hole-in-the-wall-blogAn outlaw trail ranged all the way from Canada to Mexico and Butch Cassidy knew the way like the back of his hand. He wasn’t wanted in a number of states, including New Mexico, and one of his favorite hideaways was Alma, a small town in the Mogollon Mountains near the Arizona border. It was a Mormon community, so Butch fit in quite well as long as he behaved.

The favorite sanctuaries for the Wild Bunch were Hole in the Wall, in central Wyoming, and Brown’s Park in northeast Utah, near the Wyoming and Colorado borders. The third was Robber’s Roost in Utah. The wild country served the outlaws well. Hole in the Wall wasn’t really a hole, but a narrow path along a cliff. The entrance could be guarded and riders could be seen approaching from a great distance. And it was easily defendable. The men holed up there at Butch’s Blue Creek Ranch.

Brown’s Park was also a former mountain men retreat. During the 1820’s, fur trappers looked for a place to “hole up,” a place that was well-watered, sheltered from severe storms, and had plenty of game. For the outlaw’s advantage, it gave a quick escape into Colorado or Wyoming if a posse approached.

Robber’s Roost was Butch’s fall-back retreat. All these places were formidable natural fortresses and few lawmen attempted to penetrate them.

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