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Notom Road

Hiking Oak Creek - Notom Road Hiking Oak Creek

Notom Road

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RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Sun

A 40 percent chance of snow.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

48 | 28

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

48 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

51 | 29

Wed

A slight chance of rain after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 31

Thu

A chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 28

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SEASON: Spring, Fall
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: Filterable if needed. Much wading, generally to about knee deep.

Sun

A 40 percent chance of snow.  Areas of blowing dust before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 48. Breezy, with a south southwest wind 20 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

48 | 28

Mon

Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

48 | 26

Tue

Partly sunny, with a high near 51.

51 | 29

Wed

A slight chance of rain after 11am.  Partly sunny, with a high near 50.

50 | 31

Thu

A chance of snow.  Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

46 | 28

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Oak Creek a ways above the narrows.

Oak Creek a ways above the narrows.

Off the Notom Road, requiring a rough road to reach the trail, sits an oasis. Oak Creek is probably the hidden gem of Capitol Reef National Park that you've never heard of! A 10-minute hike from the trailhead enters a world of waterfalls, sand floored canyon, a crystal clear cool stream, and sculpted canyon walls reminiscent, to me at least, of Zion National Park. If this had easier access, I am convinced to would be one of the more popular hikes in the park. Perhaps a rough road is a good thing, on my visit I saw no one and very little signs of traffic.

This is a great hike for anyone, but may be particularly good as a family hike. Kids will love the stream and sandy narrows. I found a surprising amount of quick sand in the narrows. Be sure to have shoes well attached to your feet!

Fall colors in Oak Creek

Fall colors in Oak Creek

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