had a hideout in Grand Wash and the arch was named after this notorious, turn-of-the-century outlaw and train robber. At .03 miles, the trail leaves the wash and hugs to the canyon wall overlooking Grand Wash. The climb is steep as you make your way to a series of switchbacks. Past the switchbacks, the trail smooths out as you enter a side canyon and catch your breath. When you turn the corner leaving the canyon, you get your first glimpse of Cassidy Arch in the distance. You arrive at the trail junction post at 1.39 miles, with a half mile left to the arch. There are sheer drop-offs at the arch, so keep a safe distance from the edge. I wondered if Butch Cassidy ever stood on the arch watching for bounty hunters below. Enjoy!

Difficulty – Strenuous

Elevation gain – 580 ft.

Round-trip miles – 3.5

Hiking time – About 3 hours

Dogs allowed – No

Trailhead restrooms – Yes

Scenic drive fee – $5.00 per vehicle

sbaker@davisclipper.com

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