Utah February 19, 2017
There’s A Tiny Town In Utah Completely Surrounded By Breathtaking Natural Beauty
Utah has such a widespread and varied beauty, that most towns are surrounded by gorgeous scenery. But in Southern Utah, many of our tiny towns are literally surrounded by national parks, monuments, recreation areas and state parks. While it’s hard to choose just one, today we’ll focus on the tiny town of Boulder.
When you look at Boulder on a map, you can see that it's surrounded by some of Utah's most beautiful places.
The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is right in Boulder's backyard. The town is also very close to Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Kodachrome Basin State Park. The town is situated along scenic Highway 12.
Here are just a few of the many gorgeous places you can see within an hour or so of Boulder.
Boulder is a tiny town with around 220 residents (as of the 2012 Census).
It's a tight-knit community that is literally surrounded by physical beauty in every direction.
Scenic Highway 12 stretches between Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park.
You could spend months exploring all the incredible natural wonders found along this stretch of road.
Calf Creek Falls
You'll find the Calf Creek Campground about 11 miles south of Boulder, along Highway 12. A three-mile hike from the campground takes you to this peaceful oasis with its 24-foot waterfall. Depending on the time of year, you can cool off in the pool below. The hike is fairly level, but strenuous, since you'll be walking through fairly deep sand.
The Burr Trail starts in Boulder and winds it ways through canyons and valleys for 69 miles until it reaches Capitol Reef National Park. The first
Singing Canyon is a slot canyon that's easily accessible from the Burr Trail.
It's said to have perfect acoustics. Just a hundred feet or so from the road, this slot canyon is a quick, easy hike that's perfect for almost everyone. You might even stumble across a musician or vocalist when you visit - the sound inside this canyon really is incredible.
People traveling along Highway 12 may opt to take the Hell's Backbone Road, which makes a loop from Boulder to Escalante. The road takes you through some of Utah's most incredible scenery. The road is graded gravel, and navigable for most cars during the dry season. There are some white-knuckle moments along this road - with its sheer drop offs. Hell's Backbone Bridge is a narrow, two-lane bridge with thousand-foot drops on either side, but the view is amazing!
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is about 70 miles from Boulder. While the photos of this park are simply stunning, even the most talented photographer cannot capture the grandeur that is Bryce. The endless vistas and colorful, unique hoodoos lend an air of mystery and enchantment to this park. You truly have to see these views for yourself!
Capitol Reef National Park
Capitol Reef National Park is just 39 miles from Boulder. The 241,904-acre park is full of varied natural wonders. From unique sandstone formations, to the Waterpocket Fold (a deep wrinkle in the dearth's crust) to the old barn and fruit orchards, Capitol Reef offers tons of opportunities for exploration.
From the Upper Muley Twist parking lot, you'll have a great view of the Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile long wrinkle in the earth's crust.
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Just 68 miles from Boulder, Kodachrome Basin State Park is often overlooked in favor of Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, though it offers much of the same beauty. The park got its name from the then-new Kodachrome color film, due to its richly-colored sandstone formations.
Have you visited Boulder?
If you’re in search of another tiny town in Southern Utah that’s surrounded by beauty,
check out Torrey!