Highway 12 Scenic Byway
If I had to recommend just one thing to do in southern Utah, it would have to be a drive along Highway 12. This is one of the prettiest roads in the whole United States. It cuts through the heart of southern Utah and presents the essence of the spirit of southern Utah. Do not miss this road on your trip to southern Utah.
[Highway 12 Map
You drive right through this canyon as you travel Highway 12. Include are some interesting tunnels carved right through the red rock fins.
There is a whole section dedicated to this national park, but it still is part of Highway 12, so we just had to include a link to it from here.
Just fifteen minutes off of Highway 12, this basin offers some quiet hikes and some unique petrified geysers, and don’t miss the grand parade showing continuously.
Stop in Escalante at the Escalante Outfitters to get some good advice and directions on all of the fun things to see in the area. This is a quick stop that is a lot of fun.
Hole in the Rock Scenic Backway
An optional trip, but if you have some time there are some fun sites along this road. Take a quick look and if you are interested you can spend a few hours or a day.
Between Escalante and Calf Creek is this wonderful section of road that crossed the slickrock. I just had to show it to you to entice you to be sure to include Hwy. 12 in your southern Utah vacation.
Lower Calf Creek Falls
My favorite family hike in southern Utah. This 2 hour round trip hike leads you through red rock ledges, rock art, streams and a magical water fall.
The Hogs Back
This quarter mile stretch of Hwy. 12 leads along the very ridge of the slickrock with cliffs off both sides it makes for a fun drive.
The Burr Trail
The Trail is paved for the first ten to fifteen minutes and leads into a wilderness of slick rock and isolation. The road begins on the south end of the town of Boulder.
Ruins and a great visitor center, the Anasazi Indian Village State Park is located in the middle of the town of Boulder.
The Boulder Mountain Views
Highway 12 leaves Boulder and heads straight up and over the Boulder Mountains, topping off at 9,000 feet. The views of the surrounding areas area wonderful.
Highway 12 Accomodations and Businesses
One of southern Utah’s finest resorts, Ruby’s Inn hosts accomodations, gift shops and sites to see.
Bryce Valley Inn
Located in Tropic, this hotel features a great hotel, plus a good restaurant and gift shop.
This hotel, restaurant and gift shop are located right across the street from the Anasazi Indian Village in Boulder.
The Boulder Lodge is a new place to stay in Boulder. The construction is of native woods and stones.
This new hotel is located in Escalante. It is constructed of block and very nice.