State Route 12

State Route 12, A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway

Located in Garfield County and Wayne County, in southern Utah, United States, Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 is a very scenic drive running between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks.

How long is Utah State route 12?

The road is 122mi (197km) long. It’s totally paved and also known as Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) or “Highway 12—A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway”. It was built in 1920’s. It took nearly four decades to build the road.

Where does Utah State route 12 start and end?

The road runs from U.S. 89 near Panguitch on the west with S.R. 24 near Torrey on the northeast.

Is the Scenic Byway 12 dangerous?

It's a winding steep journey, with some parts up to 8%. Not for the faint of heart or acrophobes: on this road, you will be driving along the edges of drops that will make you rethink the Grand Canyon’s status as the most incredible canyon in the States. Many segments of the road have sharp curves and narrow to no paved shoulders. Even small rain storms can cause dangerous flash floods in streams, drainages and canyons along Scenic Byway 12. Between Escalante and Boulder, the highway traverses a knife-edge with high cliffs on both sides of the roadway and no guardrails.

How long does it take to drive the Utah State route 12?

Plan 3 hours without stops to complete the journey between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. As you estimate the time necessary to travel the length of the byway, use an average speed of 40 miles per hour. There are plenty of stops along the way for beautiful picture taking. To avoid the crowds the spring and fall months are your best bet. Make sure you drive it in the daylight. The drive offers plenty of interesting things to see and spectacular views of wonderful scenery. Stunning vistas will dazzle and amaze. Along the way you’ll travel through some of the most diverse and ruggedly beautiful landscapes in the country. This is one pretty epic road as it plays host to two national parks, three state parks, a national monument, and a national forest. It is a unique route well worth traveling.

Is Hwy 12 open in Utah?

This is a high mountain road, topping out at 2.929m (9,609ft) above the sea level, at Boulder Pass. The road is open year-round, but after major winter storms, sections might be impassible until plowed. Cell phones do not work along many miles of the road due to the rugged terrain and remoteness.


NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.