Special Places – Hamburger Rocks

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of spectacular beauty; it has so many areas of special, natural wonder. Unfortunately very few people get to visit these special places. In an effort to make these hidden treasures known to the public, we at the Lodge at Red River Ranch have created this blog series to highlight the best-unknown places of Capitol Reef. Watch for new “Special Places” posts.

In this post we’ll be talking about Hamburger Rocks. Hamburger Rocks is a spot near Muley Tanks in the Waterpocket Fold. The location is marked by small flat hamburger-shaped hoodoos. These hoodoos are made from Apache (red) sandstone, while all the stone beneath them is Navajo (white) sandstone. This contrast – and their strange shape – makes Hamburger Rocks one of the most interesting features in Capitol Reef National Park.

In addition to seeing one of nature’s best examples of geo-layer erosion, you will get to experience a trip through one of the most beautifully stark landscapes in the American West – between the Henry Mountain Range in the east and the fold canyons in the west. The journey is definitely worth taking.

To get to Hamburger Rocks you will have to drive south from the main road, past Notom, into the Waterpocket Fold. There are two different routes to Hamburger Rocks. One trailhead is the Post Overlook (north of the rocks) the other is Halls Creek Overlook (south of the rocks.) Both routes are strenuous, and follow unmaintained trails. Take all the necessary safety precautions. If you plan to stay overnight on the trail, be sure to obtain a Backcountry Permit from the Visitor Center.

Check out the National Parks publication about Hamburger Rocks.

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