Above, a view of the colorful terrain along the Bullfrog/Notom road, near the junction with the Burr Trail.
Hey, I've been hiking in the Capital Reef area this week. I decided to trade my riding gear for hiking boots and flew into SLC a few days ago. I've been spending most of my time down in the Capital Reef/Escalante region, exploring some slot canyons and making plans for a trip out here next year on the Vee. This is some terrific riding country, especially at this time of year. There are a lot of ADV type bikes on the road, especially around Boulder and Escalante.
The Burr Trail is one of my favorite backcountry roads to travel in the area. It would be a great dual sport ride when combined with the Bullfrog/Notom road that runs between Capital Reef and the Bullfrog Marina. It used to be even better, but Garfield County decided to pave their portion between Boulder and the park boundary. It's still an incredible track though. I can't wait to get back out here on the bike.
I spent Monday night camping up at the head of Box Death Hollow on the Hells Backbone road. Woke up to snow flurries the next morning but by the time I dropped back down to Escalante, the temps had warmed into the mid-50s. I really envied the riders that I passed as I headed back down into the canyons again.
I've still got a few days left, but I'm taking a pizza and beer break tonight in Beaver. I'll head back into the mountains tomorrow for a couple more nights of backpacking.
Hope you made it home OK.
The pic below shows another view from near the Burr Trail near Deer Creek. Deer Creek runs below the white cliffs of Navajo sandstone in the distance. I spent a couple of days backpacking through the area in the pic. If you get a chance to go back and the wife has some dual sport tires on the Vee, you've gotta give the Trail a shot. You can camp at Deer Creek or anywhere away from the road in the area between the Park and the Escalante Monument along the Bullfrog road.