Along the Grand Wash Road, there is a viewpoint for Cassidy Arch, named after Butch Cassidy who allegedly hid out in the area, but the view is rather limited. To get a good view of the arch, one needs to hike the strenuous Cassidy Arch trail which shares its trailhead with the Grand Wash trail at the end of the road. There is parking for the trail at the end of the road along with a clean pit toilet. The trail to Cassidy Arch starts easy for the first 0.25 mile (0.4 k) as it follows the flat bottom of the Grand Wash but then turns sharply to the left and climbs quickly most of the almost 1000 ft (780 m) to the level of the arch and then the trail levels out and follows a ridgeline and the top of the canyon with excellent views including the parking lot and Grand Wash Road below where you started. The hike ends on top of Cassidy Arch after a total of about 1.75 miles (2.8 k) making for a round trip hike of about 3.5 miles (5.7 k). If your goal is to get the best view of the arch, the hike can be shortened as the good views are about 0.25 mile (0.4 k) from the end of the trail. Of the hikes that we did at Capitol Reef, this one was our favorite despite the strenuous climb due to the wonderful views.
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