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! 
Route Guide


Scenic Byway 12 Route Guide
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Along the Byway

  • Oct 10, 2015

    4th Annual Escalante Canyons Marathon and Head of the Rocks 10 miler – THE MARATHON- starts near Hell's Backbone Grill in Boulder, Utah. The entire course is on Scenic Byway 12. THE 10-MILER- Begins at the Head of the Rocks scenic outlook and finishes in Escalante.

  • Oct 10, 2015

    Sunset Dinner at Grosvenor Arch – Join us for gorgeous scenery, a great cause, and a grand meal with friends! Our first annual member appreciation and fundraiser, the Sunset Dinner at Grosvenor Arch will be catered by the locally owned and operated Wild West Retreat of Escalante, Utah. Along with each other’s company, we’ll enjoy a delicious dutch oven spread — smoked chicken and country-style pork ribs, potatoes, baked beans, salad, homemade rolls with honey butter, and scrumptious peach cobbler! A vegetarian option will be available. Reservations are $80 per person, with $60 of every ticket as a tax-deductible donation to Frontier Science School, our new education program in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management and many partners throughout the region. Frontier Science School helps students, teachers, and people of all ages explore GSENM and the public lands and rural communities of southern Utah and northern Arizona. Scientifically and historically invaluable, our region is ideal for examining efforts to live sustainably in remote, arid country, and it’s a life-changing classroom for an emerging generation of Westerners. Learn more at