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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Scenic Byway 143 Flowers

Scenic Byway 143 Utah’s Patchwork Parkway

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Cedar Breaks National Mounument in the Fall Season.

Scenic Byway 143 winds for 55 miles between Panguitch and Parowan, connecting I-15 to Highway 89 and following the historic migration route used by the ancient Anasazi.  The byway is nicknamed Utah’s Patchwork Parkway after the famous Quilt Walk, when pioneers walked on quilts to keep from falling into the deep winter snow as they made the treacherous trek across the mountain pass to save their settlement from starvation.  Bookended by

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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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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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