Hall’s Creek Overlook

Hall's Creek Overlook

This remote overlook in the southern portion of Capitol Reef National Park would have once overlooked a large, temporary nature-made earthen dam and desert lake. The still existent “Red Slide” (visible on the far left) is the remnant of an enormous mudslide of the red Moenkopi formation sliding from atop the Waterpocket Fold down into Hall’s Canyon during the Holocene (Ice Age), blocking Hall’s Creek. Eventually, Hall’s Creek reclaimed its entire course through the 1,200 foot deep canyon on its way south to the Colorado River, cutting through the Red Slide, eroding numerous large red hoodoos and toadstools upon the ancient dam. The easiest way to reach the Red Slide is by at least 40 miles of dirt road to the Hall’s Creek Overlook, 1,200 feet of switchbacks down into Hall’s Canyon and nearly twenty miles roundtrip worth of hiking. The nearby Hall’s Creek Narrows, Brimhall Bridges (barely visible in the center of the top portion of the picture) and Hamburger Rocks are all reached by hikers from Hall’s Creek Overlook, or by horseback from “The Post”, a trailhead much further to the north.

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