- 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!
Did you Know?
Scenic Byway 12 Route Guide
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Along the Byway
May 4, 2015
2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America – The 2015 Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America will visit Bryce Canyon on its 2,500-mile trek to raise funds and awareness for Victory Junction. Led by former NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, fans and community members will have the opportunity to see 200+ motorcyclists come to town, receive photographs and autographs at the Best Western Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City from around 5:00-6:30 pm. Celebrities such as Kyle Petty, former NASCAR drivers Richard Petty, Harry Gant and Bobby Allison, current NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth and former NFL great Herschel Walker should be there. Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to purchase Ride memorabilia or donate to the Ride to help raise money for Victory Junction - a camp created by the Petty family to enrich the lives of children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses.
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.