highway 12

Highway 12 is located near the north end of the Grand Staircase – Escalante in southern Utah.  Highway 12 is the 2nd on the list of “Most Beautiful Highways in the World“.  It was named an “All American Road” in 2002.  The spectacular scenic Highway is book ended by two national parks:  Bryce Canyon National Park & Capitol Reef National Park and took nearly 40 years to complete.  Highway 12 is packed with breath taking scenery from one end to the other, but we’re going to highlight the portion around Boulder, Utah, not just because we call it home, but because the other sections can be driven straight through on Highway 12, but the area around Boulder will need to be explored a bit to take it all in as this area of Highway 12 is the most impressive stage of the Scenic Highway!  With the offshoots of the Burr Trail and Hell’s Backbone Road, along with the many trails, slot canyons, camp sites and other instances of the sheer and overwhelming majestic beauty of this area.

We invite you to visit us, perhaps find one of our experienced guides, and see some of the once-in-a-lifetime landscape.

Highway 12 - Dante Hitt

Map Points of Interest

Capitol Reef National Park

Boulder Mountain

Boulder, Utah Area

Homestead Overlook

Boulder, Utah Area

Anasazi State Park

Boulder, Utah Area

The Burr Trail

Boulder, Utah Area

Hell’s Backbone Road

Boulder, Utah Area

The Hogsback

Boulder, Utah Area

Calf Creek Falls

Boulder, Utah Area

Escalante River Trailhead

Boulder, Utah Area

Grand Stiarcase – Escalante

Boulder, Utah Area

Petrified Forest

Dixie National Forest

Kodachrome Basin State Park

The Blue Overlook

Bryce Canyon

Red Canyon

Highway 12 Map

Highway 12

Unspoiled * Untamed * Unbelievable

The road from Bryce Canyon Junction to Tropic was added to the state highway system in 1914, and in 1923 a branch from Tropic Junction to Bryce Canyon was built as a forest road. The State Road Commission numbered the route to Bryce Canyon SR-12 in the 1920s, and in 1927 the state legislature assigned it to both branches, to Bryce Canyon and Tropic, but split off the branch to Tropic as State Route 54 in 1931. That same year, a new State Route 120 was created, continuing the road from Tropic to Henrieville, and in 1935 it became part of SR-54. Another road was also added to the state highway system in 1914, connecting SR-22 at Widtsoe with Escalante, and it was numbered State Route 23 in 1927. An extension took SR-23 northeast to Boulder in 1941, and in 1947 SR-54 absorbed SR-23, with the Widtsoe-Escalante road dropped in favor of Henrieville-Escalante. State Route 117, running southeast from SR-24 near Teasdale to Grover, became a state highway in 1931, and was extended south to Boulder in 1957, becoming part of SR-54 in 1966. In 1969, SR-54 became part of SR-12, but most of former SR-117 was dropped, leaving SR-12 to stretch from Bryce Canyon Junction to the north limit of Boulder (at the Dixie National Forest boundary), with a short spur to Bryce Canyon. This spur became a new SR-63 in 1975, and in 1985 the route was extended back north from Boulder to SR-24, using a different route than old SR-117 north of Grover.

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