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Best trails in Boulder

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Looking for a great trail near Boulder, Utah? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, views trails, wildlife trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Capitol Reef National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Scorpion Wilderness Study Area or Phipps Death Hollow Natural Area. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Boulder ranging from 0.8 to 39.5 miles and from 4,517 to 10,088 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Boulder
Top trails (28)
#1 - Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Calf Creek Falls is one of the most well known and unique features in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The trail follows Calf Creek to the falls. Elevation change on the trail is minimal, but the trail is sandy and walking can be strenuous, especially in hot weather. In contrast, the falls provide a delightfully cool, shady haven which makes the hike well worth the effort. Show more
#2 - Upper Calf Creek Falls Trail
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
This is a short hike over slickrock with cairns to show the way. Farther along the trail shows better when the rock gives way to soil. The views right from the trail register are stunning and varied with much variety of geological formations and rocks. The falls are cool with a sort of oasis appeal along the creek. Be sure to take a little water because the rocks and the climb will bring a little thirst. There are no fees for this hike.Show more
#3 - Upper Muley Twist
Capitol Reef National Park
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 5 h 4 m
The start of this trailhead is from the 4WD trail head if you start from the 2WD trailhead it would be another 4.8 miles and another 140 ft elevation gainShow more
#4 - The 100 Hands Pictographs
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 36 m
100 Hands Pictograph trail is a hike along cliffs overlooking the Escalante River the northeast. It contains three Fremont era pictograph panels along the trail, 100 hands, the Bighorn Panel and the Shaman and the Hunter Panel. Park in the Escalante River parking lot, look west. There's a private house with a split rail fence, walk towards the fence and stay OUTSIDE their property, on the right/north side of the fence. The trail should become immediately apparent.Show more
#5 - Cosmic Ashtray via Volcano Trail
North Escalante Canyons Study Area
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
The Cosmic Ashtray is a difficult trail leading to a unique land formation. The hike starts out sandy and soon turns to slick rock leading to the geological wonder. It can be very hot on this unmarked trail. It is not recommended to go into the ashtray/pit alone or without a rope. This is a cool hike, but beware that it's really dangerous if you don't know what you're doing and aren't prepared with survival supplies. First, 4WD is typically required to get to the trail head, as you will pass over deeply-rutted hills and very uneven slickrock in your vehicle. If you attempt this trail, you MUST have a GPS with you--it is very easy to get lost otherwise, and then exhaust yourself in the alternating sand/slick rock up-and-down. There are no cairns to mark the trail. Do not attempt to go into the ashtray without a rope anchored outside the pit, with someone holding it. Otherwise you could be stuck there for days under direct sun before someone finds you, as this is not a well-trafficked site. Spring and Fall would be best temperature-wise for this hike.Show more
#6 - Singing Canyon Trail
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 0.3 mi • Est. 14 m
Singing Canyon trail is known for its acoustics, that alone makes it a destination for some. However one is greeted by 80 ft. tall walls splashed with red, purple and pink colorations. It is also heavily shaded so it is a nice respite in summer temperatures. Show more
#7 - Death Hollow and Escalante River
Box-Death Hollow Wilderness
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Length: 34.9 mi • Est. Multi-day
This is a popular loop hike that takes you into Death Hollow Canyon to the junction of the Escalate River, Then up the Escalante River to the Historic Boulder Mail Trail which returns back to the Boulder Mail Trailhead. Also includes a side trip to Mamie Creek natural BridgeShow more
#8 - Little Death Hollow and Wolverine Canyon Loop
North Escalante Canyons Study Area
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Length: 29.2 mi • Est. Multi-day
Little Death Hollow is absolutely fun! The slot Canyon (3 feet wide width apart on either side) goes on for several miles. The trip back up the Wolverine Canyon is breathtaking too. You trade the soft curves of slot style canyons for Swiss cheese pock marks along the Canyon walls. While not qualifying as a slot, the pass weaves in and out of 5 foot to 30 feet widths. So you still get the maze feel of the slots. The actual hiking is moderate, probably due to the minimal elevations change and mostly gradually down hill, but the minimal water sources and distances to get back to your car makes it a ‘hard’ rating.Show more
#9 - Burr Trail OHV Road
Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
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Length: 66.2 mi
The Burr Trail road, originally a cattle trail blazed by stockman John Atlantic Burr, extends from the town of Boulder on Utah Hwy 12 to the Notom-Bullfrog Road, and continues to the Bullfrog Marina and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Much of the road lies outside the boundary of Capitol Reef and traverses the Circle Cliffs, Long Canyon, and The Gulch. The 8.5 mile (13.7 km) stretch of road inside Capitol Reef includes a breathtaking set of switchbacks rising some 800 feet (244 m) in only one-half mile (0.8 km). These switchbacks are not considered suitable for RVs or vehicles towing trailers. From Boulder to the west boundary of Capitol Reef, the Burr Trail road is paved. Inside the park it remains a graded dirt road and is subject to change due to weather conditions. Visitors should inquire about road and weather conditions before traveling. This is not a hiking trail.Show more
#10 - Death Hollow
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Length: 14 mi • Est. 7 h 12 m
trail as shown is just the first leg of what's generally done as a one or two overnight with car shuttle, starting by parking near the Boulder Airstrip, hiking cross country to Death Hollow, then hiking down to the Escalante River, back to UT12, and shuttling back to the trailhead trailhead can be somewhat difficult to find - go to 37°53'23.14"N 111°27'33.20"W near Boulder, off UT12 on the way to Hell's Backbone, turn onto the suspicious looking dirt road, pass the wrecked plane used as a marker http://www.panoramio.com/photo/7139466 and cross the airstrip (watch for incoming planes, almost non-existent) at 37°53'5.64"N 111°27'48.44"W, then continue to trailhead at 37°53'3.16"N 111°27'52.14"W this trail is not for the faint of heart, and is widely known for poison ivyShow more
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