Your Guide to Attractions and Activities on Utah's Scenic Byways

Burr Trail Scenic Backway

What you're in for

Paved (30 mi.) and gravel road
Passenger cars in good weather
May be impassable when wet
66 miles (one way) to Utah 276

The Burr Trail Scenic Backway winds through deep slickrock canyons and rolling desert forests while providing access to the eastern portion of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the southern half of Capitol Reef National Park, and a northern section of Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The backway passes by Deer Creek Campground and Trailhead, through Long Canyon, into the heart of the Circle Cliffs, and down the Burr Trail Switchbacks that drop nearly 800 feet in about a mile while zigging and zagging down the Waterpocket Fold. Various vista points along this backway offer thrilling views of sprawling scenery—of buttes, mesas, plateaus and mountain peaks. The Burr Trail connects with Highway 276, just north of Bullfrog Marina on Lake Powell.