In our previous blog we described our adventure on Burr Trail Road as it winds through Capitol Reef National Park. This blog will cover the return trip back to Torrey. After checking out an ancient granary on Rte. 12, we then returned to the little community of Boulder (pop. 180) to enjoy a real treat, a meal at Hell’s Backbone Grill.
Hell’s Backbone Grill has one of the highest Zagat ratings in Utah and was selected as a Fodor’s Choice 2006 recipient. The restaurant has also been voted “Best Restaurant in Southern Utah” by Salt Lake Magazine’s for the last five years in a row, and has been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other famous magazines and newspapers.
The restaurant uses herbs cut from a garden surrounding the building and most of their vegetables are organically grown on their nearby six acre farm.
- Cutting fresh herbs outside the dining area
Each of us had a different entree and each dish was delicious. What a treat to find such a great place to eat in a remote area. If you’re ever in the area be sure to stop by, but call first for a reservation as the restaurant is very popular and the dining area is small.
After a great meal we drove north on Rte. 12, headed for home. The road goes over Boulder Mountain, at a maximum altitude of well over 9’000 feet. Along the way we were able to spot a few herds of mule deer along the sides of the road.
The big treat of the drive was when we spotted a herd of elk, something our guides said was a rare occurrence. The herd was very skitterish and quickly moved up the hill as we pulled over.
We continued north to a viewpoint called Larb Hollow just in time to watch the changing views to the north and east as the sun went down behind us.
- Looking north toward Factory Mesa
- The sun sets on the Henry Mountains
We returned to the motorhome just after sunset after an trip of over 150 miles. Larry and Annette were excellent tour guides and have even volunteer to take us on another tour later in the week!
More on that later . . .