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Scenic Byway 12: general information

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Scenic Byway 12

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Utah Highway 12 is the major route to the Escalante Area, with side roads leading to established trailheads or starting points. A stretch of the road is known as the Million Dollar Highway to Boulder, because the cost to build it was a million dollars.

Points of interest along the route:
(1) Red Canyon Visitor Center, some of the nearby trails to discover are Ledge Point Trail and Birdseye Trail
(2) Bryce Canyon Airport Hanger, some of the nearby trails to discover are Great Western Trail and Chimney Rock Trail
(3) Mossy Cave Trailhead
(4) Upper Blues Overlook
(5) Upper Valley Granaries Pullout, some of the nearby trails to discover are Under the Point Trail and Canaan Mountain Trail
(6) Devil's Rock Garden
(7) Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
(8) Posey Lake Area, some of the nearby trails to discove...
Utah Highway 12 is the major route to the Escalante Area, with side roads leading to established trailheads or starting points. A stretch of the road is known as the Million Dollar Highway to Boulder, because the cost to build it was a million dollars.

Points of interest along the route:
(1) Red Canyon Visitor Center, some of the nearby trails to discover are Ledge Point Trail and Birdseye Trail
(2) Bryce Canyon Airport Hanger, some of the nearby trails to discover are Great Western Trail and Chimney Rock Trail
(3) Mossy Cave Trailhead
(4) Upper Blues Overlook
(5) Upper Valley Granaries Pullout, some of the nearby trails to discover are Under the Point Trail and Canaan Mountain Trail
(6) Devil's Rock Garden
(7) Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
(8) Posey Lake Area, some of the nearby trails to discover are Posey Lookout Trail and Posey Spur Trail
(9) Hell's Backbone
(10) Box Death Wilderness Area
(11) Head of the Rocks Overlook: is a favorite stop for visitors traveling between Escalante and Boulder. It is the perfect place for travelers to take in the natural beauty of the region. Sweeping views over the Escalante Canyons region of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM) and beyond to portions of Dixie National Forest, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Capitol Reef National Park, all the way to the Henry Mountains, have kept cameras clicking for decades.
(12) Escalante Canyons
(13) Escalante River Trailhead
(14) Calf Creek Recreation Area with the nearby Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail
(15) The Hogsback gets its descriptive name from the narrow section of Scenic Byway 12 that winds along the ridge between Calf Creek and Boulder Creek that reaches the brink of New Home Bench before descending to Haymaker Bench and Calf Creek Recreation Area. From the pullout at The Hogsback you can enjoy the sweeping views of the surrounding sandstone 'slickrock' country before continuing on your journey.
(16) Boulder Overlook which as the name suggests, provides the chance to look down at the valley which contains the tiny town of Boulder
(17) Anasazi State Park Museum
(18) Wildcat Ranger Station
(19) Larb Hollow Overlook offers a panoramic vista of Capitol Reef National Park, the Waterpocket Fold, and Lower Bowns reservoir. Here you also find close access to the Great Western Trail.

Scenic Backways along the route:
(1) Griffin Top Road
(2) Smokey Mountain Road
(3) Posey Lake/Pine Creek Scenic Backway
(4) Hell's Backbone
(5) Hole-in-the-Rock Road
(6) Burr Trail

The Route Guide provided by the Scenic Byway 12 Foundation is a fantastic guide to acompany you on this amazing route.
Use the Escalante Ranger District Interactive Recreation Map by the National Forest Service to find out more about the trails along Scenic Byway 12.
This is the official Byway Map by America's Byways.
Utah Highway 12 is the major route to the Escalante Area, with side roads leading to established trailheads or starting points. A stretch of the road is known as the Million Dollar Highway to Boulder, because the cost to build it was a million dollars.

Points of interest along the route:
(1) Red Canyon Visitor Center, some of the nearby trails to discover are Ledge Point Trail and Birdseye Trail
(2) Bryce Canyon Airport Hanger, some of the nearby trails to discover are Great Western Trail and Chimney Rock Trail
(3) Mossy Cave Trailhead
(4) Upper Blues Overlook
(5) Upper Valley Granaries Pullout, some of the nearby trails to discover are Under the Point Trail and Canaan Mountain Trail
(6) Devil's Rock Garden
(7) Escalante Petrified Forest State Park
(8) Posey Lake Area, some of the nearby trails to discove...

Scenic Byway 12: nearby sleeping facilities

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26 preferred sleeping facilities (B&B's, inns, motels, etc.):

Best Western Rubys Inn
Chuck Wagon Lodge
Arrowhead Bed & Breakfast
Dream Catcher Inn
The Garden Cottage B & B
Cliff Dwellers Lodge
Red River Lodge
Torrey School House B & B
Buffalo Sage Bed & Breakfast
Wild Wild Rest
Capitol Reef Inn & Cafe
Bryce Canyon Resort
Zion Canyon Bed & Breakfast
Smith Hotel
Rim Rock Inn
Lee's Ferry Lodge
Bryce View Lodge
Bryce Trails Bed & Breakfast
Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort
Bumbleberry Inn
Broken Spur Inn
Canyon Ranch Motel
Boulder Mountain Lodge
Hanksville Inn
Muley Twist Inn
Stone Canyon Inn

Scenic Byway 12: nearby destinations

62 Other parks or sites within 200km (125mi):

Escalante Petrified ForestState Park - Utah - 3km (3mi)
Box Death HollowWilderness - Utah - 7km (5mi)
Posey Lake - Pine Creek Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 7km (5mi)
Hell's Backbone Road Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 17km (11mi)
Burr Trail Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 37km (24mi)
Glen CanyonNational Recreation Area - Utah - 41km (26mi)
Kodachrome BasinState Park - Utah - 47km (30mi)
Grand Staircase EscalanteNational Monument - Utah - 47km (30mi)
Bryce CanyonAirport - Utah - 48km (31mi)
Bryce Canyon Airport HangarPoints of Interest - Utah - 48km (31mi)
Notom Road Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 51km (33mi)
Cottonwood Canyon Road Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 51km (33mi)
Capitol ReefNational Park - Utah - 51km (33mi)
Bryce CanyonNational Park - Utah - 52km (33mi)
DixieNational Forest - Utah - 59km (38mi)
Capitol Reef Country Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 61km (39mi)
Hole-in-the-Rock Road Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 63km (40mi)
East Fork Sevier River Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 69km (44mi)
Fishlake Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 83km (53mi)
Canyon of Gold Driving TourByways - Utah - 90km (57mi)
Beaver Canyon Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 91km (58mi)
FishlakeNational Forest - Utah - 93km (59mi)
Rainbow BridgeNational Monument - Utah - 93km (59mi)
Lake PowellPark - Arizona - 104km (66mi)
Vermilion CliffsNational Monument - Arizona - 106km (67mi)
Hole In The RockNational Historic Trail - Utah - 107km (68mi)
Cedar BreaksNational Monument - Utah - 109km (69mi)
Glen CanyonNational Recreation Area - Arizona - 114km (72mi)
ZionNational Park - Utah - 137km (87mi)
Pipe SpringNational Monument - Arizona - 145km (91mi)
Natural BridgesNational Monument - Utah - 146km (92mi)
Gouldings Lodge and Historic Trading PostPoints of Interest - Utah - 154km (97mi)
Muley PointPoints of Interest - Utah - 157km (99mi)
CanyonlandsNational Park - Utah - 158km (99mi)
NavajoNational Monument - Arizona - 159km (100mi)
Frisco ghost townPoints of Interest - Utah - 160km (101mi)
Moki DugwayPoints of Interest - Utah - 160km (101mi)
Trail of the Ancients National Scenic BywayByways - Arizona - 162km (102mi)
Monument ValleyPark - Arizona - 162km (102mi)
Cedar MesaPoints of Interest - Utah - 165km (104mi)
Valley of the GodsPoints of Interest - Utah - 167km (105mi)
Mule Canyon Indian RuinsPoints of Interest - Utah - 168km (106mi)
San Juan River BridgePoints of Interest - Utah - 171km (108mi)
Dead Horse Mesa Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 174km (110mi)
GoosenecksState Park - Utah - 174km (110mi)
Butler Wash Indian RuinPoints of Interest - Utah - 178km (112mi)
Indian Creek Corridor Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 178km (112mi)
Dead Horse PointState Park - Utah - 180km (114mi)
ParashantNational Monument - Arizona - 182km (115mi)
Indian CreekState Park - Utah - 185km (116mi)
Trail of the Ancients National Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 185km (117mi)
Sand Island PetroglyphsPoints of Interest - Utah - 187km (118mi)
Edge of the CedarsState Park - Utah - 188km (118mi)
Dinosaur MuseumPoints of Interest - Utah - 189km (119mi)
St. George Municipal AirportAirport - Utah - 191km (120mi)
Fort BluffHistoric Site - Utah - 192km (121mi)
Tuba City or Moenave Dinosaur Track SitePoints of Interest - Arizona - 193km (121mi)
Mill Canyon Dinosaur TrailPoints of Interest - Utah - 195km (123mi)
ArchesNational Park - Utah - 196km (123mi)
Grand CanyonNational Park - Arizona - 197km (124mi)
Copper Ridge Dinosaur TrackwaysPoints of Interest - Utah - 197km (124mi)
Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur QuarryNational Natural Landmark - Utah - 197km (124mi)

83 Other parks or sites between 200km (125mi) and 400km (250mi):

Three Kiva PuebloPoints of Interest - Utah - 210km (132mi)
College of Eastern Utah Prehistoric MuseumPoints of Interest - Utah - 210km (132mi)
Little Colorado RiverPark - Arizona - 213km (134mi)
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric HighwayByways - Utah - 216km (136mi)
Western Mining and Railroad MuseumPoints of Interest - Utah - 217km (137mi)
Beaver DamState Park - Nevada - 218km (137mi)
HovenweepNational Monument - Utah - 229km (144mi)
HovenweepNational Monument - Colorado - 229km (144mi)
Indian Canyon Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 242km (152mi)
Four Corners MonumentLandmark - Utah - 245km (154mi)
Cathedral GorgeState Park - Nevada - 245km (154mi)
Canyons of the AncientsNational Monument - Colorado - 256km (161mi)
WupatkiNational Monument - Arizona - 256km (161mi)
Great BasinNational Park - Nevada - 259km (162mi)
Canyon De ChellyNational Monument - Arizona - 262km (164mi)
Trail of the Ancients National Scenic BywayByways - Colorado - 264km (166mi)
CoconinoNational Forest - Arizona - 270km (170mi)
Pony Express Trail National Back Country BywayByways - Utah - 272km (171mi)
Fish SpringsNational Wildlife Refuge - Utah - 272km (171mi)
Sunset Crater VolcanoNational Monument - Arizona - 272km (171mi)
Yucca HouseNational Monument - Colorado - 274km (172mi)
Grand Canyon SkywalkPoints of Interest - Arizona - 280km (176mi)
Mesa VerdeNational Park - Colorado - 284km (179mi)
Historic Route 66Byways - Arizona - 284km (179mi)
Black Ridge CanyonsWilderness - Colorado - 287km (180mi)
McInnis CanyonsNational Conservation Area - Colorado - 289km (181mi)
ColoradoNational Monument - Colorado - 289km (181mi)
Timpanogos CaveNational Monument - Utah - 292km (183mi)
Walnut CanyonNational Monument - Arizona - 294km (185mi)
Museum of the WestPoints of Interest - Colorado - 300km (188mi)
Moapa ValleyNational Wildlife Refuge - Nevada - 300km (188mi)
Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric HighwayByways - Colorado - 301km (189mi)
Kennecott Copper MineLandmark - Utah - 305km (192mi)
Cave LakeState Park - Nevada - 309km (194mi)
Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse RangeWild Horse Sanctuary - Colorado - 313km (197mi)
Wheeler Historic FarmCounty Park - Utah - 314km (197mi)
Fantasy CanyonPoints of Interest - Utah - 314km (197mi)
PahranagatNational Wildlife Refuge - Nevada - 314km (197mi)
Fort Uncompahgre Living History MuseumPoints of Interest - Colorado - 326km (205mi)
This Is The Place Heritage ParkState Park - Utah - 326km (205mi)
Ute Council TreeLandmark - Colorado - 326km (205mi)
Temple SquareLandmark - Utah - 329km (206mi)
San Juan Skyway National Forest Scenic BywayByways - Colorado - 330km (207mi)
Salt Lake City International AirportAirport - Utah - 331km (208mi)
Lake MeadNational Recreation Area - Nevada - 336km (211mi)
San JuanNational Forest - Colorado - 338km (212mi)
Aztec RuinsNational Monument - New Mexico - 338km (212mi)
TuzigootNational Monument - Arizona - 341km (214mi)
RidgwayState Park - Colorado - 343km (215mi)
Grand MesaNational Forest - Colorado - 344km (216mi)
Utah Field House of Natural History MuseumState Park - Utah - 344km (216mi)
Canyon PintadoNational Historic District - Colorado - 346km (217mi)
Indian Petroglyphs - Dry Fork CanyonPoints of Interest - Utah - 347km (218mi)
Lake MeadNational Recreation Area - Arizona - 349km (219mi)
Hemenway ValleyPark - Nevada - 350km (220mi)
Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management AreaFish and Wildlife - Utah - 350km (220mi)
Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt LakeNature Center - Utah - 350km (220mi)
Moonshine archPoints of Interest - Utah - 352km (221mi)
DinosaurNational Monument - Utah - 353km (221mi)
Black Canyon Of The GunnisonNational Park - Colorado - 353km (221mi)
DinosaurNational Monument - Colorado - 353km (222mi)
Alpine Loop Back Country BywayByways - Colorado - 354km (222mi)
Tour of the Tilted Rocks scenic driveByways - Utah - 356km (223mi)
AshleyNational Forest - Utah - 356km (223mi)
Montezuma CastleNational Monument - Arizona - 357km (224mi)
Petrified ForestNational Park - Arizona - 358km (224mi)
Old Las Vegas Mormon FortState Park - Nevada - 361km (227mi)
Red FleetState Park - Utah - 361km (227mi)
Red Cloud Loop Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 362km (227mi)
Antelope IslandState Park - Utah - 364km (228mi)
Stratosphere TowerLandmark - Nevada - 365km (229mi)
DesertNational Wildlife Refuge - Nevada - 366km (229mi)
Las Vegas Boulevard or the StripLandmark - Nevada - 367km (230mi)
Las Vegas - McCarran International AirportAirport - Nevada - 368km (231mi)
Shark ReefZoos and Aquariums - Nevada - 369km (232mi)
Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic BywayByways - Utah - 374km (235mi)
Sheep Creek and Spirit Lake Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 376km (236mi)
Jones Hole Scenic BackwayByways - Utah - 379km (237mi)
CurecantiNational Recreation Area - Colorado - 380km (238mi)
Red Rock CanyonNational Conservation Area - Nevada - 386km (242mi)
Flaming GorgeNational Recreation Area - Utah - 388km (243mi)
Spring Mountain RanchState Park - Nevada - 393km (246mi)
Bonnie Springs Ranch and Old NevadaPoints of Interest - Nevada - 393km (246mi)