Utah’s 124-mile All American Scenic Byway 12 captured my heart with intense drama, diversity, and landscapes unfolding with stunning perfection across south-central Utah.
This All American Road has 11 amazing national or state forests, parks, monuments, and recreation areas, each a destination in its own right.
Desolate shale badlands and limestone canyons filled with eroding rock formations and spirals of hoo-doos inhabit a diverse landscape of infinite, quiet beauty. Breathtaking is an understatement.
Scenic 12 crosses the Trail of The Ancients Scenic Byway where maps spiral beyond time in a land that has shaped resilient, tenacious people from Paleolithic societies to ancestral Puebloans to nomadic Navajo, Apache, and Ute tribes followed by white settlers.
Limited water, rugged topography, and powerful winds carve astonishing vistas, an enduring faith, and deep appreciation for life.
Vistas spanning hundreds of miles and eons of time offer a rare silence broken occasionally by the faint drone of airplanes. Sunrise and sunset delight the senses while expansive dark skies starscapes reveal glimpses of the universe beyond our galaxy.
Scenic Byway 12 has two entry points. The southwestern gateway is from U.S. HW 89, seven miles south of the city of Panguitch. The northeastern gateway is from HW 24 in the town of Torrey near Capitol Reef National Park. There are nine communities along the route. There’s quite an expanse between towns so be sure to keep an eye on your gas guage.
How does a road become an All American? These elite scenic byways are a portal to Nature’s stunning creations.
All American Roads offer inspiring vistas of natural, historic, recreational, archeological, and cultural significance.
I have love affairs with every All American Road I meet.
A single lifetime is not nearly enough.