Scenic Byway 12 – Waysides: Part 2

Head of the Rocks / Boynton Overlook / Escalante River Trailhead /
Calf Creek Recreation Area / The Hogback / Homestead Overlook
Continuing east from the Upper Valley Graineries along Scenic Byway 12, Head of the Rocks Overlook is located in the Escalante Canyons between Escalante and Boulder.  The overlook offers panoramic views across the slickrock canyons, with the Boulder Mountains to the north, the Henry Mountains to the east, and the Navajo Mountains to the southwest.  This overlook is a

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Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area

Box Death Hollow Wilderness Area contains 25,751 acres of unspoiled rugged beauty, with sheer vertical Navajo sandstone canyon walls carved by tributaries of the Escalante River rising majestically above the canyon floor.  Pine Creek runs north-south through a steep monocline to form the area known as The Box.  The Wilderness Area is home to a variety of wildlife such as mule deer, elk, cougar, and several bird species, and wild populations of brown and rainbow trout found in Pine Creek.

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The Grand Staircase – So Much To See & Do!

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, one of the newest national monuments in the national park system, is truly a wonder to behold; it contains 1.7 million acres of land, more than six thousand vertical feet of alternating cliffs, slopes, and terraces, and extends from the Utah / Arizona border just north rim of the Grand Canyon to the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah. Laid out like giant stairs, each “riser” is about 2,000 feet high and each “tread” is a

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Coyote Gulch Slot Canyon – Grand Staircase

Coyote Gulch winds through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument’s red rock backcountry.   The full length of this popular Escalante River Canyon is about 11.5 miles roundtrip and requires a good deal of stamina—with a pretty spectacular payoff.  Highlights along the way include Stevens Arch and Jacob Hamblin Arch, Coyote Natural Bridge, and Crack-in-the-Rock.

A waterfall in Coyote Gulch Slot Canyon in Utah's Bryce Canyon Country. Click for larger image.

Coyote Gulch is located about 30 miles

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Utah Slot Canyons: Peek-a-boo and Spooky Gulch

Peek-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch Slot Canyons are easily accessible and enjoyable for most ages.

The Escalante River and some of its tributaries wind through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, creating a maze of intricate canyons just waiting to be explored. While many of the Escalante River slot canyons are accessible from Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the southern tip of Lake Powell, Hole-in-the-Rock Road offers vehicular access from Escalante to several popular slot canyons in

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Lower Calf Creek Falls

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Calf Creek Falls – Click for larger image.

A walk into the lower Calf Creek Falls is an opportunity for multiple experiences. The trail head is found at the Calf Creek campground just fifteen miles east of the town of Escalante on Scenic Byway 12. The waters of Calf Creek begin on the Boulder Mountains and the creek eventually enters the Escalante River drainage.

The Calf Creek Falls hike is approximately 2.5 miles (each direction) and winds

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Off the Beaten Path – Red Canyon: Arches Trail

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Near Bryce Canyon is a hidden gem, the Dixie National Forest, residing in the forest is Red Canyon.  Several day trips and hikes are accessible in Red Canyon.  One of the most popular trails in Red Canyon is the Arches Trail.  The trail is accessed through the Lossee Trailhead by driving approximately 2 miles east on SR 12 from US 89.  There will be a sign for Lossee/Casto.  Turn north onto this road and drive two miles to

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Bryce Canyon Hiking

Bryce Canyon National Park has dozens of miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to backcountry—and everything in between. There’s something for everyone, so lace up your hiking boots and get ready to explore scenic Bryce Canyon on foot.

Hiking down the trails in Bryce Canyon National Park

Popular Trails
The 4.7-mile Rim Trail connects some of the most popular overlooks in Bryce Canyon National Park, including Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Inspiration Point, and Bryce Point. The section between Sunrise and

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Devil’s Garden in Grand Staircase-Escalante

With a name like Devil’s Garden, you would expect to see some strange things and that’s exactly what you will find. Devil’s Garden is a small series of formations that seem to pop up out of the desert floor for no apparent reason. This attraction is found just 10 miles down the Hole In The Rock road within the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

There are so many different shapes that you can’t really characterize the Devil’s Garden in one or two

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

Kodachrome Basin State Park – Utah

This is a lesser know, even secret, place to experience the scenic wonders of this region.  Kodachrome Basin State Park is an ideal place to relax, hike, mountain bike, enjoy a picnic, camp, horseback ride, shoot photographs or even paint a picture.   Kodachrome Basin was named by the National Geographic Society, and this state park contains many unique spires and chimneys that take on an ethereal glow at sunrise and sunset.

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