Utah Heritage Highway

Utah’s Heritage Highway 89

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A view along Scenic Highway 89 – on Utah’s Heritage Highway

Exploring Utah Heritage Highway 89 through Bryce Canyon Country is an adventure through living history and scenic beauty. With a 500-mile span all the way from Idaho to Arizona, the highway brings you to the heart of unique cultural, historical, architectural, and scenic highlights right here in Bryce Canyon Country. There’s so much here worth seeing.

The historic buildings of downtown Panguitch, Utah

Panguitch and Hatch are part

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Red Canyon Views

Perhaps not surprisingly, there are many people who turn from Highway 89 onto Scenic Byway 12 and venture about two miles up the road to the point where they hit Red Canyon, and they say to themselves, “this must be Bryce Canyon”.   Those visitors often turn around and go on their merry way, believing that they have seen Bryce Canyon National Park, when it reality they have experienced Red Canyon which is part of the Dixie National Forest.

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Bryce Canyon / Capitol Reef – Top Utah Getaway Destinations

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It may be no coincidence that Utah’s most popular newspaper started with the Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef area when it recently compiled a list of  Utah’s Top Getaway Destinations.  The article listed these and other locations as additional reasons to visit this region.

> Waterpocket Fold:  This is the formation that comprises Capitol Reef National Park.  More…

> Peak-A-Boo and Spooky Gulch slot canyons:   These are two slot canyons found along the north side of the Hole In The Rock

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Red Canyon – On Scenic Byway 12

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Twelve miles outside of Bryce Canyon National Park on Scenic Byway 12, Red Canyon beckons with a similar red rock landscape. Like Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon’s hoodoos were sculpted from Claron limestone over eons from wind and water erosion.  Red Canyon is part of the Dixie National Forest, and follows Scenic Byway 12 for about four miles.

Red Canyon looks much like Bryce Canyon, but is accessible from Scenic Byway 12.

The hoodoos can be explored with short hikes along

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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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Visitor Centers – Bryce Canyon Region

There are four main visitor information centers in the Bryce Canyon region.

Cannonville, Utah – Visitor Information Center for Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Escalante (Grand Staircase)
The Escalante Interagency Office visitor information center specializes in the ecology and biology of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. The visitor center features scientific exhibits, photos, dioramas, and a topographic relief model of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument includes 1.9 million acres of some of the most remote wilderness

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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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