Canyons Of Escalante-Burr Trail Recreation Management Area

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Canyons Of Escalante-Burr Trail Recreation Management Area

Utah

(435) 644-4300

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Overview

The Canyons of Escalante are spectacular creations of stone and water, where the Escalante River has carved labyrinthine mazes of canyons into the Aquarius Plateau. Burr Trail and the Hole in the Rock Road provide hikers access to miles of remote canyons. Burr Trail also offers access to Deer Creek, The Gulch, Long Canyon, Wolverine Petrified Wood Area, and the Circle Cliffs Region. Developed camping at Deer Creek and dispersed camping throughout the monument.

Burr Trail turns south from Boulder and is paved for 31 miles between Boulder and Capitol Reef National Park. The rest is dirt with some rocky and sandy stretches. High-clearance vehicles recommended if you plan to explore off the Burr trail. Along the route are slickrock canyons and expansive vistas.

Map of Cyns Of Escalante-Burr Tr Rec. Management Area

Latitude, Longitude: 37.777160, -111.628733

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Activities

  • Boating

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  • Bicycling

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  • Auto/Motorcycle

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  • Camping

    Lodging is available in Kanab, Cannonville, Escalante, Boulder, and Tropic, about 5 miles northwest of Cannonville on State Highway 12. Within the monument, campgrounds are located at Calf Creek and Deer Creek, 5 miles east. Primitive camping is also permitted within the monument. Back country permits are required for all overnight stays(backpacking, car camping, horse packing, and boating). State park campgrounds are located adjacent to the monument at Kodachrome Basin, 10 miles west of Cannonville, and in Escalante Petrified Forest, 5 miles west. Other public and private campgrounds are nearby. Check with a visitor center for details.

  • Climbing

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  • Fishing

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  • Hiking

    The Burr Trail takes the adventurous traveler into some of Utah's most beautiful and extraordinary country. Views of the Henry Mountains, the colorfully contorted Waterpocket Fold, red Circle Cliffs, and Long Canyon all await the traveler who wishes to drive this interesting back road. Numerous hikes and side trips are available for those with the time and inclination.

    John Atlantic Burr was born in 1846 aboard the SS Brooklyn somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. He and his family lived in Salt Lake City, then later moved south and established the town of Burrville, Utah, in 1876. John Burr soon developed a trail to move cattle back and forth between winter and summer ranges and to market. This cattle trail through the rough, nearly impassable country around the Waterpocket Fold, Burr Canyon, and Muley Twist Canyon came to be known as the Burr Trail.

    Today, the road which connects Bullfrog and Boulder, Utah, and which passes through the painted rock country of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument land is known as the Burr Trail.

    Please Note: Although in dry weather the Burr Trail is easily accessible to passenger cars, wet weather may make the road impassable even for 4WD vehicles. Check with rangers or local officials for weather and road conditions. Recreational vehicles are not recommended.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding is available in some areas. Contact the park for more information.

  • Hunting

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  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Some of the roads in this area require a high-clearance vehicle with four-wheel drive. Please check with area officials about regulations for driving off the road.

  • Picnicking

    Multiple picnic areas are available for visitors.

  • Water Sports

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  • Winter Sports

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Directions

Driving

85 miles east of St. George, UT.

The monument is surrounded by the towns of Kanab, Cannonville, Boulder, Bigwater, and Escalante. Each of these towns has a visitor center offering maps and information. Scenic All American Highway 12 (State Highway 12) runs along the northern portion of the monument, and State Highway 89 is located on the southern boundary. Bryce Canyon National Park abuts the monument near Cannonville. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Capitol Reef National Park lie adjacent to the monument on the east, and Dixie National Forest borders the monument to the north. To get to Devil's Garden, one of the striking landscape features in the monument, go about 4.5 miles south on State Highway 12 from Escalante. Turn right on Hole-in-theRock Road. Proceed another 7.5 miles to the site. Proceed another 7.5 miles to the parking area for Devil's Garden.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(435) 644-4300

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