Highway 12 Scenic Byway

Highway 12 is one of the most scenic highways in America. No kidding.
Receiving the designation of 'All American Road'. The highway has two National Parks; Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef, at each end and many other scenic points in between. Read more...



Bryce Canyon Villas

Rest your weary eyes in Bryce

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"Are we there yet?"

More than a pit stop

Boulder Mountain Lodge

Grand Circle Tour

National parks, monuments and all the pretty places

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"Are we there yet?"

Location and Luxury

Stay at the Broken Spur

Boulder Mountain

Guest Ranch

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"Are we there yet?"

Utah Slickrock Guides

Guiding you through the southwest

Escalante Cabins & RV Park

Most convenient RV park nearby

Slot Canyons Inn

Stay in Escalante

Bryce Canyon

Nearby Lodging


Scenic Byways

Additional Information

Places you'll see

Capitol Reef National Park
Boulder Mountain
Anasazi State Park
Burr Trail
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
Red Canyon

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.

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