Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,809.00 ft (551.38 m)
Trail type
23.50 mi (37.82 km)
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The Halls Creek Narrows are located in the remote southern end of Capitol Reef National Park. You’ll likely want to do this route as an overnight trip, in which case a backcountry permit would need to be secured from the national park.

Begin from Halls Creek Overlook, where the steep Halls Creek Overlook Trail leads down to the valley floor below. The trails for the entirety of this route are not officially maintained or marked, but are somewhat obvious. Solid route finding skills and maps/gps are still needed.

Once down, you’ll follow the (dry) Halls Creek via the Grand Gulch Trail. While hiking the bottom of the sandy wash is an option, you’ll find it much easier going following the fairly obvious footpath along the side of the wash.

Continue until reaching the narrows. This is the start of a dramatic change from a wide open wash, to a deep canyon with high sandstone walls. As with any canyon, flash flood potential exists here so use caution.

Begin down the narrows, where you should find that Halls Creek is now flowing. The narrows offer stunning scenery, and get even better as you continue. At one point there may be some deep pools that require lifting your backpack above your head to keep it dry.

Once out of the narrows you can head back via Hall Divide, turning the trek into a bit of a lollipop loop. The Hall Divide Trail leads back to the start of the narrows where you’ll follow the familiar terrain of the Halls Creek wash and Grand Gulch Trail back up to the start of the hike.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round



Halls Creek Narrows are stunning.


A long, dry walk to reach the narrows.

Trailhead Elevation

5,286.00 ft (1,611.17 m)

Highest point

5,286.00 ft (1,611.17 m)


Big vistas

Typically multi-day


Permit required



Nearby Lodging + Camping


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