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“Amazing Road Through The Waterpocket Fold”
Review of Burr Trail

Burr Trail
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Old cattle trail which is accessible by 4WD vehicles.
Reviewed July 14, 2013

This road is a dirt road through the bottom of Capital Reef National Park. We came at this road from Lake Powell. Bullfrog. So we went up the road to the top of the plateau that start the Ecalante Starcase formations. First of all, the road is a series of tight, very tight switchbacks that rise quickly to the top of the Fold. The rock formations are so close you can touch them. It is an amazing journey through beautiful geology. That whole area is nothing but beauty. The road conditions this year were excellent. No water on the trail. The Burr Trail is dirt only in the National Park. Once you pass out of the Park boundaries, it is paved.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

Did the Burr Trail road from Boulder to Utah 24 (Capitol Reef) in June. I was concerned about road conditions (from earlier reviews). No problem at all. I was driving a Yukon, but any car in good condition would have been fine. Obviously, this is not a road to be driving in poor weather or at night. Also, you do not want to have car problems (no service station in 70 miles). That being said, this is a definite must drive. The drive into the Canyon was spectacular, and the switchbacks incredible! If you have a fear of heights, this may not be the road for you.

2  Thank scohel1
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We stayed at the Ticaboo Lodge and rented Razors to drive out along the Burr Trail. The switchbacks are amazing. We stopped and parked in several places and enjoyed 3 side hikes, all near the switch backs. Very memorable. While we had street legal razors, the Burr Trail is mellow enough to do with a regular car as long as it's not raining. Their is one spot near Lake Powell where the road would be rough with rain, other than that it's very accessible.

3  Thank InterSolutions
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Reviewed April 3, 2013

What an incredible experience! This is one of the most unforgettable travel experiences we ever had. Over every hilltop, around every corner, new breathtaking views appear. Every single yard of this trail is worth a picture! We did it from Boulder to the East, then North towards Hanksville. That part was great, too.
I worried about the road conditions, but there was no reason fo that. Though we rented an SUV this would have been perfectly possible with a normal car: the road is well maintained. Though it was raining, the road condition was excellent. We did this early April.
While in Boulder, take a break at the Burr Trail Grill at the starting point of the trail. One of the very best Burgers I ever tasted.

5  Thank Moestiekje
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Reviewed December 3, 2012

Utah seems to have no shortage of scenic drives, and the Burr Trail is among the best of them. Auto tourists and driving enthusiasts alike will enjoy this 30-mile excursion through incredibly beautiful landscapes. Numerous pullouts and trailheads provide options for taking photos or exploring on foot. As one travels east from Boulder, eventually the pavement ends and the road impressively descends a steep cliff face on tight but well-maintained switchbacks. At the base of the cliff, Burr Trail intersects with the Bullfrog-Notom Road. It has a graded dirt surface which stretches for miles in each direction. I turned left toward Highway 24 and found that the road surface was washboard, frequently severe, for the next 20 miles. After an hour of rattling along this track I thoroughly regretted having not taken the highway. However, if you (and your vehicle) can handle the rough ride, this road is very scenic and is generally passable by passenger cars. Heavy rains may make the wash crossings difficult to navigate in low-clearance vehicles, but most of the time this is not a problem. Still, my recommendation is to turn around after the switchbacks and return to Boulder for a delightful, easy 2-3 hour tour of great Southwest scenery.

3  Thank marathoner92
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