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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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.

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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The Blues

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Looking west across The Blues below Powell Point and Boulder Mountain

It’s not uncommon to feel a little blue, or to sing the blues, but here’s your chance to see The Blues!   The blues is a very rough section of land that sits approximately 15 miles east of Bryce Canyon just north and west of Scenic Byway 12, and just below Powell Point.

The Blues is a badland of gray-green shale that was deposited in this area at a

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Fall Colors – Bryce Canyon Country

Hillsides turn multiple colors in the fall season in Utah's Bryce Canyon region.

Fall is an ideal time to visit Bryce Canyon Country, when colorful foliage and cooler temperatures beckon and the summer crowds dwindle. Autumn’s brilliant reds, oranges, and golds typically peak around mid-October at Bryce Canyon Country’s lower elevations, which are still upwards of 4,000 feet. Fall colors tend to peak earlier at higher elevations like Panguitch Lake and Boulder Mountain, usually around mid-September to

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Scenic Backroads – Pine Creek – Hell’s Backbone

The combination of Highway 12, Pine Creek Road, and Hell’s Backbone Road create a scenic loop that includes multiple landscapes and points of interest along one driving route, and provides an easy way to see various landmarks in a single day trip.

The loop, which partially traverses areas of the Boulder Mountain, can begin from one of two towns.  The first, Escalante, is a great location to learn more about the area’s history.  In May 2011 the first phase of the Escalante

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Cycling in Bryce Canyon Country

Scenic Byway 12
Scenic Byway 12 offers beauty and adventure for cycling enthusiasts. Often referred to as the most scenic road in America, Scenic Byway 12 navigates west-east for more than 120 miles through the heart of Bryce Canyon Country, from Panguitch to just beyond Boulder. The paved Scenic Byway 12 traverses through diverse, ruggedly beautiful scenery, including historic Panguitch surrounded by Dixie National Forest, the red rock landscape of Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon, Escalante’s slickrock canyons, and Boulder’s alpine

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The Burr Trail – Boulder, Utah to Bullfrog at Lake Powell

This long and scenic road passes through a mid-section of the Burr Trail

Utah’s Burr Trail road is a 66-mile scenic backway that winds through some of the most untamed areas of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.  The Burr Trail Road is easily accessible from Boulder, at the junction with Scenic Byway 12, near the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park and the base of Boulder Mountain.

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