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Dinosaur Diamond is named for the rough diamond shape of this remarkable area, stretching from Eastern Utah into Western Colorado. The Byway offers opportunities for the public to visit archeological and fossil sites in their natural settings.

  • about four hours
  • 164 miles (263 km)

Completed in 1976 and dubbed the "Bicentennial Highway," this road is the gateway to Natural Bridges National Monument, where erosion has created the world's largest display of natural bridges, formed out of 225 million-year-old Cedar Mesa sandstone.

  • 3 hours to drive the byway.
  • 68 miles (109 km)

Bull Creek Pass National Back Country Byway winds for 68 miles through Utah's Henry Mountains. The view from the route includes colorful canyons, steep cliffs, vast badlands, and rugged alpine mountains.The byway climbs nearly a mile as it loops through this colorful, vibrant mountain range set betw...

  • 30 minutes minimum, but 2-3 hours recommended to enjoy the state and national parks.
  • 35 miles (56 km)

An intriguing name for an intriguing place: Dead Horse Point is so named because in the mid-1800s, cowboys installed wild mustangs here, on the natural corral, a small plateau 2,000 feet above the Colorado River. Unwanted culls or "broomtails" were left behind on the plateau to find their way off th...

  • 10 hours to drive or 10 days to enjoy the Byway
  • 480 miles (772 km)

The Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway delivers discovery and exploration at several sites filled with science and history. The two-state Byway combines opportunities to see dinosaur bones being excavated and prepared by paleontologists for museum display. Visit the museums along the Byway that showcase reconstructed skeletons and fleshed-out recreations of dinosaurs found in the area.

  • 35 miles (56 km)

Beginning fourteen miles north of Monticello, this scenic byway travels west from US-191 to Newspaper Rock and the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.

  • Rough Dirt/Gravel
  • 8 - 10 hours
  • 57 miles

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 3 - 4 hours
  • 76 mile roundtrip

The Needles and Anticline Overlooks provide fantastic views of the canyon country in and near Canyonlands National Park. A marked gravel road off Hwy 191 about 32 miles south of Moab leads to both. Though the drive itself isn't exceptional, the overlooks are.

  • Paved
  • 2 hours
  • 34 mile roundtrip

Potash Scenic Byway (Hwy. 279) begins at Hwy 191 about 3 miles northwest of Moab and a short distance past the Colorado River. It follows the Colorado southeast for about 16 miles, ending at the Moab Salt Plant. The byway runs between high cliff walls on the west and the Colorado River on the east.

  • Paved
  • 1 - 2 hours
  • 35 miles oneway

The Squaw Flat Scenic Byway (Hwy 211) begins at Hwy 191 about 40 miles south of Moab, and runs west into the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Along the way is nice red rock scenery, good views south of the Abajo Mountains and wonderful Newspaper Rock -- a cliff wall densely covered with Indian petroglyphs.

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