- 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
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 10, 2015
2015 Scenic Byway 12 Foundation Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser – Join Scenic Byway 12 Committee volunteers, race volunteer staff, and community members for dinner and live music in the Cannonville Town Park on the evening of Friday July 10. This our 11th year partnering with the Bryce Canyon Half-Marathon and 5 K. Dinner is served starting 6 pm with $8 adult $4 child (12 and under). Benefits Scenic Byway 12 Committee projects to enhance visitor and local residents' travel experience on Scenic Byway 12 All-American Road.
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.
Jul 17, 2015
Bryce Canyon 4th Annual GeoFest - July 27, 2013 – Bryce Canyon's 6th annual GeoFest is scheduled for Friday July 17 and Saturday July 18, 2015. Join park rangers for guided hikes, family-friendly geology programs, bus tours with a geologist, evening programs with special guest speakers, as well as exhibits and family oriented activities at the visitor center. Tentative Schedule of Events (subject to change - all events both days except as noted): Canyon Geology Hikes: 8:30 a.m. (meet at General Store) Mossy Cave Hikes: 9 a.m. (sign-up required) Geology Bus Tours: 9 a.m. & 2 p.m. (3-1/2 hours, reservations required) Exhibits, Information & Family Fun: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Visitor Center Plaza) Geology for Kids: 10 a.m. (free ticket required) Geology Talks: 11:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. at Sunset Point Evening Programs: 8 p.m. at Bryce Canyon Lodge