Explore the past, revel in outdoor adventure and grab a tasty bite to eat on your trip to Boulder.
- Delve into the past at the Anasazi State Park and Museum, which includes an Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) village dating to about A.D. 1050 to 1200. Visit a life-sized, six-room replica of an ancient dwelling, and view part of the original site, in addition to exploring artifacts found onsite.
- Hell’s Backbone Grill isn’t just a meal; it’s an experience. Travelers will be pleasantly surprised to find this Zagat-rated organic eatery, which is run on Buddhist principles with a focus on sustainability. The food is organic and locally produced, matched with the seasons. Be sure to also explore a few of Boulder’s other restaurants, including Sweetwater Kitchen and Burr Trail Grill.
- Offering around 70 miles of backcountry roads, driving the Burr Trail is a favorite way to explore. Out of Boulder, follow the route for 30 paved miles, entering Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument — passing by Deer Creek campground, trailheads and the Long Canyon slot canyon. After 30 miles, the pavement ends and it enters Capitol Reef National Park, descending switchbacks — not suitable for trailers — and eventually connecting with Notom-Bullfrog Road.
- Boulder is a gateway to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, packed with slot canyons, slickrock and opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, camping, stargazing and more. Capitol Reef National Park is also nearby, including the spectacular formation called the Waterpocket Fold. This land of fascinating geology also beholds a rich pioneer heritage and plenty of opportunities for outdoor exploration.
Things To Know
- Boulder is located on Scenic Byway 12, and it’s located about 45 minutes from the junction with S.R. 24 (between Capitol Reef National Park and Torrey).
- The Hogsback section of Highway 12 is a short ways south of Boulder, providing a steep section of winding switchbacks overlooking the monument.
- Notom-Bullfrog is a mostly unpaved backcountry road which can lead to Boulder along the Burr Trail. Be sure to check road conditions before setting out. You may need a high-clearance four-wheel drive vehicle to attempt this route, and all backcountry roads may be impassable in certain conditions.