Locals of Boulder, Utah, call the small slot canyon along the Burr Trail the Singing Canyon. If you've ever been, you know exactly why.
I learned about Singing Canyon six years ago, on my first trip to the Boulder/Escalante area. I was invited to a dinner, where a classically-trained cellist told me that earlier in day she had been celebrating the amazing acoustics of Singing Canyon by reverberating her beautiful notes for hours and hours. I went the next day and naturally broke into song—well before I knew the local's name for the canyon. It just feels right.
On a recent trip back, my friend Briahn performed a little concert with her Native American flute. Such a delicate instrument sounded so full in this high-walled, red canyon.
Getting there: Drive 11 miles east on the Burr Trail Road to a small, unmarked paved pullout on the north (left) side of the road. The narrow slot is visible across the wash. It's an easy 15-minute round-trip hike.
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