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The Burr Trail

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 1 February 2015 in Landscape & Rural.

No roads cross up and over the Waterpocket Fold except this one. John Burr built the trail in the 1880s to move cattle. The trail climbs 800 feet (243 meters) in less than a half-mile (0.8 kilometers). The trail was turned into a road in 1948 by the Atomic Energy Commission to aid in uranium mining. It's steep but wide and easy to drive. It's much less scary than the Mokee Dugway which we'll see later.

Where's the road? Right ahead in that gap in the rocks.

Capitol Reef National Park
Part of the Great American West series.

This is my 3,000th post! Many thanks to my friends on aminus3 for keeping photography interesting and helping me up my game.

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great landscape Steve

1 Feb 2015 5:29am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Awesome landscape

1 Feb 2015 5:34am

PATRICK from miramas, France

top compo

1 Feb 2015 6:18am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

Like wildlands from some ancient landscape. Beautiful.

1 Feb 2015 6:57am

julie from France

Félicitations Steve pour ces 3000 instants de partage et découverte...
Bon dimanche... :)

1 Feb 2015 7:03am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Beautiful shapes, texture and colours in the rocks!
Congratulations for the 3,000 shots displayed here!

1 Feb 2015 7:52am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France


1 Feb 2015 8:03am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Great composition . We can imagine when he was walking there with the cattle !

1 Feb 2015 9:00am

Veronique from Tarbes, France

I think I didn't understand....I can't see any road :-)

1 Feb 2015 9:53am

@Veronique: You'll see it tomorrow for sure. ;-)

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Bravo à toi pour ces 3000 photos!!!! Un superbe paysage!!!

1 Feb 2015 10:04am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

How much space !! you must know not to get lost !! pretty rocks

1 Feb 2015 11:05am

Devi from Chennai, India

what a lovely landscape here !!!

1 Feb 2015 11:16am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful shot of a magnificent landscape. Textures are beautiful.

1 Feb 2015 12:21pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great wild nature !

1 Feb 2015 12:53pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Magnificent view of the scene. Beautiful.

1 Feb 2015 1:39pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Sueprbe décor cette roche l'herbe sèche fnatastique décor.

1 Feb 2015 2:40pm

Don - Slackwater from Spokane, United States

An interesting scene with a combination of sage brush and interesting hills beyond. Well done.

1 Feb 2015 3:30pm

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

interesting landscape

1 Feb 2015 4:28pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Each landscape has its own beauty in its ruggedness

1 Feb 2015 4:31pm

Shiva from Berwick, Canada

Thank you, Steve - I needed your little detail ---- it must be a great view from high up on the Mountain Rpad. I assume they had to put fill in the gap between the two rocks ---- how did the cattle manage !!!
Kindest regards and thanks for sharing --- Monika

1 Feb 2015 8:21pm

@Shiva: I wondered the same thing. They must have been tough cattle . . . and people.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful composition, colors, lighting & textures!
Amazing series!

1 Feb 2015 9:40pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

fantastic detail and good description of this place that puts everything into perspective...

2 Feb 2015 2:07am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien ce lieu

2 Feb 2015 8:30am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Excellent long view - it looks to be an impossible trail!

2 Feb 2015 9:33am

Diana from Olympia, United States


2 Feb 2015 11:28pm

Sam from Chennai, India

What a beautiful view. Wonderful landscape. Excellent. :)

3 Feb 2015 3:10am