The Burr Trail

The Burr Trail: Secret Access to Lake Powell & Capitol Reef

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Bryce Canyon Country boasts all sorts of hidden beauty waiting to be discovered and explored – and sometimes a scenic drive is just the way to do it. The Burr Trail begins near Boulder, UT, and winds for 66 miles through some of southern Utah’s most untamed landscape. Take a scenic trip through majesty and history along this remote backway, which follows the cattle trail blazed by John Atlantic Burr in the 1800s. Follow the winding road through the southern

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Historic barn in Capitol Reef National Park

Secret Places in Capitol Reef National Park

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Capitol Reef National Park is one of Utah’s best kept secrets, with hidden treasures and breathtaking surprises just waiting to be discovered and explored.  Capitol Reef National Park’s landscape is dominated by the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic “wrinkle” in the earth’s crust that runs for 70 miles through the length of the park. The Waterpocket Folds ridges, cliffs, canyons and domes add dramatic beauty to the already magnificent landscape, proving there’s more to Capitol Reef National Park than meets the

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Visitors – Bryce Canyon Country

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Bryce Canyon’s spectacular red rock landscape beckons visitors from around the world. In fact, Bryce Canyon National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park are located right here in Bryce Canyon Country, and were recently listed among the top ten attractions in Utah.

Three women relax on the rim, taking in the views at Bryce Canyon.

About 40% of Bryce Canyon National Park’s visitors come from abroad to experience the colorful majestic red rock hoodoos

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Bryce Canyon Country – A Multi-day Destination – Part 1

Part One:The next couple of blog posts introduce information on why Bryce Canyon Country is truly a multi-day destination.  

Bryce Canyon National Park in early morning light.

Bryce Canyon National Park is the crown jewel of Garfield County—but there’s so much natural beauty and adventure to experience! With charming towns and easy access to scenic byways, a national monument, national and state parks, alpine lakes and incredible scenery, you’ll want to return again and again. Bryce Canyon National Park Visitors

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Sunrise in Capitol Reef

Capitol Reef National Park from Boulder

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Capitol Reef National Park – Sunrise

Bryce Canyon isn’t the only National Park accessible from Bryce Canyon Country. Did you know Capitol Reef National Park runs north-south into Garfield County, and is easily accessible for visitors staying in Boulder or Escalante? From either town, take Scenic Byway 12 to Torrey, then head east on Highway 24 to the Capitol Reef visitor center.

The Scenic Drive in Capitol Reef National Park

The easiest way to explore Capitol Reef National Park

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Tour of Utah Cycling Race

Tour of Utah – Bryce Canyon Country

Stage Two of The Tour of Utah cycling event has just passed through Bryce Canyon Country drawing great crowds to watch these professional riders. On Wednesday of this week, the Tour of Utah ran a course from Panguitch, Utah to Torrey, Utah, covering a distance of 131 miles along Utah’s Scenic Byway 12.

Riders depart Panguitch, Utah as they begin stage two of the Tour of Utah

Horseback riders attempted to keep up with the cyclists at one point of

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The Burr Trail – Boulder, Utah to Bullfrog at Lake Powell

This long and scenic road passes through a mid-section of the Burr Trail

Utah’s Burr Trail road is a 66-mile scenic backway that winds through some of the most untamed areas of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  The Burr Trail Road is easily accessible from Boulder, at the junction with Scenic Byway 12, near the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park and the base of Boulder Mountain.

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Capitol Reef History

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Formations in Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is largely defined by the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long classic monocline uplifted 7,000 feet on the west side. The rugged Waterpocket Fold prevented a barrier to widespread exploration until the mid-1800s, but was home to a Native American population dating back to around 700 A.D. As hunter/gatherers and farmers, the Fremont People occupied the flood plains and fertile land around the region’s perennial lakes and streams. This adaptive

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Boulder Utah – All Points of the Compass

Upper Calf Creek Falls – Near Boulder Utah

Located at the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and the Burr Trail, Boulder is conveniently situated for exploring scenic Bryce Canyon country. Boulder sits at the base of Boulder Mountain, surrounded by Dixie National Forest to the north and west, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument to the south.

The Burr Trail about 10 miles east of Boulder Utah

A drive along Scenic Byway 12 leads to attractions

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