Thursday, August 21, 2014

Utah Highway 12 - from Escalante to Boulder

Description:  This 29 mile stretch of Utah Highway 12 connects the towns of Escalante and Boulder.  The road runs through a rough, untamed land.

Location:  Between the Utah towns of Escalante and Boulder.

Date of Visit: Monday, May 17, 2010

Driving on this road was part of the fourth day of the Southern Utah Road Trip that my husband and I went on for our anniversary in May of 2010.  We left Escalante Petrified Forest State Park in Escalante and drove to Anazasi State Park in Boulder.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park - Escalante, Utah

Millions of years ago this area was home to many large trees.  After those trees died they were turned to stone.  Remnants of those stone trees are plentiful throughout this state park.  A fairly easy, mile long hike will take you past many pieces of petrified wood. 

Location: 710 N. Reservoir Road Escalante, Utah

Cost: $8.00 Day Use Fee, Camping starts at $19.00

Operating Seasons and Hours: 7:00-10:00 Summer 8:00-10:00 Winter.  Closed Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Official Website:

Date of Visit: Monday, May 17, 2010

This was the first stop on the fourth day of the Southern Utah Road Trip that my husband and I went on in May of 2010.  We left Ruby's Inn at Bryce Canyon and drove an hour east along Highway 12 to Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Bryce Canyon National Park - Day Trip Ideas

This National Park is made up of several amphitheaters carved from sandstone.  The elements have shaped the sandstone into stone pillars.  You can appreciate the odd scenery from trails and overlooks along the edge of the amphitheaters or you can hike down the trails and walk among the stones and pine trees.

Location: Bryce Canyon National Park is located in the center of Southern Utah.  The nearest town of any size is Panguitch which is 30 minutes away.  Bryce Canyon is about 90 minutes from Zion National Park, and 3 hours and 15 minutes from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Cost: The entrance fee is $25 per vehicle, and is good for seven days.  Back country permits are required for over night hiking trips.  They range from $5 to $15 depending on the size of your group. Camping at the developed campgrounds starts at $15 per night.

Operating Seasons and Hours: The park is open all year long.  However, since the park is located at 8000 feet above sea level it has snowfall into the late spring and starting in the early fall. 

Official Website:

Date of Visit: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Bryce Canyon National Park was the destination on the second day of the Southern Utah Road Trip that my husband and I went on in 2010.  We left Zion National Park, passed through Red Canyon on Highway 12 and arrived at Bryce Canyon in the evening.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Red Canyon - Panguitch, Utah

This small canyon with red rock is relatively unheard of.  But pretty much anyone who travels to Bryce Canyon will go through the two stone tunnels in this area.

Location: Red Canyon is twelve miles west of Bryce Canyon National Park and seven miles east of Panguitch, Utah. Highway 12 runs through the lower part of Red Canyon. (This is not the same Red Canyon that is located near Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Northeastern Utah.)

Cost: Free

Operating Seasons and Hours: You can drive through the canyon along Highway 12 all year long.  Many of the trails are accessible anytime.  The Visitor Center opens in April.  The campground opens in May.

Official Website: Red Canyon Campground website:

Date of Visit: Saturday, May 15, 2014

My husband and I passed through Red Canyon during the second day of our Southern Utah Road Trip in 2010.  We left Zion National Park after climbing Angel's Landing.  We drove for about an hour and a half before we arrived in Red Canyon.


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