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Highway 12 - A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway - Overview Utah

A Kaleidoscope of Color

Photo: Red Canyon Tunnel

Red Canyon Tunnel (UT) [1]

A kaleidoscope of color and a national gem at each end - Highway 12 is a showcase of sandstone sculpted by nature where people have lived and explored for thousands of years. Drive this Byway connecting Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks, and you will soon see that you are on no mere transportation route -- the views and stops along the way are just as enthralling as the two stunning Parks at each end.

Culture for the Curious

Photo: A Reconstructed Anasazi House

A Reconstructed Anasazi House (UT) [2]

Experience life on the Byway for the past and the present. Byway towns supply you with a taste of the simple life in the middle of a fantastic wilderness. Historic stops and pullouts provide stories to pique your curiosity. Stop and discover ancient ruins and artwork throughout the canyons and rock faces that line this Byway.

Irresistible Recreation

Photo: Hikers on the Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon

Hikers on the Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon (UT) [3]

At nearly every turn there is an opportunity to get out of the car and stretch. But stretching is only the beginning. By foot or horse, bike or motor, park your car, grab a friend, and explore the back roads and trails of this wonderland of sculpted color and solitude.

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Picture This

Photo: Orange Hoodoos by Highway 12 in UtahPreview this Byway through a collection of distinctive images.

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Byways Nearby

Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway intersects with this Byway in Torrey at a t-stop, going east and west.

Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway meets this Byway at the Hwy 12/US 89 junction south of Panguitch, and proceeds south