Although Factory Butte is famous for its OHV areas, few realize that the area is also a popular site to view wildflowers in the spring when Factory Butte is in full bloom.
Tourists stop in at Factory Butte to photograph fields of desert flowers and blooming cacti. These blooming fields provide a stunning foreground for the North Caineville Mesa and Factory Butte formations.
The best time of year to enjoy the flowers of Factory Butte is during the spring from late March to early June. Bright purplemat and bee-plant yellow flowers cover the foreground of the Factory Butte rock formation.
Factory Butte has been prominently photographed because of its dramatic mancos-shale ridges and flowering desert landscape.
With the new regulations at Factory Butte, these sightseers will continue to enjoy these views and many of these plants will continue to flourish in their natural habitat.
Cathedral Valley Scenic Backway
The road starts at Highway 70, runs south approximately 55 miles to Highway 24, one half mile west of Caineville past the Limestone Cliffs, through the Red Desert and the Last Chance Desert. There are striking views of the Mussentuchit badlands, and the Temple of the Moon and Sun formations are accessible. The road is a single-lane road with a dirt base. High clearance vehicles are recommended.
Notom Road and Burr Trail
Notom Road leads from Utah Highway 24 at the eastern boundary of Capitol Reef National Park to the junction of Burr Trail Road. The Burr Trail runs south to Bullfrog on Lake Powell. The Notom road segment parallels the Waterpocket Fold and provides an excellent opportunity to view the magnitude of this colorful and desolate rock spine. East of the backway are expansive views of the Henry Mountains and Mancos Mesas foothills. The Burr Trail road crosses softly rolling mancos hills, and then follows a deeply incised canyon to Lake Powell. The road is paved in Wayne County, but is a well-maintained dirt road in Garfield county. Check with Capitol Reef National Park of the BLM Hanksville office for current road conditions.