Burr Trail and Wolverine Loop
The Burr Trail is an historic road that follows a cattle trail pioneered by John Atlantic Burr. Traversing some of the most beautiful landscapes in southern Utah, it crosses Deer Creek and The Gulch, perennial streams flowing off Boulder Mountain have carved deep canyons with lush cottonwood forests contrasting with sandstone cliffs. At Long Canyon, orange cliffs of the Wingate Sandstone towering above the road are particularly photogenic in the mid morning light. The Circle Cliffs offer expansive views across the desert to the high peaks of the Henry Mountains. In Capitol Reef, a rainbow of colors exposed in tilted rock layers are a scenic highlight, especially where the road descends a series of switchbacks that some might find a bit frightening. Reaching the Strike Valley, one can head north up the Notum Road at the foot of Waterpocket Fold/Capitol Reef (see Ultimate Road Trip) or south to access some deep slot canyons and scenic viewpoints. One of our favorite destinations is a 4-wheel-drive road that follows Upper Muley Twist wash to the trailhead for the Strike Valley Overlook. Another dirt sideroad, the Wolverine Loop, leads to a petrified forest with ancient (>200 million years old) redwood logs up to 150′ in length and also provide access to slot canyons. Depending upon your interests and abilities we offer a number of excellent short hikes that our guest love. This driving tour is a delight for folks who have an interest in geology because we see all the rock layers that color southern Utah’s Colorado Plateau.