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Highway 12 Scenic Byway

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This 122-mile route, located in the southwestern region of the state,...

This 122-mile route, located in the southwestern region of the state, passes Bryce Canyon and the Grand Staircase-Escalante Monument.

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Amazing Ride

Went the whole distance of highway 12. Great ride if the weather is good and in daylight. The Hogback will get your blood moving. Was doing OK until the wife said it was like... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Rick E
Chisago City, Minnesota

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Chisago City, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went the whole distance of highway 12. Great ride if the weather is good and in daylight. The Hogback will get your blood moving. Was doing OK until the wife said it was like being on top of a roller coaster, then my knees buckled a little. Take the Hogback slow, you won't have any problems. Best scenery you will... More 

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Cooks, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

Do not take this highway if your afraid of heights!! I got bad advice and took it and my girlfriend ended up driving because I was shaking. If your not afraid of heights go for it.

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Bungay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This has got to be the most amazing drive ever. When combined with I70 it becomes simply stunning. Words just fail to express the continual beauty of this drive.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

So I love beauty, I saw beauty v on hwy 12, but I love life and was afraid i would lose mine on this road. It was too much. No gourd rails, tight twists and turns, no police, it was a never ending roller coaster. I was mentally exhausted by reaching Torrey. Stay away if you dint love roller coasters,... More 

2 Thank Annie A
Montesano, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is a great drive between Bryce NP and Capitol Reef NP. The road is in good condition. However I must advise that after Henrieville the two lane highway becomes very curvy as it climbs the mountain passes and at one point along the road you will find yourself driving on the rim of a long mountain. on this portion... More 

4 Thank sun&oil
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

This is the most scenic highway in America in my opinion. The highway doesn't offer the best of any one kind of scenery. It offers nearly the best of many different kinds of scenery. We started in Torrey Utah. The road climbs up and up and up. You make your way onto boulder mountain. We were there during fall colors.... More 

5 Thank Phil B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Drove byway 12 from end to end, Red Canyon to Torrey, on our way back from Bryce to Salt Lake City. Beautiful fall day, not a cloud, not a lot of traffic either, so we could really enjoy it. There are no trucks, and most people are in no hurry. It's not a short drive, so if you need to... More 

2 Thank rocou
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

I read about this but was unsure of the road conditions. We got great information from the ranger at Zion and decided to go for it. It was an amazing drive with gorgeous views and it took us to our next destination which was Page. Don't miss out on this one! It is also a great way to go North... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Not designed for the faint of heart! Chose this highway a second time for the adventure. Took advantage of all the turn outs coming from Escalante, stopped for the steep drop off photo, then the trip up to 9,000+ foot pass where the aspen groves were in prime golden color dropping into Torrey. Why travel on interstates when there are... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

I really don't know why has this road received such praise and coverage! We drove it between Bryce and Torrey and kept thinking it would get more scenic.It didn't! Perhaps after the splendours of Zion and Bryce, it was all quite underwhelming. It was attractive for a mile or so around lovely Kiva Coffehouse(a great stop) but soon petered out... More 

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