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welcome to Boulder!

The somewhat quiet, yet highly eclectic town of Boulder, Utah sits at the heart of Southern Utah's Canyon Country, where Dixie National Forest meets the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
It is a prime location to take a rest or use as a home base for exploration. We're located halfway between Moab and Zion National Park and surrounded by a wide variety of Public Lands ranging from lake studded mountain forests to slickrock benches, canyons, and watersheds.

Situated on the glorious Scenic Byway of Highway 12, Boulder is a quiet center away from the hustle and bustle surrounding most of the National Parks, a relaxing intersection providing access to many of Canyon Country's most splendid attractions and wilderness.

To the north and east is Capitol Reef and the Waterpocket Fold, accessed via the Burr Trail Road which, once it enters the park, heads either north to Notom and Highway 24 or south to the Bullfrog Marina at Lake Powell in the Glen Canyon Recreation Area. Heading west from Boulder, one can drive through varying geological strata including the towering Wingate Cliffs of the 7 mile long Long Canyon before entering into the Circle Cliffs, home of the Woverine Petrified Wood Wilderness Area and eventually on to Capitol Reef National Park.

To the north and west lie the Aspen and Ponderosa surrounded lakes of Boulder Mountain and the Aquarius Plateau, part of Dixie National Forest, the largest forest area in Utah. Fishor canoe some of the many serene lakes. Drive the Hells Backbone Road, the original road connecting Boulder and Escalante, for a taste of the foothills of the plateau, making your way through a mixture of Juniper, Pinyon, Aspen and Ponderosa forest as well as experiencing the Hell's Backbone Bridge and Posey Lake. Old logging and forest service roads branch off, providing high clearance and 4x4 access to various areas of the mountain.

To the south and southwest is the Escalante Canyons region of the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Head out the Burr Trail Road to Deer Creek or the Gulch for either a day hike or more extensive backcountry adventures. Head south on Highway 12 over the Hogsback and hike in to such wonderful awe insiring spots as the Upper or Lower Calf Creek Falls, camp at the Calf Creek Recreation Area, explore the Escalante River with its various meanders, ruins, arches, natural bridges, pictographs and petroglyphs. Head down Hole In the Rock Road to investigate the more remote side canyons of the Escalante watershed, or hike the intimate and sometimes challenging slot canyons such as Peekaboo and Spooky. Try your stamina and resolve in Death Hollow or hike the 19 mile slong Mail Trail which used to bring mail and sundries back and forth between Escalante and Boulder via mule.
Whatever your high desert or outdoor adventure tastes, the Boulder area is sure to provide an exceptional and lasting experience.

Boulder is located only 71 miles northeast of Bryce Canyon and only a few hours from Zion National Park.

 

Distances
Starting Point: miles to/from Boulder, UT
Salt Lake City 250 miles
Las Vegas 323 miles
Denver 504 miles
Grand Canyon 248 miles
Zion National Park 156 miles
Moab (Arches/Canyonlands) 209 miles
Natural Bridges
National Monument
via Burr Trail:164 miles
via UT-95: 185 miles
Bryce Canyon NP 71 miles
Capitol Reef Nat. Park 57 miles (from visitor center)
Cedar City 151 miles
Dinosaur National Mon. 289 miles
Bullfrog Marina 66 miles
Kanab 151 miles
Mesa Verde Nat. Park thru Moab via 191/I-70: 344 miles
thru 4 corners/ UT-95: 310 miles


DIRECTIONS:

from Salt Lake City:

take I-15 south to Scipio and exit onto US-50. take US 50 to Salina. turn south/southeast on Highway 24 to Torrey. just past Torrey turn right onto Highway 12 and drive over Boulder Mountain and into Boulder, UT
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from Las Vegas:

there are two options.
Take I-15 N towards St. George
Take exit 57 toward UT-14/I-15 Bus/Cedar City
Merge onto S Main St/UT-130
Turn right at E Center St/UT-14
Continue to follow UT-14
Turn left at US-89
Turn right at E Hwy-12/UT-12
Continue to follow UT-12
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shorter option thru Zion NP:

take I-15 north
Take exit 16 for UT-9 toward ZION NATL.PARK/Hurricane
Keep right at the fork to continue toward W State St/UT-9 and merge onto W State St/UT-9. Drive through Zion National Park (you must pay the $25 entrance fee) and on to Hatch. turn north on HWY 89. Drive north until you reach the intersection with HWY 12. turn right and follow HWY 12 to Boulder UT (turn off from 89 to 12 will say Bryce Canyon)
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from the Grand Canyon/Kanab:

take 89 north to highway 12 east.
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from Moab:

take 191 north to interstate 70.
head west past Green River.
turn south on Highway 24 towards Hanksville & Capitol Reef.
at Hanksville, turn right and follow HWY 24 west towards Torrey. after passing through Capitol Reef turn left onto Highway 12 and head south to Boulder.
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from Southeast Utah, Natural Bridges,
or Monument Valley:

there are at least two options::

1) from Monument Valley- head N/NE on 163 or 191 towards Blanding, UT.
Turn left on UT-95 and drive north to Hanksville.
Continue west as 95 turns into UT-24 heading towards Torrey & Loa.
After passing through Capitol Reef turn left at Highway 12 and head south to Boulder.

from Natural Bridges- follow UT-95 north to Hanksville & follow above directions,
or drive NW on UT-95 to intersection with 276, turn left and head to Bullfrog, head north on Burr Trail & follow above directions.

2) Take 276 to the Bullfrog Ferry. head north on the Burr Trail/Bullfrog/Notom Road.
Turn left (west) at junction of Notom/Burr Trail and head up switchbacks then continue west to Boulder UT
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from Bryce Canyon:
head east on Highway 12 for 71 miles