Central Utah Correctional Facility - Boulder

The Boulder Unit is located at the Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison, Utah. It is operated by the Utah Department of Corrections and includes the following housing units: Elm, Fir, Gale, and Hickory.


The Elm housing unit consists of six sections, and each one has 16 double-bunked cells. It can hold a maximum of 192 inmates (32 inmates per section). Elm One houses inmates with gang affiliations to separate them from the rest of the prison population. The inmates who live in Elm One have access to a limited amount of programming and educational opportunities. They also have regular access to the main recreation yard.

Elm Two and Elm Three both house general population inmates (levels 3, 4 and 5). These inmates have earned access to all programming, work and educational opportunities and are required to be productively engaged for 40 hours per week.

Elm Four houses both level 2 inmates and transitional inmates. Level 2 inmates are required to be productively engaged for 40 hours per week. Those in transition are moving from a maximum-security setting to a medium-security unit.

Elm Five houses gang-affiliated inmates who are moving from maximum-security to medium security or general population housing. These inmates sign strict contracts that limit them to time-controlled privileges. Elm Five also houses general population inmates with varying privilege levels.

Elm Six houses inmates with limited privileges and limited out-of-cell time because of their problematic behavior. 


Fir is a dormitory-style unit that can house a maximum of 288 inmates. Those who live in Fir participate in the HOPE substance abuse treatment program. Fir has six sections, and each one consists of four smaller pods of 12 beds.

The Fir unit is set up as a therapeutic community and the inmates work on a highly structured treatment plan for at least one year. According to the Utah DOC website, the program's "therapeutic design intentionally uses a positive peer culture and environment, where high standards, morals of right living and pro-social core values are reinforced with privileges, rewards and recognition." 

The HOPE program is aimed at helping inmates live clean, sober, positive, and productive lives. It includes a thorough relapse prevention component that enables recovering addicts to live cautiously, knowing their next relapse could be around the corner. Inmates who successfully complete the program may be eligible for a sentence reduction from the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole.


Gale is a dormitory-style unit that can house a maximum of 288 inmates. Inmates housed in Gale are enrolled in the STRIVE (Success Through Responsibility, Integrity, Values and Effort) program, with an emphasis on substance abuse treatment.

According to the Utah DOC, the STRIVE program has been shown to increase success in education and productivity, resulting in fewer disciplinary write-ups and management problems. 


Hickory is a controlled, maximum-security unit for "level two" inmates at the Boulder Unit. It has a total of six sections with double bunks and a maximum capacity of housing 192 offenders.

Inmates who live in Hickory have access to programming and educational packets. Recreation is also allowed on a rotating basis. The inmates at Hickory are encouraged to volunteer for work assignments and other activities to demonstrate positive behavior, so they can progress to a medium-security unit.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

The visiting hours at the Boulder Unit in the Central Utah Correctional Facility rotate based on inmate name and housing facility. Please contact the Visiting Office at 801-576-7014 for visiting hours for your inmate.

Visiting Applications

You must get approved by the Utah Department of Corrections before visiting your inmate. You can download an application on the Visitor Application Forms page. Simply fill out the form and mail it to: Inmate Visiting Office, P. O. Box 250, Draper, UT 84020. Approval usually takes three to five weeks.

Visiting Rules

  • Visitors 16 and older must have a government-issued identification card prior to being permitted to visit.
  • Visitors are screened with a metal detector, and must clear the metal detector, prior to visiting.
  • Visitors are subject to a search (i.e., ionizer, property, vehicle search) upon entering the prison and/or visiting area. Visitation may be denied for failure to submit to a search request. 
  • A maximum number of five visitors, including minors, are allowed to visit an inmate per visiting session.

Dress Code

All visitors must follow the dress code or they will not be allowed to visit with their inmate.

  • Visitors must be fully clothed including footwear
  • All clothing shall be knee length when standing including slits in garments
  • Undergarments must be worn at all times and cannot be exposed
  • Religious attire may be worn but is subject to removal so it can be searched

The following types of clothing is not allowed:

  • Any clothing, taken as a whole, that resembles inmate issued clothing;
  • Transparent, tight, revealing, or sheer clothing;
  • Any items that may not pass the metal detector;
  • Any type of shirt that shows the bare shoulders, midriff or back and low cut shirts that show cleavage;
  • Clothing that displays gang insignia, offensive slogans or obscene words, phrases or pictures;
  • Hats, hoods, caps, hooded tops, and/or jackets with hoods
  • No more than three items of jewelry

Physical Address

Central Utah Correctional Facility
255 E. 300 North
Gunnison, UT 84634

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/wH7TunmP27ND63hT9

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Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate name and offender number
Central Utah Correctional Facility
P. O. Box 550
Gunnison, UT 84634

You can find your offender's number using the Inmate Search Feature. For questions about mail issues only, please call 801-576-7956.

For questions about books, magazines or other inmate property issues, contact Inmate Property at 801-576-7951 or 801-576-7952.

For information on ordering MP3 or music for an inmate, click here.

How to Call an Inmate

You can't call an inmate at Central Utah Correctional Facility, but they do have access to phones during certain hours. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Utah, please click here.

How to Send Money

Access Corrections handles deposits to inmate accounts at Central Utah Correctional Facility – Boulder. For general questions about Inmate Accounting, please call 801-545-5500.

By Internet: Visit AccessCorrections.com to establish an account. A $6.95 transaction fee is applied.

By telephone: Call 1-866-345-1884 -  A $6.95 transaction fee is applied.

By mail: Download payment form and follow instructions provided.

At kiosks in visiting areas: The kiosks are available during regular business hours and accept cash, debit, or credit cards. A $3 per transaction fee is applied for cash transfers and a $3.95 per transaction fee if using a credit or debit card.

Walk-In locations: Access Corrections has partnered with Cash Pay Today to provide walk-in locations that accept deposits to inmate accounts. Visit CashPayToday.com to register and find locations near you. For more information, call 844-340-2274.

Programs For Inmates

Central Utah Correctional Facility – Boulder offers a variety of opportunities for inmates, including high school education, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses and four Utah Correctional Industries work programs (Sign Shop, Contract Sewing, Inmate Uniform Sewing, Mattress/Pillow Production).

The South Sanpete School District oversees the prison's high school education program. Snow College, Dixie State University and Uintah Basin Applied Technology College offer vocational training programs.

Employment: Depending on their privilege level, inmates may work basic jobs in their housing units or apply for jobs with Utah Correctional Industries (UCI), which are usually higher paying. 

Life skills: Courses include Thinking for a Change, Communication, Computer Literacy, Relationships, Relapse Prevention, Career Power, Financial Literacy, Anger Management, Parenting, Impact of Crime on Victims, Domestic Violence, Victim Empathy, and Thinking Errors. 

HOPE: HOPE is housed in the Fir unit at the Central Utah Correctional Facility. The dormitory-style unit is capable of housing up to 288 inmates, with 48 inmates in each of the six sections. HOPE is organized as a therapeutic community which aims to help inmates live clean, sober, positive and productive lives. It typically takes 12 months to 13 months to complete. 

The program's therapeutic design intentionally uses a positive peer culture and environment, where high standards, morals of "right living" and pro-social core values are reinforced with privileges, rewards and recognition. 

The behavioral goals for residents of the HOPE therapeutic community and residential substance abuse program are: 

  • To develop self-discipline and impulse control 
  • To develop genuine empathy and compassion for others 
  • To achieve success and satisfaction in their personal and work life 
  • To become role models for new and junior residents 
  • To become responsible and productive members of society

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