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Burro Wash leads approximately four and a half miles west from Notom-Bullfrog Road. It contains an ever-changing landscape of tight narrows, high dry falls and sculpted sandstone.

Burro Wash is one of five canyons that cuts through the Waterpocket Fold within Capitol Reef National Park. It can be accessed via Notom-Bullfrog Road by two-wheel drive vehicles. There is no developed parking area for this route, only turn outs along the roadway. The canyon is characterized by Navajo sandstone walls, tight narrows and high pour-offs. Anyone attempting this hike should consult rangers at the Visitor Center before beginning.

The following description was written by Park Service personnel. Current conditions should be obtained at the Visitor Center before entering Burro Wash. About two miles in from the Notom Road, the canyon begins to narrow as it cuts into the Navajo Sandstone, the buff colored rock that is the most visible component of the Waterpocket Fold. At this point the canyon consists of bedrock that has been sculpted by flood waters into smooth, fluted walls and potholes. As you proceed further up the canyon, two sets of narrows are encountered that are just wide enough to squeeze through while wearing a day-pack.

About three miles in from the trailhead lies a high dry fall. This obstacle can be bypassed, however, by backtracking a couple of hundred
yards, then scrambling up the steeply sloping north wall of the canyon and,
finally, descending to the wash above the pour-off. Another mile of hiking
through the narrow, winding canyon brings you to a final, impassable dry fall. The trail ends at this point.

Directions: From Highway 24, Drive southward on the Notom-Bullfrog Road 7.8 miles to Burro Wash. Park along the road, but beware of deep sand. Do not park in the wash.

Elevation: 5,180 feet

Ending Elevation: 5,600 feet

Usage: Moderate

Difficulty: Moderate

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Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

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