Baxter Pass

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Baxter Pass is a historic corridor that follows the Uintah Narrow Gauge Rail Line built between 1905 and 1906. The rail line was originally used to haul an additive substance known as Gilsonite. Gilsonite was used in asphalt, inks, paints, and oil-drilling fluids. The rail line existed until 1939 when trucks were utilized for hauling. What remains today is a long stretch of road and one remaining building, a machine shop. The road is comprised of hard-packed dirt, with rocky sections near the top of the pass. On the near south side of the pass, the road narrows to only one vehicle width wide, where caution will be required for any oncoming traffic. It can be traveled in either direction and takes you through six wide canyons. As you drive through the canyons, an oil and gas line is a visual cue for most of the trip. Suitable for any high-clearance vehicle in dry conditions. As the r ad weaves mostly through private property, there is no camping.