Oak Creek | Notom Road

Hiking Oak Creek - Notom Road Hiking Oak Creek

Notom Road

Overview

RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike

Fri

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

85 | 60

Sat

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

88 | 59

Sun

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

91 | 63

Mon

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 93.

93 | 64

Tue

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 95.

95 | 67

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

Fri

A chance of showers and thunderstorms before noon, then showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. South wind 5 to 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

85 | 60

Sat

Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

88 | 59

Sun

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91.

91 | 63

Mon

A chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 93.

93 | 64

Tue

A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 95.

95 | 67

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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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