Rim Overlook and Navajo Knobs

  • Navajo Knobs  - © rick mccharles flickr
  • navajo knobs  - © rick mccharles flickr
  • Rim Overlook - © Flickr brewbooks
  • Rim Overlook  - © Flickr brewbooks

Key information: Rim Overlook and Navajo Knobs

  • The best-known walk in Capitol Reef NP leads over slickrock to the superb Rim Overlook and on to the weird, dramatic Navajo Knobs. 

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating84
  • Beauty32
  • Natural interest16
  • Human interest4
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating84

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 7+ km or 15+ km
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

navajo knobs  - © rick mccharles flickr


Capitol Reef in Utah must be one of the world's thinnest national parks, a very long slice of heavily eroded sandstone along the narrow, in places wildly broken, Waterpocket Fold.

The best-known walk here is the trail to the Rim Overlook (7+ km return) and the Navajo Knobs (15+ km return). 

The trail climbs from its shared beginning with the Hickman Bridge Trail near Fruita, branching off north-west to climb wide ledges, interspersing ascents and descents with level stretches. 

The Rim Overlook, about half way to the Navajo Knobs, sits on top of the huge reef-edge cliffs, with enormous views to savour. From there it is a descent then climb to a viewpoint on top of the peculiar excrescences that are the Navajo Knobs.  

We want to give further details of walking here please send us any thoughts and photos you have.

See our Capitol Reef page for more general and practical information and photos. 

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Rim Overlook  - © Flickr brewbooks

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