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USA Pectols Pyramid

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En Route to the very popular “Hickman Bridge”, if you turn around and look back towards the trailhead and highway 24 (which will no longer be visible), you’ll see Pectols Pyramid. The primary objective for most people on the trail is the highly photogenic natural bridge but the entire 2 mile R/T hike to Hickman Bridge is full of photogenic spots, including this one. The pyramidal shaped monolith isn’t apparent until you get to a particular area along the trail. While I had searched for it unsuccessfully on my way to Hickman Bridge, I spotted it quite by accident during my return hike to the trailhead. It was a sort of a Eureka! moment.

Photography Tips

Use a wide angle lens. It only takes around 15 minutes to get to this spot from the trailhead (not counting stops for photos) but you’ll need to plan your shot for very early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best light and to ensure you get a parking spot at the trailhead.

Travel Information

From the Capitol Reef Visitor Center, drive East on Highway 24 for 2 miles (3.2 km) to the Hickman Bridge trailhead. There is a large parking area but it fill very quickly due to the popularity of the hike.
Spot Type Outdoor
Crowd Factor A decent amount of people
Best Timing Sunset during fall
Sunrise & Sunset 06:00 - 20:53 | current local time: 07:24
Photo Themes mountainscape

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Spot Comments (2)

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James Woolcock
James Woolcock 23.05.2023
This will be very helpful for us in our visit next Spring, 2024!
Gary Leverett
Gary Leverett 23.05.2023
Glad it was useful James. Capitol Reef is our favorite National Park in Utah. We’ve been there many times, so there’s not much of it we haven’t seen.

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