- 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
June 1, 2016
Join us for our 16th Annual Astronomy Festival (June 1 - 4, 2016) with Bryce Canyon's Astronomy Rangers and the Salt Lake Astronomical Society.
June 8, 2016
In 1863 the first group of the pioneers came to Panguitch from Parowan under the leadership of Jens Neilson. They followed the route over the rugged Bear Valley, part of the Spanish Trail. Come celebrate the pioneer spirit of Panguitch!
Enjoy quilting classes a Chocolate festival, tractor parade, the Main Street Dinner theater play depicting the story of the quilt walk, trunk show, art show and much much more.
June 24, 2016
Join us for our 2016 festival June 24-26 in Panguitch, Utah and bring your whole family! This event truly has something fun for everyone.
July 8, 2016
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.