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  • Paved and Dirt/Gravel
  • 4 - 5 hours
  • 70 miles

The Burr Trail is a great scenic backway. It starts in the town of Boulder, crosses through the northesternmost portion of the Grand Staircase and then climbs up and over the waterpocket fold of Capitol Reef. Past the waterpocket fold it joins Notum Road.

  • 66 miles (106 km)

Highway 24 is the only route through the heart of Capitol Reef National Park, and leads to Fishlake National Forest, the sprawling San Rafael Swell and the colorful Maze District of Canyonlands National Park.

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 2 - 3 hours
  • 46 miles oneway

Cottonwood Canyon Road travels for 46 miles through rugged and remote areas of the Colorado plateau from Cannonville to near Lake Powell. The route passes the interesting eroded rock forms of Kodachrome Basin State Park and runs through wonderfully colored Cottonwood Canyon.

  • 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.

  • Paved and Dirt/Gravel
  • 3 hours
  • 35 miles oneway

This route runs through the Grand Staircase area from Hwy 89 near Alton to Hwy 89 near Kanab. It features some pretty canyons and views of the colorful cliffs in the area.

  • Paved
  • 1 1/2 hours
  • 60 miles oneway

From Kanab this Byway follows US-89 through Three Lakes Canyon and the Vermillion Cliffs past several western movie locations. The road soon passes Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park. Here a panoramic view unfolds of the White Cliffs and the majestic towers of Zion National Park. Next, the Byway desce...

  • 60 miles (96 km)

The road ascends through the Grand Staircase of vermillion, white and pink cliffs and provides access to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, providing scenic views of Zion National Park and the green fields and orchards of Long Valley.

  • Bentonite Clay - very slippery when wet
  • 1 hour
  • 10 mile roundtrip

  • Three hours to drive or three days to experience the Byway.
  • 124 miles (199 km)

A kaleidoscope of color and a national gem at each end -- Utah's Scenic Byway 12 is a showcase of sandstone sculpted by nature where people have lived and explored for thousands of years. Drive this Byway connecting Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks and you will soon see that you are on n...

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