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Burr Trail Switchbacks on the Waterpocket Fold
Capitol Reef National Park, Utah


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West of the Waterpocket Fold on the Burr Trail

West of the Waterpocket Fold on the Burr Trail

Approaching the Waterpocket Fold from the west on the Burr Trail there is just a hint of the spectacular escarpment and canyons ahead

Burr Trail Scenic Byway west of the switchbacks, Utah

Date photographed: May 3, 2014
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Above the Burr Trail switchbacks

Above the Burr Trail switchbacks

Pioneer cattlemen found this was the best place to drive their herds across the steep barrier of the Waterpocket Fold

Burr Trail Switchbacks, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Date photographed: May 3, 2014
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Burr Trail road switchbacks

Burr Trail road switchbacks

The Burr Trail has been repeatedly widened and improved but is still an exciting drive

Burr Trail Switchbacks, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Date photographed: May 3, 2014
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Burr Trail switchbacks

Burr Trail switchbacks

The Burr Trail was developed in 1876 by rancher John Atlantic Burr to move his cattle between low winter grazing and summer mountain ranges. A gap in the massive white Navajo sandstone here allowed switchbacks to be carved into softer red rock behind.

Burr Trail Switchbacks, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Date photographed: May 3, 2014
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Base of the Burr Trail switchbacks

Base of the Burr Trail switchbacks

The old cattle trail took advantage of this gap in the white Navajo sandstone and climbed up the softer red rock behind in eight sweeping switchbacks. It is now the most memorable part of the highly scenic Burr Trail backcountry route.

Burr Trail Switchbacks, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Date photographed: May 3, 2014
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