Burr Point

Hanksville, Utah

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This ride, rated aerobically and technically easy, dishes up a swath of Burr Desert, a rolling, blackbrush-blanketed expanse of landscape squeezed between UT 95 and the Dirty Devil River. The curiously named river allegedly earned its moniker in 1869 when explorer John Wesley Powell and party passed the mouth of the Dirty Devil (which forms upstream where the Fremont River and Muddy Creek join forces), whose waters they found “exeedingly muddy and (with) an unpleasant odor.” One of the men remarked that the river was a dirty devil, and the name remains 130 years later. Where you’re headed on this ride, by the way, is not called Burr Point because you’re bound to be cold and shivery by the time you get there; rather, it received its name—like other things “Burr” in the region—in honor of John Atlantic Burr (whose middle name resulted from the fact that he was born while his Utah-bound parents were crossing the Atlantic). The legendary Burr Trail, located southwest of here and running through the Waterpocket Fold, was blazed by Burr as a cattle trail. General location: 15 miles south of Hanksville.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This ride, rated aerobically and technically easy, dishes up a swath of Burr Desert, a rolling, blackbrush-blanketed expanse of landscape squeezed between UT 95 and the Dirty Devil River. The curiously named river allegedly earned its moniker in 1869 when explorer John Wesley Powell and party passed the mouth of the Dirty Devil (which forms upstream where the Fremont River and Muddy Creek join forces), whose waters they found “exeedingly muddy and (with) an unpleasant odor.” One of the men remarked that the river was a dirty devil, and the name remains 130 years later.

Where you’re headed on this ride, by the way, is not called Burr Point because you’re bound to be cold and shivery by the time you get there; rather, it received its name—like other things “Burr” in the region—in honor of John Atlantic Burr (whose middle name resulted from the fact that he was born while his Utah-bound parents were crossing the Atlantic). The legendary Burr Trail, located southwest of here and running through the Waterpocket Fold, was blazed by Burr as a cattle trail. General location: 15 miles south of Hanksville.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hanksville
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy
Season: March through May; September through November
Local Contacts: BLM Henry Mountains Field Station, 435-542-3461
Local Maps: BLM Hanksville metric map; DeLorme Utah Atlas & Gazetteer, page 29
Driving Directions: Directions to Burr Point

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