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Monticello, Utah - Scenic Drives

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  • 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.

  • Rough Dirt/Gravel
  • 3 - 4 hours
  • 48 miles oneway

The Elk Ridge Road Scenic Backway (County Rd. #285, Forest Rd. #079) climbs onto Elk Ridge near Natural Bridges NM. It also climbs to over 8,700 feet in elevation as it passes through the geologic formations known as the 'Bears Ears'.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Nine hours to drive (including backtracking) or six days to enjoy the Byway.
  • 480 miles (772 km)

The Trail of the Ancients takes you back to a time long before the United States existed, long before Spaniards came north from what is today Central America. Amazingly, some regions of the Colorado Plateau remain today much as they must have been in the 13th and 14th Centuries. Arid and mostly unin...

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