Join us on a high elevation adventure to Hells Backbone!
Hells Backbone & Boulder Mountains
This 6 hour wild backway tour departs Torrey, Utah and can be taken in reverse directions either towards the town of Boulder or by first traversing the higher elevations from the west. During the tour we reach the Escalante River canyon country which is an experience all its own and is not to be missed.
Hell’s Backbone Bridge is approximately the halfway point. At 8,850 feet in elevation, two large canyons drop dramatically away in opposite directions, leaving only a narrow span of rock between them. This is the Hell’s Backbone. The Civilian Conservation Corps, in a display of bold engineering and daring tenacity, built a wooden bridge to take cars across this natural passageway. The original bridge has since been replaced by modern concrete and steel, but you can still see remnants of wooden beams beneath the structure and beside the road.
Season/Timing: June to October (best fall colors Sept25-Oct15)
Highlights: Hell’s Backbone Bridge, Bluebell Knoll, Posey Lake, Escalante River Canyon overlook, famous Hogsback on UT-12 and more!
Boulder Mountain overlooks Capitol Reef National Park from the west at over 11,000 feet. The mountain’s 50,000 timbered acres cover half of the Aquarius Plateau (an uplift along the Colorado Plateau), making it the highest forested plateau in North America. We’ll take a short hike to Blue Bell Knoll, also known as Boulder Top by locals, is the highest peak on Boulder Mountain at 11,317 feet.
- Your guide will insure your safety by taking all necessary precautions.
- Plenty of water, but please bring your personal reusable water bottle.
- A full lakeside lunch is included, but bring your own snacks.
- Pick-up in Torrey/Capitol Reef area from your lodging facility.
What You Will Need
- Bring personal medications and make us aware of any medical conditions at the time of booking.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear for your desired level of exposure. Sandals are fine on most tours that are not based on hiking. We do not provide rain gear or jackets. You will be required to bring a warm jacket from October through April.
- Sunscreen, hat, repellant and personal items.
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