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

Utah's Scenic Byway 12

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All-American Road

America's Byways

"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

  • July 8, 2016

    2016 Scenic Byway 12 Foundation Spaghetti Dinner in the Park - Volunteer Opportunity!

    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 8.  Dinner is served starting 6 pm.  $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.

  • July 9, 2016

    13th Annual Bryce Canyon Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk – July 9, 2016 - Volunteer Opportunity!

    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. The 5K is an out and back in Cannonville on the road to Kodachrome State Park.

  • July 14, 2016

    Bryce Canyon 7th Annual GeoFest - July 14 - 16, 2016

    Bryce Canyon's 7th annual GeoFest is scheduled for Thursday July 14, 15 and 16, 2016. 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):

    Bryce Canyon Geology Hikes: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday
    (Group size limited, free ticket required)
    Join a geologist for a moderately strenuous 3-mile hike in the amphitheater. Meet at the General Store and bring water.

    Mossy Cave Hikes: 9 - 10:30 a.m. Friday & Saturday
    (Group size limited, free ticket required)
    Join a park geologist for an easy 1-mile round-trip hike at Mossy Cave Trail.

    **Geology Bus Tours: 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
    (Group size limited, reservations required)
    Join a geologist for a 3.5 hr. roadside geology tour of Bryce Canyon

    Exhibits, Information & Family Fun: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m

    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

  • July 15, 2016

    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.