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Places You'll See On The SCENIC BYWAY 12
~An All American Road~

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.

The nearly 124 mile byway spans an area with three national parks, three state parks, a national recreation area, and a national monument.

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.

Cannonville Attractions

Bryce Canyon Attractions
Bryce Canyon Country Attractions

Anasazi State Park

Anasazi State Park Museum is a state park and museum in Southern Utah. Ruins of an ancient Anasazi village are located here. Come and enjoy some history at these beautiful sites.

Boulder Mountain

Boulder Mountain is to the west of Capitol Reef National Park. They are ocupy over 50,000 acres. With rolling forest and meadows it is a beautiful place to enjoy.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon is one of the highest rated National Parks in the US. With many great trails and beautifully colored rocks.

Burr Trail

Burr Trail is located in Bullfrog. View the Henry Mountains, Waterpocket Fold, Long Canyon and much more. This is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty around.

Calf Creek Falls

Head to Calf Creek Falls in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Enjoy a great hike to a great destination.

Canyons of the Escalante

Canyons of the Escalante has many trails for your enjoyment. You can even enjoy some of the beautiful slot canyons.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park is a beautiful park with many trails and things to see. Enjoy the interesting layers of colors in the rock.

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Just a half mile north of the town of Escalante, the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park has petrified wood and fossilized dinosaur bones to check out.

Escalante River Trailhead

Escalante River Trailhead is a canyon you can follow to enjoy beautiful vistas.

Grand Staircase National Monument

Grand Staircase National Monument is a magnificent location with trails and stunning views.

Hell's Backbone Backway

Visit Hell's Backbone Backway and see the rugged area with great trails. You won't forget the views as you experience this trail.


Hogback is one of the wildest drives and Utah's most scenic highway in the south. This will take you anywhere you want to explore in the area.

Red Canyon Trail Rides

Go on a horseback ride and experience the Wild West. Your guide will share some great history of Bryce Canyon as well as other history in the area. You will have a great experience no matter what lever you are at or what trail you choose.

Kodachrome Basin State Park

The park has over 67 beautiful sedimentary red sandstone pipes. When visiting people love walking trails and taking photos of the unique area, come and enjoy the awesome views here.
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