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Utah Scenic Byway 12 is a 62.5 mile point-to-point trail located near Torrey, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for nature trips and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Length 62.5 mi Elevation gain 6,407 ft Route type Point to Point
Kid friendly Nature trips Scenic driving Views
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Matthew Sieg
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Definitely worth the time away from the interstate. Views of southern Utah I never knew existed much more than just red and mesas.

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Breck Tuttle
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Scenic driving

Lots of variety on this scenic drive from slick rock to tree studded mountains. Hog's back is amazing

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Breck Tuttle
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Scenic driving

Lots of variety on this scenic drive from slick rock to tree studded mountains. Hog's back is amazing

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Jennifer Kumar
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Scenic driving

This was our second trip in less than a year and it will never disappoint. This year, the big difference was this place was full of small bugs at sunset. Carry bug spray in the summer. Our recording is at the link below. The app wouldn't map it to this profile, and when I tried to upload it to this page, Alltrails asked me to sign into FB, which I did not want to do. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/route-12-escalante-to-torrey

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Terry Knight
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Scenic driving

Wonderful drive from Torrey, UT (Capitol Reef) to Tropic (Bryce) via Grand Staircase/Escalante. Still a lot of snow on the roadside, small herds of deer. Watch out for the trailhead for Lower Calf Creek Falls and stop for this six mile RT hike to a very nice waterfall! The views of this national monument (Grand Staircase) are exceptional, especially as you climb up past The falls hike!!

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Jennifer Kumar
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Scenic driving

We basically just did a drive through from Capitol Reef to Kodachrome. Though we were able to make a few short stops, there is so much to see on this road, we certainly did not do it justice. We may get a chance to go again. It's so refreshing to see such large expanses of land with nothing!! Hope it can be preserved that way. Make sure from whatever route you take, to fill up your tank before you head out. It's so tempting to take some side roads, if your car can handle it (some require a high clearance 4X4, like Hells Backbone, which we did not do). Also, take LOTS of water and food with you. We had an interesting experience of seeing people hiking Calf Creek from the road cliff viewpoint. We basically just did a drive through from Capitol Reef to Kodachrome. Though we were able to make a few short stops, there is so much to see on this road, we certainly did not do it justice. We may get a chance to go again. It's so refreshing to see such large expanses of land with nothing!! Hope it can be preserved that way. Make sure from whatever route you take, to fill up your tank before you head out. It's so tempting to take some side roads, if your car can handle it (some require a high clearance 4X4, like Hells Backbone, which we did not do). Also, take LOTS of water and food with you. We had an interesting experience of seeing people hiking Calf Creek from the road cliff viewpoint. Also if you plan on spending any more than a day on the roads/trails out here, you may want to let someone know you are out here and your approximate location as there is limited to no cell service on most of this route. Note, on a clear day you can see the La Sal Mountains in Moab from the Larb Hollow Viewpoint. We were unable to see this on the day we were there (forest fire smoke), but I see another person who has posted pics for this trail was able to see it!

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Breck Tuttle
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Scenic driving

This is a beautiful drive and runs along a ridge that has great views.

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Chris Ryan
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Scenic driving

I have been all over the US and this is one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Not to be missed.

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Doug Neidholdt
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Scenic driving

Leads to almost unlimited hiking/backpacking opportunities. Scenic and varied terrain. Desert to mountain sky islands.

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Scott Wilson
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Scenic driving

One of my favorite drive ever!! Not too crowded and off the beaten path.

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Jack Tatsch
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Scenic driving

My last trip on this Hwy was July, 2009, in a Allegro Bay RV. I did it in 1992 pulling a 29' fifth wheel trailer. This road shows you how gutless those vehicles really are! Beautiful drive, however.

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Eric Conner
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Scenic driving
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I make this drive all the time when I live in Utah... absolutely beautiful.

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Donna Reese
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Antonio García
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Nadya Hinman
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Scenic driving
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Wendy Ebaugh
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Hiking
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Kat Moore
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Hiking
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Kristofor O'Neal
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Scenic driving
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Josh Sands
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B V Pramod
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Jennifer Kumar
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kevin cook
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