Your Guide to Attractions and Activities on Utah's Scenic Byways

Utah's Scenic Byway 12

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"Nestled between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Scenic Byway 12 is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth."

Did you Know?

  • Dixie National Forest encompasses 1.8 million acres of public land.
  • The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses 1.9 million acres of public land.
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park was named by a National Geographic Expedition in the late 1940’s
  • Escalante was settled in 1876 by Mormon Pioneers looking for a milder climate and longer growing season.
  • Construction of the Hell’s Backbone Road was completed in 1933.
  • The Hole-in-the-Rock Road closely follows the route taken by Mormon Pioneers in 1879-80 in an attempt to establish a route to the four corners area.
  • There are three Utah State Parks on Scenic Byway 12.
  • The Red Canyon Beardtounge (Penstemon bracteatus) is a flowering plant found only in Red Canyon?
  • Torrey Town was settled in the 1880′s and named for Colonel Jay Torrey, one of Theodore Roosevelt’s Rough Riders.
  • Bryce Canyon’s night skies are among the darkest in the Southwest.
  • In most rural areas of the United States, 2500 stars can be seen on a clear night. At Bryce Canyon, 7500 stars can be seen twinkling in the void! 
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Along the Byway

  • Jun 12, 2015

    Utah Prairie Dog Day – June 12, 2015 – Bryce Canyon National Park is highlighting the incredibly fascinating world of a Utah prairie dog colony, from their social system to complex language. Utah prairie dogs are considered “keystone species” that perform a variety of important ecological functions including soil aeration which helps plants grow, providing prey and places to live for other animals, and maintaining meadow ecosystems.

  • Jun 17, 2015

    15th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival – Bryce Canyon National Park invites you to join its “Dark Rangers” and amateur astronomers from the Salt Lake Astronomical Society for the 15th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival.

  • Jul 10, 2015

    Boulder Heritage Festival – Boulder, Utah is a unique and beautiful community with a broad cultural diversity and rich history. The Boulder Heritage Festival seeks to educate, cultivate, and celebrate these themes, by providing a forum where contemporary Boulder can enrich itself in connecting with its past.

  • Jul 11, 2015

    Bryce Canyon Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk – July 11, 2015 – Half Marathon: 6:00A.M. - Starts at Ruby's Inn, Bryce - Ends in Cannonville Park. The 1/2 Marathon starts on Hwy 63, Bryce. Start elev. 7,652 ft - Finish at 5,800 ft. 5K Run/Walk: 6:30A.M. - 5K Run/Walk in Cannonville. If you're not interested in competing for cash, or would simply rather endure a shorter distance, start at 6:30 AM in Cannonville for the 5K Run/Walk. The 5K is an out and back in Cannonville on the road to Kodachrome State Park.