What to do and see in Boulder, Utah: The Best Places and Tips

Boulder is a town in Garfield County, Utah, United States, 27 miles (44 km) northeast of Escalante on Utah Scenic Byway 12 at its intersection with the Burr Trail. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 226, a modest increase over the 2000 figure of 180.

1. Anasazi Indian Village State Park

Boulder, UT Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Ancient Ruins, Historic Sites, State Parks More
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4 based on 188 reviews

Anasazi Indian Village State Park

Park has a self-guided trail through a village that was inhabited a thousand years ago.

Reviewed By gold-vintner - Indianapolis, IndianaIndianapolis, Indiana

Don't underestimate the State Parks

Having been to Mesa Verde and several other sites with ruins, we had a basic understanding of what we were seeing here. They have a nice background film, a number of artifacts in the small museum as well as some ruins that you can observe.Entrance fee is

2. Devils Garden

Boulder, UT Nature & Parks, National Parks
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5 based on 72 reviews

Devils Garden

A designated area that offers a 7.2 mile loop in a natural park in Utah.

Reviewed By Lisa M - West Lafayette, IndianaWest Lafayette, Indiana

Hiking Hoodoos & Sandstone Rims

The drive to get to Devil’s Garden (down Hole-in-the-Rock (Gravel/Dirt) Road) is worth it if you’re looking for a quiet, out of the way, rustic experience to climb sandstone rock structures and explore the wildness of Grand Staircase Escalante National Pa

3. The Hogback

Route 12, Boulder, UT Sights & Landmarks, Outdoor Activities, Scenic Drives, Points of Interest & Landmarks More
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5 based on 9 reviews

The Hogback

Reviewed By BradJill - Hong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China

Amazing stretch of the Scenic Bypass Route 12 in southern Utah

The Hogback is a world-famous stretch of the Scenic ByPass Route 12 south of Boulder, Utah. Here the road cuts its way through rough yet gorgeous terrain before transecting the land upon a ridge with 1000 foot drops on both sides of the road. The scenery

4. Vermillion Cliffs

Boulder, UT Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Vermillion Cliffs

South of Zion National Park, this area is recommended.

Reviewed By Amelia H - Ventura, CaliforniaVentura, California

OMG

Vermilion Cliffs is a fairly new National Monument, thanks to Bill Clinton who created this during the last days he was in office. thank you Bill! This is an incredible area, so colorful, so vast, and so different from any other places on earth. Everywher

5. Circle Cliffs

Boulder, UT Nature & Parks, Geologic Formations
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4.5 based on 8 reviews

Circle Cliffs

An especially scenic portion of the Grand Staircase National Monument.

Reviewed By Mike45992 - Reno, NevadaReno, Nevada

Big country for wandering

The Circle Cliffs is an area that is surrounded (270 degrees) by tall sandstone cliffs. It is like being in a sedimentary rock stockaded. The east is against the Water Pocket Fold up-swell, the north is Capital Reef/Boulder Mt. and west are the cliffs eas

6. McGath's Lake Trail

McGath's Lake Road, Boulder, UT Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Hiking Trails
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5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By lisa w - sandy utahsandy utah

Boulder mountain at it's best!

If you like mountain hiking in the aspen and sagebrush, if you love Boulder Mountain this is for you! It is remote and the solitude is amazing. There is technically a road but even atv's have trouble making it. Fall is spectacular

7. Earth Tours Southern Utah

Enter a destinationBoulder, UT, USA
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5 based on 55 reviews

Earth Tours Southern Utah

Most importantly, our tours are fun!! Based in Boulder (Utah) for nearly 15 years, Earth Tours offers small group (<5 guests) and private tours of southern Utah - focusing on the Escalante Canyons and Capitol Reef. Dozens of secret hiking routes offer adventures with solitude. Our comfortable SUV accesses remote trailheads or comfortably transports less-active folks on Scenic Driving Tours. We customize each tour to ideally suit the interests and abilities of our guests.

Reviewed By jk039 - Los Altos, CaliforniaLos Altos, California

We learned so much

We were very fortunate to book a last-minute tour with Keith of Earth-tours, found him via Boulder Mountain Lodge. Terrific half-day excursion into Grand Staircase - Escalante in the area of Boulder. He was knowledgeable, passionate about geology and the area, and loves teaching. We hope to return to the area and will for sure arrange another tour with Keith when we do.

8. Utah Slickrock Guides

Enter a destinationBoulder, UT, USA
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5 based on 26 reviews

Utah Slickrock Guides

Hike with us in wild, remote Utah. We’re the authors of "Hiking from Here to WOW: Utah Canyon Country.” But we’ve decrypted many cross-country dayhikes we’ll never publicize. The scenery is national-park quality. And the solitude is delicious. Few hikers realize that Boulder is to slickrock hiking what Moab is to slickrock biking. What they miss here is astonishing. Let us show you.

Reviewed By GailWal - Oxford, United KingdomOxford, United Kingdom

Great new perspective on Escalante

Venturing off trail on the slickrock glories of Escalante had been a goal for me and my adult daughters on two previous trips. We finally achieved it thanks to Craig and Skye. They did a superb job of listening to our hopes and gauging our experience level. As a result, we had a more extended and rich day on the Whirling Dervish route than we had ever imagined possible. Both Craig and Skye modeled great technique traversing the slickrock so that we learned so much just by example. When we needed specific tips or any help, they were there. And we enjoyed lovely easy conversation that included some history and geology of the region. Travelling with these experienced guides gave us a whole new perspective on Grand Staircase.

9. Hell's Backbone Ranch and Trail

3619 Hell's Backbone Road, Boulder, UT 84716 Outdoor Activities, Horseback Riding Tours
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5 based on 16 reviews

Hell's Backbone Ranch and Trail

Reviewed By Kathy S - Walworth, WisconsinWalworth, Wisconsin

Very friendly and delicious fine dining

This restaurant was one of only a few in town, on scenic Highway 12. Enjoyed the smoked trout quesadilla. The craft beer was great as well. Dined on the patio, could hear the cattle lowing from being vaccinated. A memorable meal, friendly staff.

10. Desert DAWN

Enter a destinationBoulder, UT, USA
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5 based on 9 reviews

Desert DAWN

Desert DAWN Day Tours ~ Campfire Experiences ~ Multi-day Backcountry Adventures We look forward to designing your next Boulder, Utah based adventure through which we will share the treasures within the Escalante River Canyons and on Boulder Mountain. Desert DAWN guides live in Boulder, Utah and have hiked, guided and taught extensively on these lands. Come Home to Nature, It Welcomes You.

Reviewed By JuliaHailes - Beaminster, United KingdomBeaminster, United Kingdom

Excellent guide - friendly, informative and flexible....

We loved Jeff - owner, manager and guide at Desert Dawn. He was brilliant in sorting things our for us when we got caught in flash floods - staying up till 1am to make sure we got into our rooms. And then being totally flexible about our schedule for the next day's hiking. My two sons loved the day, which included finding a beautiful pool to swim in, as well as finding out about weather, rocks, bugs and anything else that came up.... If you come to the Boulder Mountain Lodge or anywhere in the vicinity book up a day or two with Jeff.....

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