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Address: 20 Miles East of Torrey, Junction Highway 24, Capitol Reef National Park, UT 84775

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This 10 mile (each way) road is utterly amazing. The last 2.5 miles are on gravel road that are also well worth taking. Amazing vistas throughout the drive, with plenty of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Arizona
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This 10 mile (each way) road is utterly amazing. The last 2.5 miles are on gravel road that are also well worth taking. Amazing vistas throughout the drive, with plenty of pull-outs. A standout was going the last 2 1/2 miles on the gravel road that I was able to do in my little car.

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New York
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Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Wonderful drive between beautiful mountains ends in 2 mile dirt road. The dirt road is a really scary at times but worth it. At the end you can do an easy hike on an old road between two sheer vertical walls. The only problem is that there are no markings so you don't know were to stop and then back.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

This starts out like an ordinary dirt road, though with an excellent view of the Waterpocket Fold. Give it some time. The view keeps getting better even as the road gets past the farms and into the wilderness. Though it crosses several washes and shouldn't be attempted if rain is threatened or has recently been falling, it is kept well... More 

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Reviewed 7 July 2015 via mobile

The end of the road was pretty rough. We were in a Camry and did just fine. Great scenery. Saw big horn sheep. Watch out for deer. Keep it slow and make it a point to do the drive.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Reviewed 26 June 2015

My wife and I took this driving tour in 2009 and wanted to do it again in May 2015. We stopped at the visitor center at Torrey to use the facilities and to make sure the gravel roads were passable, and all was dry. We turned south off of Hwy 24 onto the Notom Road, which is paved more now... More 

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Utah
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Reviewed 10 November 2014

This was our second time on the Notom Road from the eastern edge of Capitol Reef NP south 30 miles or so to the junction with the Burr Trail Road that runs between Boulder and Bullfrog UT. The Notom Road parallels the Waterpocket Fold for several miles and offers some spectacular views just from the road. We expect this road... More 

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Utah
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Reviewed 3 November 2014

Took from Bullfrog to Boulder. Rough roads that are sometimes impassable. Ask and watch for rain. Super cool to be in a place not alot of people have been.

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Milan, Italy
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Reviewed 24 September 2014

We enjoyed driving on this dirt road which runs along Capitol Reef on our trip from Canyonlands to Denver. Along the way there are plenty of sights, primitive campgrounds ( always the best ;) ), and canyons to hike. Particularly wonderful the Muley Twist Canyon and Cedar Mesa campground. At the end prepare for the switchbacks but if you have... More 

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Albany, OR
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Reviewed 23 September 2014

If one takes the Burr Trail, then the road to Notom is the natural finale. The scenery is wonderful, the road is well-maintained and fit for all two wheel drive vehicles (ours is a Corvette), and there's practically no traffic!

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Jonesboro, Arkansas
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Reviewed 17 September 2014 via mobile

This road follows the Waterpocket Fold, the major geologic feature of Capitol Reef NP. It is very long monocline that exposes a wide variety of rock strata. The vistas along the road are fantastic. I drove my Hyundai Tucson and encountered absolutely no problems. It is clear that this would not be the case if the road were wet. Ask... More 

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