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Highway 12 Scenic Byway

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Address: UT

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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Greatest drive ever

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Bungay, United Kingdom

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Bungay, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Bungaymike
Wilmington, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

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Montesano, Washington
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137 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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 

Thank sun&oil
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

1 Thank Phil B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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 

1 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 

1 Thank Karen Robert B
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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 

2 Thank rdgtchr
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 410 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Even though it was raining we throughly enjoyed this drive. Every few miles the scenery changed. The cottonwoods were turning yellow and against the gray sky, amazing. Make sure you stop at Kiva's Koffeehouse. The back story is heartwarming and the view and coffee quite good.

1 Thank easyeats57
New Baltimore, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

We had heard warnings about this Byway being tricky but my husband maneuvered it well and I didn't have to use my imaginary brake. The scenery is marvelous and worth the extra time we took heading to Fruita, CO.

1 Thank crzywestiewomyn

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