Boulder Mountain

High mountain fishing above Utah’s redrock country

People often say their travels around Boulder Mountain remind them of the Uinta Mountains (another great fishing destination) east of Salt Lake City. But the Boulders have something the Uintas don’t — stunning mega views of Utah’s famous brilliantly colored deserts.

Sitting just outside of Capitol Reef National Park, this 11,000-foot peak is heavily forested and home to more than 80 lakes, ponds and reservoirs. With an average rainfall multiple inches more than the lower regions, the area makes for some surprisingly good fishing.

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Alpine Fishing Above the Red Rock Landscapes of Southern Utah

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Sitting just outside of Capitol Reef National Park, this 11,000-foot peak offers views of the surrounding red canyons and desert-like region. In contrast, Boulder Mountain is heavily forested and home to more than 80 lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. With an average rainfall multiple inches more than the lower regions, the area makes for some surprisingly good fishing.

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About the Fish

The mountain’s claim to fame is that the state record brook trout — 7 pounds, 8 ounces — was caught in its waters in 1971. On the waters expect to catch:

  • Tiger Trout
  • Brook Trout
  • Colorado River Cutthroat Trout
  • Arctic Grayling

Access to the Waters

There are a variety of different ways to access the lakes, ponds and reservoirs on Boulder Mountain. Some of the more remote areas require off-road vehicles, and you may need to hike a bit to get to reach them. But, many of the lakes are accessed from the dirt-packed Boulder Top Road, which runs north/south from Highway 24 and starts about 2.5 miles east of Bicknell. Drive past the Perry Egan Hatchery and look for signs indicating Forest Road 154.

For paved road access, take Scenic Byway 12, which runs between Torrey and Boulder, and drive to find some less-out-of-the-way waters. Bonus: It’s a stunning drive during the fall.

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