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Boulder Mountain, Scenic Byway Utah Route 12

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Boulder Mountain along Utah Scenic Byway 12

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Boulder Mountain along Utah Scenic Byway 12

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Boulder Mountain along Utah Scenic Byway 12

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Boulder Mountain along Utah Scenic Byway 12

As it winds along the east flanks of Boulder Mountain, Scenic Byway 12 climbs to an altitude of more than 9,000 feet and affords breathtaking views of the rugged, rainbow-hued landscape stretching out below. The mountain was first plotted on an 1872 map by Almon Thompson, the cartographer with the John Wesley Powell Survey. However, the area was already well known to various Native American people, who left behind evidence that they lived and thrived in the pristine hills and hollows. Immediately surrounding the highway is a landscape of glistening aspen, pine, spruce, and fir. Wildlife, including deer, elk, mountain lion, and numerous small mammal and bird species, thrive here. Alpine mountain meadows are dotted with countless small lakes, reservoirs, and streams that attract trout fishing. Many forest roads and trails provide access to these thousands of acres of forest.