Those of you who want to really see the best of Utah’s backcountry must drive the Burr Trail. This 68 mile winding road connects Capitol Reef’s Waterpocket Fold with Lake Powell and the alpine town of Boulder. The drive presents one of the most beautiful arrays of Southern Utah scenery imaginable. We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love the Burr Trail and we are sure that you will too. Here is some more information that may convince you to drive this amazing route.
Deep in the southern section of Capitol Reef, between the rising Henry Mountains and the steep grades of the Waterpocket Fold, runs the Burr Trail. This trail was originally a cattle road developed by John Atlantic Burr, a nineteenth century pioneer, to navigate his herd through the nearly impassible countryside. His cattle road continued to be used by other settlers in the area, and was eventually made into a scenic route by the State of Utah.
The Burr Trail is only paved in a few small sections; the rest of the road is graded dirt. The grades are steep and water can occasionally wash out parts of the trail. For these reasons it is advisable to use a high clearance vehicle, preferably with four-wheel drive.
Driving the Burr Trail is, in and of itself, an awesome adventure, but if you have the time, we would strongly encourage you to get out and hike some of the canyons that you will drive past. Take the time to enjoy this incredible canvas that you get to move across.
We at the Lodge at Red River Ranch love the Burr Trail. It provides some of the best, and wildest, views of backcountry Southern Utah. For more information contact the Capitol Reef visitor center or visit the national park site.