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

  • July 8, 2017

    Bryce Canyon Half-Marathon and 5K Run/Walk – July 8, 2017

    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, 2017

    Bryce Canyon 8th Annual Geology Frestival - July 14 - 16, 2017

    Bryce Canyon's 8th annual GeoFest is scheduled for Thursday July 14 and 15, 2017. 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.

     

  • September 29, 2017

    Escalante Canyon Working Arts Festival – September 24 - 25, 2016

    September 29 & 30, 2017 in Escalante, Utah.
    Plein Air Competition: Friday, September 22 to Thursday, September 27, 2017
    Food, arts & crafts, vendors and live music all day. Highlights include silent art auction and speakers series.