Wolverine Loop Road Drive

Boulder, Utah

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This is a spur off the once-wild Burr Trail Road, a.k.a. Boulder to Bullfrog Road, tamed by asphalt in 1990 to the park boundary. Among the attractions are the Circle Cliffs and the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area, all of it located amid one of the largest and most remote wildlands remaining in the Lower 48. Like dammed rivers, paved roads can have tributaries that recall the main stem’s wild past. So it is with Wolverine Loop Road. It courses beneath the soaring Circle Cliffs, Wingate sandstone that was once the dunes of a Triassic-Jurassic (144–208 million years ago) desert and then crosses a grassy valley.
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Utah Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This is a spur off the once-wild Burr Trail Road, a.k.a. Boulder to Bullfrog Road, tamed by asphalt in 1990 to the park boundary. Among the attractions are the Circle Cliffs and the Wolverine Petrified Wood Natural Area, all of it located amid one of the largest and most remote wildlands remaining in the Lower 48.

Like dammed rivers, paved roads can have tributaries that recall the main stem’s wild past. So it is with Wolverine Loop Road. It courses beneath the soaring Circle Cliffs, Wingate sandstone that was once the dunes of a Triassic-Jurassic (144–208 million years ago) desert and then crosses a grassy valley.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Boulder
Distance: 27.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Grand Staircase - Escalante National Monument
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 710 (Canyons of the Escalante)
Driving Directions: Directions to Wolverine Loop Road Drive

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