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  1. #1
    aka Cherith Cutestory
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    Burr Trail Road in Utah

    Anyone ever rode the Burr Trail Road through Capitol Reef in Utah? I'm looking at riding it as part of a tour in May and was wondering how rough the dirt portion was.

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    40 yrs bike touring
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    Long Canyon and the Burr Trail are a great choice. Just beautiful. I would call the ranger at Boulder,Utah or at the Capitol Reef Headquarters for current conditions.

    The road surface changes with the degree of rain each year-rockfall, exposed gravel and imbedded rocks. If you are heading East the distance between the pavement end and next paved portion is under 20 miles as I recall. [Maybe more of it is paved by now! ]

    The main problem that I had there a few years ago was at the East end of the Burr Trail- deep sand through the E-W notch crossing the Water Pocket Fold heading toward Bull Frog Basin. I could have used a wider tire with more air volume for more float in the sandy portions.

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    Hooked on Touring
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    Here's a pic from a few years back - October not May.
    May should be fine, but the high country can get a late snow.
    And that dirt stretch - - includes a big set of hairpins downhill if going east -
    Steep uphill if heading west.
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