Tantalus Flats

Torrey, Utah

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Capitol Reef National Park’s Waterpocket Fold is the decided focus of the Tantalus Flats tour with its uplifted and inclined sandstones played in colors of white, gold, and reddish orange; profound canyons that elude sunshine; and rotundas of lithified dunes. Of course you can waltz through similar terrain elsewhere in southern Utah’s canyon country. But no other route combines such desert splendor with an alpine approach. Pulsating through heat vapors rising from the distant desert floor awaits Capitol Reef, marked by the Waterpocket Fold’s unwavering lineation of naked sandstone knobs. And the Henry Mountains, which tower above the Reef, add additional alpine components. You embark from the alpine while viewing the desert; by midday, you’ll be engulfed by the desert and look back at Boulder. The route starts with 3 miles of pavement of Utah State Hwy. 12, followed by 3.5 miles of packed dirt doubletrack to near Lower Bowns Reservoir. Thereafter the route follows doubletracks that vary from packed dirt, to rock-studded, to sand.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Capitol Reef National Park’s Waterpocket Fold is the decided focus of the Tantalus Flats tour with its uplifted and inclined sandstones played in colors of white, gold, and reddish orange; profound canyons that elude sunshine; and rotundas of lithified dunes. Of course you can waltz through similar terrain elsewhere in southern Utah’s canyon country. But no other route combines such desert splendor with an alpine approach.

Pulsating through heat vapors rising from the distant desert floor awaits Capitol Reef, marked by the Waterpocket Fold’s unwavering lineation of naked sandstone knobs. And the Henry Mountains, which tower above the Reef, add additional alpine components. You embark from the alpine while viewing the desert; by midday, you’ll be engulfed by the desert and look back at Boulder. The route starts with 3 miles of pavement of Utah State Hwy. 12, followed by 3.5 miles of packed dirt doubletrack to near Lower Bowns Reservoir. Thereafter the route follows doubletracks that vary from packed dirt, to rock-studded, to sand.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Torrey
Distance: 24
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March through late October
Trailhead Elevation: 8,750 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Dixie National Forest, Teasdale
Local Maps: USGS: Bear Canyon, Fruita, Golden Throne, Grover, and Lower Bowns Reservoir
Driving Directions: Directions to Tantalus Flats

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