- 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
Sep 26, 2014
Escalante Canyon Working Arts Festival – September 26 - 27, 2014 – September 26 & 27, 2014 in Escalante, Utah. Plein Air Competition: Friday, September 19 to Thursday, September 25, 2014 Food, arts & crafts, vendors and live music all day. Highlights include silent art auction and speakers series.
Oct 11, 2014
3d 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.