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The name Boulder Mountain is commonly used to refer to the high plateau area, including the Aquarius Plateau, between Hwy 24 (Loa/Torrey) and Hwy 12 (Escalante/Bouder). It is one of two major high-elevation lake areas in Utah; the other is the Uinta Mountains, in northeastern Utah.
There are approximately 80 small lakes on Boulder Mountain (depending on how loosely you use the term "lake" - some are pretty small). Most waters are managed as fisheries. Several streams also contain significant fish populations and provide good angling opportunities.
Most of the high lake areas in the US are located in the north and have harsh climates. Snow piles deep on Boulder Mountain, but it has a considerably longer fishing, hiking and camping season than the Uintas or Wyoming's Wind Rivers.
Much of the mountain is heavily forested and the land is managed by the Dixie National Forest.
There are countless roads on the mountain, providing direct vehicle access to many lakes. Of the lakes not accessible by vehicle, virtually all are within three miles of a road. (Check with the Forest Service, because there is a movement underway to close some unimproved roads, to prevent erosion and improve habitat for fish and wildlife.)
Barker Reservoir on Boulder Mountain Most back roads are extremely rough (in harmony with the name Boulder Mountain), and can only be traveled using high clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles.
Long backpack trips are possible on the mountain and lead through remarkable country with incredible scenery.
Many thanks to Solstock and Anna Lenabem for their wonderful texture overlays.
November 2nd, 2012
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