Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Highway 12 is one of the most scenic highways in America, receiving the designation of 'All American Road' in 2002. The highway has two National Parks, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, at each end and many other scenic points in between. Read more...
Places you'll see
Capitol Reef National Park
Anasazi State Park
Hell's Backbone Backway
Calf Creek Falls
Escalante River Trailhead
Canyons of the Escalante
Upper Valley Granaries
Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
The Blues Overlook
Grand Staircase National Monument
Kodachrome Basin State Park
Bryce Canyon National Park
Highway 12 passes through Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and over Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest to its conclusion near the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.
A small community rich in pioneer heritage, Tropic is typical of the other small towns on U-12 east abreast of Bryce Canyon. Near the town of Cannonville, is the northern boundary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A visitor center in Cannonville may help visitors experience the local culture past and present. A 7-mile paved road leads south from Cannonville to Kodachrome Basin State Park.
One mile west of the town of Escalante is Petrified Forest State Park. The town itself borders the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The road continues through the Escalante canyons with panoramic views over miles of colorful slickrock. After crossing the Escalante River, visitors may picnic at Calf Creek Campground. From here, a six-mile round-trip trail takes visitors to Lower Calf Creek Falls.
Nearing the town of Boulder, Highway 12 twists and turns through the Hogsback, a section of the road where cliffs drop steeply into narrow canyons on both sides of the highway. In Boulder, a museum and remnants of a prehistoric Indian village at Anasazi State Park.
Following the summit of Boulder Mountain, the byway travels a spectacular forested course where views of colorful Capitol Reef National Park, the Circle Cliffs and the Henry Mountains are framed by the trees of the Dixie National Forest.