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Escalante, Utah - Scenic Drives

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Welcome to Utah Heritage Highway 89 and the Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area. We are the artisans and business owners of the Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance. You are about to begin a a heritage adventure that will take you through one or more of five uniquely Western heritage areas.

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 1 hour
  • 32 miles oneway

  • Rough Dirt/Gravel
  • 1 - 2 hours
  • 30 miles oneway

Hell's Backbone starts from Hwy. 12 just south of Boulder and climbs up and around Box Death Hollow Wilderness. It features a dramatic stretch of road along a narrow ridge with sheer drops on both sides and crosses wonderful narrow bridge. The route has some great views out over the range as it twists through pine, spruce and fir forests.

  • Paved
  • 4 hours
  • 122 miles oneway

Highway 12 is one of the most spectacular scenic byways in the country. It begins at Hwy 24 near Torrey and runs south and west for 122 miles to Hwy. 89 south of Panguitch.

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 6 hours
  • 115 mile roundtrip

The Hole-in-the-Rock Road runs through rugged areas of the the Grand Staircase before ending at Lake Powell.

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel - single lane with turnouts
  • 1 hour
  • 40 miles oneway

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel but very rough and rutted in places
  • 5 hours
  • 78 miles oneway

From Escalante, this route climbs switchbacks 1,200 feet up Smokey Mountain before winding through the exceptionally rugged desert landscape of the Grand Staircase. Along the route are some good views over Lake Powell and up to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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