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Burr Trail and Switchbacks tour

6-9h full day Private tour (min 2*, 1-4 people)

The Burr Trail and Waterpocket Fold Tour in Capitol Reef National Park offers an unforgettable journey through some of the most stunning landscapes in the American Southwest. Here's a detailed description of this captivating adventure.

The Burr Trail is a historic route that winds through the heart of the rugged desert terrain of southern Utah. Beginning in the town of Boulder, the trail was originally carved by John Atlantic Burr in the late 19th century. Today, it serves as a scenic byway, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Capitol Reef and the surrounding areas.

Highlights of the Burr Trail:

  • Breathtaking Scenery: As you navigate the Burr Trail, you'll be treated to panoramic vistas of towering sandstone cliffs, expansive desert valleys, and colorful rock formations. The landscape is a testament to the forces of nature and the passage of time.

  • Long Canyon: One of the highlights of the Burr Trail is the stunning drive through Long Canyon. Here, sheer sandstone walls rise hundreds of feet on either side of the road, creating a narrow and dramatic corridor that is truly awe-inspiring.

  • Switchbacks: The Burr Trail is also known for its series of switchbacks as it climbs up the Waterpocket Fold, providing breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape with every turn.

  • Peek-A-Boo Arch: Peek-A-Boo Arch in Capitol Reef National Park stands as a majestic testament to the forces of nature. Carved over eons by wind and water, its graceful sandstone curves frame the expansive vistas beyond. Visitors are captivated by its beauty, finding solace and inspiration amidst the rugged landscapes of the American Southwest.

  • Opportunities for Exploration: 

    1. Hiking to the Strikevalley Overlook in Capitol Reef National Park is an unforgettable journey through the captivating landscapes of the Waterpocket Fold. Starting at the Strike Valley Overlook Trailhead along Notom-Bullfrog Road, hikers are immersed in a desert landscape of towering sandstone formations and twisted juniper trees.The trail gradually ascends, offering glimpses of the surrounding canyonlands and the distant Henry Mountains. Along the way, the vibrant hues of sedimentary rock reveal the park's geological history, shaped by ancient seas and shifting tectonic plates.Upon reaching the Strikevalley Overlook, hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the Waterpocket Fold. From this vantage point, the vastness of the Strike Valley unfolds below, framed by towering cliffs and meandering washes carved by centuries of erosion.The overlook provides a moment of reflection, inviting visitors to connect with the timeless beauty of the American Southwest. As the sun sets, casting the landscape in a warm glow, hikers carry with them memories of their journey into the heart of Capitol Reef's striking wilderness.

    2. Nestled within the captivating landscape of Capitol Reef National Park lies the enchanting Headquarters Slot Canyon, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by adventurous souls. This narrow slot canyon, carved over millennia by the forces of wind and water, offers a mesmerizing journey through towering sandstone walls and sculpted rock formations. As you venture deeper into Headquarters Slot Canyon, you'll be greeted by the play of light and shadow dancing along the textured walls, creating an otherworldly atmosphere that ignites the imagination. The serenity of the canyon envelops you, providing a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Each twist and turn of the canyon reveals new wonders to behold, from the intricate patterns etched into the rock to the vibrant hues of the surrounding landscape. With every step, you'll feel a sense of wonder and awe at the natural beauty that surrounds you. Whether you're an experienced hiker or a curious traveler seeking new experiences, Headquarters Slot Canyon offers a memorable adventure that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. So lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of wonder, and embark on a journey through one of Capitol Reef's most captivating treasures.

Waterpocket Fold:

The Waterpocket Fold is a massive geological monocline that stretches for nearly 100 miles across the heart of Capitol Reef National Park. This unique feature is a testament to the incredible forces of uplift and erosion that have shaped the landscape over millions of years.

Highlights of the Waterpocket Fold:

  1. Colorful Rock Formations: The Waterpocket Fold is renowned for its vibrant colors and striking rock formations. From deep reds and oranges to brilliant whites and yellows, the geology of the fold is a photographer's dream.

  2. Slot Canyons: Within the Waterpocket Fold, there is a network of slot canyons that beckon adventurers to explore their narrow passages and hidden alcoves. These slot canyons are sculpted by water over millennia and offer a glimpse into the geological processes at work. 

  3. Historical Significance: The Waterpocket Fold is not only a geological wonder but also holds significant cultural and historical importance. Native American tribes have inhabited this area for thousands of years, leaving behind traces of their civilization in the form of rock art, dwellings, and artifacts.

  4. Natural Diversity: The Waterpocket Fold is home to a diverse array of plant and animal life, adapted to survive in the harsh desert environment. From desert bighorn sheep to flowering cacti, the fold is teeming with life waiting to be discovered.

In summary, the Burr Trail and Waterpocket Fold Tour in Capitol Reef National Park offers a captivating journey through some of the most stunning landscapes in the American Southwest. With its breathtaking scenery, rich history, and opportunities for exploration, it's an experience that will leave a lasting impression on all who venture into this remarkable corner of the world.

*Booking requires a payment for a minimum of 2 passengers.You can add up to 2 hikes to your itinerary: StrikeValley Overlook (1), and/or Headquarters Slot Canyon (2).
**We pick up all our customers from their hotels/AirBnB in Teasdale and Torrey areas at no charge.
***Pease understand that in order to book a sunrise experience, you must choose the add-on option, in addition to your selected tour. No matter the departure time you choose, we will contact you and coordinate a proper departure time specific to your date and pick up location (sunrise time changes daily as well as distances and time must be considered regarding each location) in order to achieve being on site as the sun rise occurs.

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