Utah's Scenic Byway 12: The Ultimate Road Trip

Embark on a journey along Utah's Scenic Byway 12, where every turn reveals the unparalleled beauty of canyons, forests, and historic towns.

Last updated: Mar 2024

    Free access to the road; park entrance fees vary.


    More than 500 Miles from you


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  1. Start your journey from either end of the byway, near Bryce Canyon or Capitol Reef National Park.
  2. Plan for stops at key viewpoints and attractions, such as the Escalante River, Anasazi State Park Museum, and Kodachrome Basin State Park.
  3. Allocate time for short hikes or guided tours to immerse yourself in the natural beauty.



Scenic Byway 12, Utah

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  • Comfortable driving shoes
  • Camera or smartphone for photos
  • Water and snacks for the road
  • Map or GPS device


What's the best time of year to drive Scenic Byway 12? 
Late spring to early fall offers the most favorable weather, though the route is open year-round.
Are there any fees for accessing the parks along the byway? 
Yes, national and some state parks require entrance fees.
Is the road suitable for all vehicle types? 
While most of the road is accessible to standard vehicles, some sections may require a high-clearance or 4WD vehicle.