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Roadtreking: Utah Highway 12

From the bloggers at Roadtreking.

Now and then somebody publishes a list of “Ten Best Scenic Roads.” Most of these lists contain Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park, Montana and Cabot Trail (west side) In Nova Scotia. We’d add to the “Ten Best” Utah Highway 12. It is off the beaten path for those cruising I-15 that bisects Utah north and south.

Located in the Southwest corner of Utah, Highway 12 begins at US Route 89 just north of Hatch and within a few miles enters world famous Bryce Canyon National Park. In 1987 the last section of this road was paved.  Highway 12 disappears where it joins Highway 24 at Torrey — entrance to Capitol Reef National Park.

Of course the road connects Red Canyon (part of Dixie National Forest), Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, and Capitol Reef National Park — outstanding scenic natural areas in their own right, but the 124-mile connecting road itself is one of the best scenic windows on the beautiful west.  It winds and twists and climbs and descends as it snakes its way from one beautiful place to another.

To read the full story by Roadtreking, click here.

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