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
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
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 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
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 easiest way to explore Capitol Reef National Park
It may be no coincidence that Utah’s most popular newspaper started with the Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef area when it recently compiled a list of Utah’s Top Getaway Destinations. The article listed these and other locations as additional reasons to visit this region.
> Waterpocket Fold: This is the formation that comprises Capitol Reef National Park. More…
> Peak-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons: These are two slot canyons found along the north side of the Hole In The Rock
According to scientists the earliest traces of humans in the Bryce Canyon area dates back 10,000-12,000 years when Paleo-Indians hunted along the Colorado Plateau. Artifacts from Ancestral Puebloans, the
Fremont People, and Anasazi Basketmakers (dating back between 200 and 700 A.D.) have also
been found. But it’s the Paiute Indians, who occupied the Bryce Canyon area for several hundred
years beginning around 1200 A.D., who really left their mark, hunting and gathering along the
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.
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
Utah National Parks are a collection of the most distinct national parks in America. One of the reasons Utah National Parks are so popular is the fact that they are in very close proximity to each other. There are five national parks in Utah and, of these, Bryce Canyon National Park is generally considered the most unique.
How to get here: Visitors to Utah’s National Parks will find that there is an easily traveled and incredibly scenic corridor to