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Burr Trail and Highway 12 - Utah
What to do if you have little time : Highway 12
There are mythical routes in the West like Route 66. But there are others, less renowned, whose beauty has no equal. Route 12, which is known as Scenic Drive, is one of them. The landscapes are breathtaking : Bryce Canyon, Escalante, Calf Creek (dizzy portion) and ends just before Capitol Reef to leave its place on Route 24, no less superb.
The Burr Trail, on the other hand, is a road long of a little more than 62 miles from one end to the other. One of its peculiarities is that it descends into a canyon (Long Canyon) and ends at Glen Canyon. Before that, it crosses Capitol Reef National Park and gives access to the splendid Strike Valley Overlook and its view of Waterpocket Fold.
Burr Trail Road
2 to 3 hours
The Burr Trail Road is a road that starts from Boulder. From the beginning, the landscapes are very beautiful and very different from what awaits us thereafter. We are indeed surrounded by hills of pale yellow slickrock. We then reach a plateau, then after several miles we go down into a narrow canyon in places (Long Canyon). The cliffs are steep and of the most beautiful orange. Here, you'll see hoodoos of colors which we're not used : pale pink and ocher. A slot canyon is easily accessible on the side of the road. This one is narrow and very high, but very short, and its entrance is planted with trees. Shrubs have managed to grow on the canyon walls. The exit of Long Canyon is also very beautiful with its colorful badlands. The continuation of the track is more monotonous.
Access : from Boulder, take the Burr Trail Road and continue as far as desired, going at least down to Long Canyon.
1 to 2 hours
Highway 12 is an absolutely beautiful road that crosses breathtaking scenery. The part to the east of Escalante goes through passes with the vacuum on each side of the road. Viewpoints mark out this road. You must stop as often as possible. In autumn, the northern part of the road, covered with trees, takes yellow colors.
Access : from Escalante, take highway 12 eastward.
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