Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 – Another Best Nomination

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Scenic Byway 12 as it passes through Red Canyon near Bryce Canyon

Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 continues to garner accolades from publications that highlight this 120 mile long road as one of the best in America.  Country Magazine is the latest to single out Scenic Byway 12 as one of the best, placing it in a list with these other interesting scenic drives.

• Blue Grass Valley Road in the Alleghenies
• Door County, Wisc. Coastal Byway
• Going-to-the-Sun Road in Montana’s

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World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways – Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 in Red Canyon, part of the Dixie National Forest.

Scenic Byway 12 takes you on a spectacular 124-mile journey through Bryce Canyon Country’s ruggedly beautiful and varied landscape, and was just rated by FoxNews.com as one of the “World’s 10 Most Beautiful Highways.”   One afternoon on the open road is all it takes to see why.

Kodachrome Basin State Park is one of three state parks along Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

In Bryce Canyon Country,

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Grosvenor Arch

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Grosvenor Arch is a remarkable sight, a massive sandstone formation standing more than 150 feet high and spanning 92 feet across. The natural double arch is located within Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, about ten miles southeast of Kodachrome Basin State Park.

Grosvenor Arch is located just below Kodachrome Basin State Park on the Cottonwood Canyon road.

The arch was named by photographers of the National Geographic Society during a 1949 expedition, in honor of the group’s president Gilbert Hovey

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Highway 12 On The Today Show

Scenic Byway 12 was highlighted on the Today show this week.   Jenna Bush Hager, one of the twin daughters of George W. Bush takes viewers on a scenic tour of Scenicy Byway 12 near Bryce Canyon and through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.   View the story here.

Scenic Byway 12 Featured on the Today Show

Escalante – Hole In The Rock – Heritage Center Plaza

In the fall of 1879, Mormon settlers from St. George, Parowan, and Cedar City left to settle new territory in southeastern Utah at the request of LDS Church President John Taylor.  The six-week journey turned into a treacherous six-month expedition, as pioneers endured 200 miles of grueling, rugged terrain and a nearly vertical 1200-foot cliff on the banks of the Colorado River.

Ecalante Utah – Hole In The Rock – Heritage Center

The pioneers faced down the challenge by carving and

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Scenic Byway 12 – Interpretive Info. Locations

Scenic Byway 12 winds east-west through the heart of Bryce Canyon Country, leading travelers through some of the most remote and awe-inspiring scenery in southern Utah.  A virtual passage through time, Scenic Byway 12 bears witness to eroded cliffs, Native American cliff dwellings, and authentic pioneer structures that stand today as a testament to the area’s rich geologic and human history.  Beginning on the southwest end near Panguitch at the junction of Highway 89, Scenic Byway 12 traverses for 124

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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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Scenic Byway 12 – Waysides: Part 1

Red Canyon, The Blues, Powell Point, Upper Valley Graineries
Scenic Byway 12 winds through the heart of scenic Bryce Canyon Country, beginning just five miles south of Panguitch and running for 124 miles through the wealth of archaeological, natural, and recreational wonders this spectacular canyon country has to offer. Whether you have three hours or three days to experience Scenic Byway 12, you’ll find the route breathtaking, intriguing, and well worth the trip.

Red Canyon in the Dixie National Forest

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Scenic Highway 89 in Bryce Canyon Country

Scenic Highway 89 runs north-south for more than 500 miles, all the way through Utah from northern Arizona to the Idaho border.  Traveling along Scenic Highway 89 is a great way to explore the region’s scenic wonders, giving access to Bryce Canyon Country’s red rock canyons and alpine forests, and world class attractions like Bryce Canyon National Park and the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. In 2006 President George W. Bush signed a bill designating sections along Scenic Highway 89

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NEW – Scenic Byway 12 Video

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Check out this new video produced independently about Scenic Byway 12 in Utah’s Bryce Canyon Country.   You’ll see that this region is a great destination to visit year-round.   Scenic Byway 12 is an All American Road and rated as one of the top 10 scenic drives in America.