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.
|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 |
|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