Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Great Southern Utah Road Trip - August 25 - Part XI - West End of the Burr Trail

The weather was beautiful when we headed west. Just past Boulder Mountain Lodge there was a turn off onto the Burr Trail Scenic Backway. We had been encouraged by our friend, photographer Stephen Strom, and my FB/blog friend Bev Wigney to drive along the trail. We drove until the paved part ended, about 30 miles. We walked a little way beyond that along the gravel road to get a less obstructed view across to Capital Reef National Park.

The Burr Trail was originally developed by a rancher named John Atlantic Burr to move his cattle between summer and winter grazing grounds.The west end, starting in Boulder, Utah, (elevation 6675 feet) wanders through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument past bleached-white Navajo sandstone formations (which began as sand dunes millions of years ago) and plateaus and woodlands dotted with pinyon pines and aspens.


About 9 miles in, it drops into Long Canyon, a narrow canyon with towering dark red Wingate sandstone cliffs.

Pretty amazing rock on column here. 

We turned around where the paved road turns into a gravel road. The views of the Henry Mountains, the Waterpocket Fold, and Captial Reef National park were spectacular from this viewpoint.



bev said...

I'm so glad that you drove down Burr Trail. A couple of the views are just astounding!

Pam in Tucson said...

Loved it, Bev. We probably wouldn't have done it if you and Steve Strom hadn't both recommended it so highly. We could only drive on the paved road, but walked a little way on the gravel road. But I was very happy with the distance views and also the towering walls of Long Canyon. Altogether. this was an amazing trip and one I feel very lucky to have done, since I don't have an opportunity to leave home very often these days.