""Loop the fold" Part 1: Notom-Bullfrog Road" Top 5 Page for this destination Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do Tip by goodfish

Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do: 105 reviews and 247 photos


This first section of the loop heads south from Hwy 24, abt. 9 miles east of the Visitor Center, and runs 35 miles south to Burr Trail - 20 of them over washboard dirt/gravel and a few washes so it's not frequented by the majority of park-goers. It's sandwiched between the colorful, tilted thrust of Waterpocket on the east, Henry Mountains to the west, with lots of scenery in between. You'll pass by ranch lands, spurs to some nice slot canyon hikes (see the park website), interesting rock formations, and pullouts with signed points of interest/viewpoints along the way. One of them is a distant glimpse of a lonely pioneer cemetery with the grave of Elijah Behunin's (remember him?) eldest child. Also named Elijah, he died at 14 from a ruptured appendix and is buried on a hilltop near what was the settlement of Notom - after which the road gets its name.

We turned west at Burr Trail for this loop but Notom-Bullfrog can be followed another 40 miles or so (35 of them more dirt/gravel) to Bullfrog Marina at Lake Powell. As mentioned in my overview, the unpaved stretch of this road is often impassable after heavy rain so check with the park office before packing the car, and I don't recommend it for RVs or trailers.

Address: Capitol Reef National Park, Utah
othercontact: http://www.nps.gov/care/planyour
Website: http://www.nps.gov/care/planyourvisit/waterpocketdistrict.htm

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  • Updated Nov 4, 2011
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