About the Burr Trail


The Burr Trail was blazed by Boulder stockman John Atlantic Burr in the late 1800’s as a route to move cattle from the area around Boulder, Utah to the ford across the Colorado River at Hall’s Crossing.

Today, the route is a National Scenic Backway that traverses the rough and wild slickrock wilderness of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Capital Reef National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. It is 66 miles from the town of Boulder to Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell.

The road is paved from Boulder for 36 miles to the boundary of Capitol Reef National Park. The next 21 miles through the park and BLM land are graded gravel. Pavement resumes in the GCNRA.

The road is a spectacular scenic drive and provides access to trailheads for exploration of the area’s magnificent desert backcountry. Road conditions are weather dependent so inquire at the Burr Trail Outpost for the latest updates. This is a remote area. Be prepared. No services are available along the route.