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Burr Trail

Address: Capitol Reef National Park, UT
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Type: Off road & ATV trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Four-wheeling
Owner description: Old cattle trail which is accessible by 4WD vehicles.
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Type: Off road & ATV trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking, Four-wheeling
Owner description: Old cattle trail which is accessible by 4WD vehicles.
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Bloomfield, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

THE BURR TRAIL (UTAH’S HIDDEN BYWAYS I) When one thinks of the red rock country of Utah, the National Parks, such as Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Arches come to mind. Utah has much more to offer, such as the hidden gem called the BURR TRAIL (State Route 1688). The beauty of this ‘trail’ is that it is not a trail... More 

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Titusville, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This awesome drive is one of my favorites. High clearance vehicle is not required so it can be enjoyed by anyone that can drive. As others have stated, the dirt portion is maintained but I would suggest checking on conditions before heading out. We started at Capitol Reef on the dirt road, up the switchbacks and through Escalante (nice views... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This road, when it is not washed out, provides some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Southern Utah. The road is partially paved on the Grand Staircase/Escalante portion, and well maintained gravel in the Capitol Reef Park section.

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Cincinnati
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188 reviews 188 reviews
76 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We drove the Burr Trail from Boulder, UT. The Burr Trail is paved except for the very end, which goes down a mountain on dirt switchbacks. The dirt road portion is well maintained and any vehicle can easily drive this part of the road. The entire trail has one fabulous scenic view after another. The drive through the canyons is... More 

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Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went from Bullfrog to Boulder which I would recommend. The switchbacks which are SOOO RAD!!! Scenery fantastic!!! The dirt roads were a little rough!! Go slow! Such an amazing route! We went from Boulder into Capital Reef NP and it was AWESOME!! The slot canyon off the road is GREAT!! SOOO cool!!! Get out of the car!!!

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Show Low, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

This trail cuts across the Waterpocket Fold of Capitol Reef National Park. It's worth an overnight campout to see the side canyons, arches and of course magnificent vistas of the fold itself. A must see for any geologist.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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48 reviews 48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

We drove from Boulder to Bullfrog Marina on the Burr Trail. All but about 30 miles are paved. Of course, those 30 miles include the "switchbacks" which are the most infamous part of the trail. That said there are only 7 turns and the road is maintained, graded, and easy to drive. JUST SLOW DOWN. Like others have said this... More 

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montana
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237 reviews 237 reviews
66 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I drove the length of it and was awed by the switchbacks at the Capitol Reef end and the vistas in Escalante (see Photos)

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Playa del Rey, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Rivals Bryce and Zion, maybe even better in parts. Started with lunch at thee fabulous Burr Trail Grill. Great fall color in may parts. Totally awesome rock formations around every bend in the road. Don't miss slot Canyon at mile 11.3 where we stumbled upon a resting owl which patiently put up with our excitement and photo taking. Turned around... More 

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London Ontario
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Burr Trail offered an excellent drive with few others. While there is a short 30 mile unpaved section it's worth it and was suitable for a sedan. Views were fantastic. The only catch was that after a day or rain the previous day a section of BLM 12000 just before Lake Powell had a stream running through it. I walked... More 

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