Travel to Boulder, Utah

Boulder Location and Background

On Scenic Byway 12 in Utah, is located the small community of Boulder, 32 miles north of the town of Escalante, and 40 miles south of Torrey. Boulder takes its name from nearby Boulder Mountain, a vast timbered plateau of the Dixie National Forest that rises to 11,316 feet.

According to the town, it was the last in the nation to receive mail by mule train, changed only by the completion of a year-round road in 1939.

The Boulder population today totals about 180 residents.

Things to Do in the Boulder Area

The community is a popular jumping off destination for road trips along Scenic 12 and the Hogsback, the Hell's Backbone Scenic Road, the Cottonwood Canyon Road Scenic Backway, Hole-in-the-Rock Scenic Backway and the Bull Trail Scenic Backway.

The area offers bountiful camping, off-roading, hiking and other outdoor activities and options.

Also popular with tourists is the Anasazi State Park, which includes a museum displaying ancient Anasazi artifacts, ruined walls, and other structures from an ancient Native American village.

The Burr Trail Scenic Backway

The Burr Trail, which begins at Boulder, and ends at Bullfrog, is one of our favorite back roads in the country. We have driven it several times, sometimes in a 4x4 Jeep, other times in a 2WD Toyota 4Runner. It is typically quiet, with little or no traffic. In earlier years the entire length of the road was dirt; today parts are paved. The drive and views are stunning! The switchbacks are breathtaking!

The road which connects Boulder with Bullfrog passes through the painted rock country of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monumentl.

Driving time from Bullfrog Visitor Center to Boulder is about 2 ½ hours, while continuing on to the Escalante Visitor Center will make the total trip about 3 hours. The trip can take longer depending on how many stops are made along the way. Part of the trail is paved, the unpaved part is accessible via a typical passenger car most times of the year. One way mileage is approximately 67 miles. About 30 miles are paved.

Boulder Utah Lodging & Dining

We have stayed at the Boulder Mountain Lodge during our trips to the area. It offers a variety of rooms and suites, on two floors. It is located at the head of the Burr Trail, at 20 North Highway 12 in Boulder. Phone 435.335.7460. On the beautiful grounds is a pond, the well known and highly respected Hell's Backbone Grill, and an excellent gift shop.

On other trips to Boulder we have stayed at Pole's Place Motel located at 465 North Highway 12, across from Anasazi State Park. It was founded by Eugene Napoleon "Pole" Griffin, and is today owned by a fourth-generation Boulder family. The motel is small, clean and quiet, with free parking right outside your door. Phone 435.335.7422.

Other lodging and B&Bs are also available in the area. Several dining options are available including the Burr Trail Grill, Burr Trail Outpost, Hell's Backbone Grill and others.

Driving the Burr Trail and staying in Boulder?

Read lodging reviews, check availability and make reservations via TripAdvisor

Lodging in Escalante, Utah

Lodging in Torrey, Utah

 

The Boulder Mountain Lodge on Highway 12 in Utah
The Boulder Mountain Lodge on Highway 12 in Utah


View from our suite on the grounds of the The Boulder Mountain Lodge in Utah
View from our room of the grounds of the The Boulder Mountain Lodge in Utah

Scenic pond at the The Boulder Mountain Lodge
Scenic pond at the The Boulder Mountain Lodge


 

Hell's Backbone Grill at the Boulder Mountain Lodge ... good food, and a good time dining there!
Hell's Backbone Grill at the Boulder Mountain Lodge ... good food, and a good time dining there!

Pole's Place Motel in Boulder, Utah
Pole's Place Motel in Boulder, Utah

More About the Burr Trail

Read more about the Burr Trail, with photographs, travel information and maps

For More Information About Boulder

Burr Trail on the Glen Canyon National Recreation area official website at NPS

 

Burr Trail at the ScenicByway12.com website

 

BoulderUtah.com website

 

Boulder on VisitUtah.com website

Photographs Around Boulder, Utah

Scenic Utah Byway 12 ... All-American Road
Scenic Utah Byway 12 ... All-American Road

Scenic Highway 12 between Escalante and Boulder, Utah
Scenic Highway 12 between Escalante and Boulder, Utah

Hasta La Vista ... painted mural on building in Boulder, Utah
Hasta La Vista ... painted mural on building in Boulder, Utah


Photographs We Have Taken Along the Burr Trail

Burr Trail in Utah ... 11 Miles to Capitol Reef, 52 Miles to Bullfrog Marina
Burr Trail in Utah ... 11 Miles to Capitol Reef, 52 Miles to Bullfrog Marina

Still on the paved section of Burr Trail in Utah
Still on the paved section of Burr Trail in Utah

Entering Capitol Reef National Park in Utah
Entering Capitol Reef National Park in Utah

Brilliant blue skies as a backdrop to the red cliffs along the Burr Trail
Brilliant blue skies as a backdrop to the red cliffs along the Burr Trail

Driving the dirt and gravel section of the Burr Trail, experiencing some washboarding, on the way to the switchbacks
Driving the dirt and gravel section of the Burr Trail, heading to the switchbacks

The 4x4 got dirty that day on the Burr Trail ... what fun it was!
The 4x4 got dirty that day on the Burr Trail ... what fun it was!

Getting ready to drive the rapid descent on the switchbacks on the Burr Trail in Utah
Getting ready to drive the rapid descent on the switchbacks on the Burr Trail in Utah


 

Interactive Map of Burr Trail and Bolder, Utah Area