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! 
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Along the Byway

  • February 13, 2016

    2016 Bryce Canyon Winter Festival

    The Bryce Canyon Winter Festival has something for everyone. There will be Free clinics, demos and tours. Events may be subject to change due to snow and weather conditions, but the Bryce Canyon Winter Festival will be held regardless of snow conditions.

  • April 16, 2016

    National Park Week 2016 - April 16 to 24th

    Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 16 – 24, 2016 you are invited to celebrate all that our national parks have to offer. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone.

  • June 1, 2016

    16th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival

    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

    Quilt Walk Festival – June 8 - 11, 2016 in Panguitch.

    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.