Scenic Byway 12

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  • Interpretive Center in Escalante

    An Interpretive Center in Escalante informs visitors.

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  • Diverse Landscape Along Scenic Byway 12

    Early morning view north across sagebrush meadows from the roadside near a turnoff to Bryce Canyon.

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  • Welcome to Dixie National Forest

    A U.S. Forest Service sign greets visitors to Dixie National Forest in Red Canyon.

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  • Bruce Fullmer Speaks at Scenic Byway 12 All-American Road Celebration

    Bruce Fullmer of Garfield County says a few words at the Scenic Byway 12 All-American Road Designation event in Boulder, Utah.

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  • Lone Pine Tree on Cliffside

    The roots of a small yet resilient pine tree stand exposed on the edge of Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Powell Point

    Powell Point, a significant landmark on Scenic Byway 12, is just waiting to be photographed.

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  • Ebenezer Bryce's Cabin

    Ebenezer Bryce's quaint cabin resides in the town of Tropic.

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  • View from Boulder Mountain

    The view from Boulder Mountain looks down upon a varied landscape.

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  • Hazy Hoodoos at Bryce Canyon

    A prescribed burn in Bryce Canyon creates a smoky morning and gives an ethereal quality to the hoodoos below.

  • Kodachrome Basin State Park

    Beautiful red sandstone spires, the remains of ancient volcanoes, adorn the landscape of Kodachrome State Park.

  • Hell's Backbone in 1935

    Black and white sketch of Hell's Backbone in 1935.

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  • Surreal Rock Formations in Red Rock Canyon

    Dave stands at the beginning of the Arches Trail in Losee Canyon off of Red Rock Canyon.

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  • Rock Formations Along Scenic Byway 12 in Red Canyon

    A yellow rock formation juts into the bright blue sky in Red Canyon.

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  • Early Morning in Red Canyon

    Scenic Byway 12 and Red Canyon appear bright under the early morning sun.

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  • Boulder Mountain Overlook

    Looking over the water-pocket fold and Capitol Reef country from an overlook on Boulder Mountain.

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  • The Old Behunin Cabin in Capitol Reef National Park

    Built in 1882, this one-room adobe structure housed a pioneer family of 10.

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  • Cumulus Clouds Above Powell Point

    Storm clouds roll over Powell Point on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • The Castle at Capitol Reef National Park

    Looking across from the visitor center you can see a colorful view of the Castle at Capitol Reef.

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  • Knobby Rocks at Boynton Overlook

    Knobby rocks create part of the uniquely southwestern landscape found at Boynton Overlook.

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  • Motorcycles on Scenic Byway 12

    Three motorcycles cruise around the bend visible from Head of the Rocks Overlook.

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  • Hiker Atop Small Falls

    A hiker peers down at a small waterfall near the slot canyons of Willis Canyon.

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  • Verdant Calf Creek

    Calf Creek provides a lush wetland in the middle of Escalante Canyons.

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  • The Qualities of Scenic Byway 12, Utah's All-American Road.

    Large standing display at Scenic Byway 12's designation event in September 2002 features colorful strip banners describing all six intrinsic qualities of the Byway.

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  • Route to Boulder Mountain

    The sun has escaped the clouds and is warming the winter road.

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  • Inside the Cannonville Visitor Center

    Folks browse the interior of the new (speaking from 2004) BLM visitor center in Cannonville, Utah.

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  • Boynton Overlook

    Scattered plants cling to the mountainside and devour every drop of dew and water that comes their way to stay alive.

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  • Overlook for the Henry Mountains

    A visitor reads a sign under a cloud-strewn sky on Boulder Mountain.

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  • Wall of Arches

    The fiery colors of the wall of arches in Losee Canyon near Red Canyon contrast the light blue sky.

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  • Turnoff to Boulder Mountain

    Fields and homes spread out below the turnoff to Boulder Mountain.

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  • Powell Point in the Background

    Powell Point looms on the horizon over mesa and redrock country at sunset.

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  • View of Boulder Mountain

    Boulder Mountain stands tall in the distance.

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  • Capitol Reef National Park

    Navajo Dome is among the landforms that make up Capitol Reef. Be sure to ask the locals what they call it!

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  • Cattle Wander Freely Around Scenic Byway 12

    Parts of Scenic Byway 12 cross open range areas for livestock.

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  • View from Powell Point

    The languid, overhanging clouds cast a light shadow over the desert hills.

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  • View from Boulder Mountain

    Dark photo of view from pullout near Larb Hollow Overlook at 8,000 feet.

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  • Bryce Canyon from Sunrise Point

    A tree frames a view of Bryce Canyon on a summer afternoon.

  • Wading in the Tropic Creek Waterfall

    A family enjoys the cool water at the foot of a waterfall on the Mossy Cave Trail (the waterfall branch of the hike.)

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  • Too Pooped To Pump

    This tongue-in-cheek notice sits above an old gas pump in Cannonville, Utah on the way to Kodachrome State Park.

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  • Curving Road on the Way to Panguitch

    Scenic Byway 12 curves on its way to Panguitch.

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  • Boynton Overlook

    Looking down from the Boynton Overlook, Scenic Byway 12 curves, and the Hogsback lays in the distance.

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  • Hoodoos on Scenic Byway 12

    White-tipped orange hoodoos sit on both sides of Scenic Byway 12 as it passes through Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Slickrock on Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12 curves around slickrock, and the black road contrasts the ecru-colored landscape.

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  • Sunlight on Sandstone Cave Walls

    Redrock sandstone glows in the sunlight through a view on a hiking trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Through Bryce Canyon National Park

    Scenic Byway 12 snakes through Bryce Canyon National Park, surrounded by hoodoos and patches of trees.

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  • Hikers in a Narrow Pass

    On the Queen's Trail in Bryce Canyon, hikers squeeze through narrow slots in sheer sandstone walls.

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  • Hiker by Calf Creek Falls

    A hiker strolls past the foot of Calf Creek Falls in Escalante Canyons.

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  • Indian Granary in Escalante Canyons

    Anasazi Indian granary nestles in a niche in Escalante Canyons, Utah.

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  • Fall Foliage on Boulder Mountain

    Enjoy bursts of color on Boulder Mountain on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Mesas North of Cannonville, Utah

    Candy-striped mesas rise up into the brilliant blue sky north of Cannonville, Utah.

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  • Evening at Bryce Canyon

    A natural bridge upholds a dappled sunset.

  • Wall of Arches

    A visitor approaches the "wall of arches" on Arches Trail.

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  • Riders on Horseback in the Red Canyon Area.

    Riders start out on horseback in Losee Canyon off of Red Canyon.

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  • Pit Dwelling at Anasazi Museum

    The darkness in the photo is an ancient pit dwelling: nice place to spend hot summer days.

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  • View into Bryce Canyon near Sunset

    Orange, peach, and cream pastels make a warm palette for rock formations at the edge of Bryce Canyon.

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  • Hikers on the Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon

    Two hikers climb along the Rim Trail at Bryce Canyon.

  • A Lone Hoodoo Watches over Losee Canyon

    Hoodoos and arches are found throughout Losee Canyon, Casto Canyon, and Red Canyon.

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  • The "Pioneer Register" on the Old Road through Capitol Reef

    The sheer sandstone walls of this narrow wash bear these inscriptions, etched in by many pioneers who traveled on this road which was once the only way a wagon could pass through the Waterpocket Fold.

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  • Cabin in Dixie National Forest

    This old cabin sits nestled in the high meadows of late summer with a faint glimpse of Cedar Breaks in the distance.

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  • The Historic Fruita Orchards

    The historic Fruita orchards can be seen from Capitol Reef Visitor Center.

  • Visitor at One of the Tanks on the Capitol Gorge Trail

    Visitor watches the tadpoles and other water life that survive in one of the perpetual water holes in the slickrock sandstone of Capitol Gorge.

  • Keyhole Arch

    Three visitors pose in front of the Keyhole Arch.

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  • A Twisted Tree in Losee Canyon

    A visitor stands beside a dead tree on Arches Trail in Losee Canyon. At least this tree is interesting!

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  • Pointing out the Biggest Arch on the Trail

    A visitor stands under the biggest arch on Arches Trail in Losee Canyon.

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  • Hiker on the Chimney Rock Trail

    This hiker rounds a bend on the Chimney Rock Trail.

  • Rugged Redrock of Capitol Reef

    Highway 24 runs through the rugged redrock of Capitol Reef, Utah.

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  • Hikers Descending the Arches Trail

    These three hikers take care descending the Arches Trail in Losee Canyon.

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  • Bridge Over a Dry Wash in Red Canyon

    A hiker peers down a dry wash in Red Canyon.

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  • Anasazi Granary near the Escalante River

    An Anasazi granary sits in the cliffs down by the Escalante River.

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  • Vast View at Head of the Rocks Overlook

    Two visitors are awed by the scope of the wind-scoured countryside stretching out ahead.

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  • Chimney Rock at Capitol Reef National Park

    Chimney Rock stands out at Capitol Reef National Park.

  • The Fruita Orchards in Spring

    The Fruita Orchards provide delectable fruit every year.

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  • Hiking Group Gathers at the Red Canyon Visitor Center

    Group of hikers from Ohio gather at Red Canyon Visitor Center.

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  • Highway 24 heading into Capitol Reef country

    As Highway 24 heads east into Capitol Reef country, the tilted strata of the Waterpocket Fold comes in to view ahead.

  • Pinnacles Seen on Nature Trail Hike

    Conical orange sandstone pillars contrast sharply with gray-white cliffs and deep green conifers at Kodachrome State Park in southern Utah.

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  • Sandstone Spires in Kodachrome Basin State Park

    Sandstone spires lit by the sun rise from the desert floor in Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah. The park was so named because of its brilliant red sandstone spires and formations.

  • A Sweeping View from Boulder Mountain

    The panoramic views from Boulder Mountain are incredible.

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  • Western-style Barn in Boulder

    A patch of blue in stormy skies over Boulder brightens this view of a red barn and fresh-sprouted fields of winter wheat.

  • Panoramic View from Boulder Mountain

    It is impossible to fit the panoramas on Boulder Mountain in a little lens.

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  • Southern Utah's Grand Staircase

    Enjoy views of the rugged country surrounding Escalane Grand Staircase National Monument.

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  • View From the Hogsback

    This view from the edge of the Hogsback on Scenic Byway 12 looks toward Boulder.

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  • Pine Tree in Sandstone Enclosure

    Undaunted by its surroundings, a pine tree stretches above the sandstone walls to catch a few rays of sunlight.

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  • Staff at the Escalante Visitor Center

    Ask questions and find information at the Escalante Multi-Agency Visitor Center.

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  • Looking Down on the Burr Trail

    Take a side trip on the Burr Trail Scenic Backway near Boulder.

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  • Browsing in Escalante's Visitor Center.

    Books, maps, and postcards are available at the Multi Agency Visitor Center in Escalante.

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  • Old Pioneer Fence in Boulder, Utah

    This old pioneer fence remains bordering a field in Boulder.

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  • Rugged Splendor in Color Country

    Boulder Mountain provides a view of rugged splendor.

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  • The Old Hickman Barn in Fruita One Spring Morning

    Sunlight strikes the old Hickman homestead barn one spring morning in Fruita, with the orange and cream sandstone cliffs of the Waterpocket Fold behind.

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  • Petrified Wood at Escalante State Park

    Petrified wood, like this log, is common at Escalante State Park.

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  • Rock Garden at Escalante State Park.

    Visitors tour the rock garden of petrified wood at Escalante State Park.

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  • Fall Colors on Quaking Aspens

    Quaking autumn aspen abounds on Boulder Mountain.

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  • Overlooking Bryce Canyon

    An old tree overlooks Bryce Canyon.

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  • Early Morning in Bryce Canyon

    Bryce Canyon's Sunset Point on the day of a prescribed burn in the nearby forest.

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  • Pioneer Wagon on Hole-in-the-Rock Trail

    Black and white sketch of wagon on Hole-in-the-Rock Trail.

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  • Peeking Through Sandstone Walls

    The break in the sandstone walls lends us a taste of a marvelous view on the Arches Trail on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Ranch in Tropic, Utah

    Green fields of a ranch near the road contrast with the rugged sandstone terrain visible on the horizon.

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  • Riders on Hole-in-the-Rock Trail

    Black and white sketch of riders on the Hole-in-the-Rock Trail

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  • Colored Countryside Above Bowns Reservoir

    As travelers climb Boulder Mountain they will meet with views of the rocky valley and, in the fall, changing leaves.

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  • Viewpoint a Few Miles North of Hole-in-the-Rock Turnoff

    "On a Clear Day" pullout affords a marvelous view that stretches far into the distance.

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  • Autumn Aspen Dot the Mountainside

    The aspen on Boulder Mountain change color in September.

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  • Jagged Formations at Kodachrome Basin State Park

    The tilt of the camera makes these jagged uprisings of rock seem even more surreal.

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  • Animals and Manlike Figures on the Cliffs in Capitol Reef National Park

    This photo captures a closeup of Fremont Indian petroglyphs near Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • The Blues Landscape

    The Blues describes the entire landscape well on this bright summer day.

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  • Layers of Rock in Willis Canyon

    Gray and yellow bands of rock form the sides of Willis Canyon.

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  • Hickman Bridge in Capitol Reef National Park

    The cream-colored Hickman Bridge is just a short hike from Highway 24.

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  • Scooped Canyon Walls

    Flash floods have created huge scooped caverns in the slot canyon walls of Willis Canyon.

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  • Visitors Looking Out Over Dixie National Forest

    Visitors looking out from Larb Hollow Overlook on Boulder Mountain can see part of the Dixie National Forest, the Waterpocket Fold, and the Henry Mountains.

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  • Cattle on Boulder Mountain

    Cattle enjoy the grasses alongside Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Local Cowboy on Scenic Byway 12

    Horseback riding in the Scenic Byway 12 region has been a popular activity for decades.

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  • Aspen, Pine, and the Road Down Boulder Mountain

    The road winds down Boulder Mountain through forests of aspens and evergreens.

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  • Hikers along Mossy Cave Hike and Tropic Canal

    Miniscule hikers look at the sunlit hoodoos in the distance.

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  • Climbing Up Through "The Blues" on Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12 climbs up through the chilly-looking "Blues" at a vicious 12 percent grade.

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  • North End of Upper Valley near Intrigue Pullout

    Dark photo of north end of Upper Valley near Intrigue pullout.

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  • Junction with Hole-In-The-Rock Scenic Backway

    This sign is posted near the junction with Hole-In-The-Rock Scenic Backway.

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  • Angel's Palace Trail in Kodachrome State Park, UT

    Angel's Palace Trail leads the traveler into a narrow canyon.

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  • Canyons at Calf Creek Recreation Picnic Area

    An RV waits for its owners to return at a parking area at Calf Creek, under brilliant redrock.

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  • "A Landmark in History" -- Blues Scenic Pullout

    This pullout offers an extensive view of the mutli-colored mountains.

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  • Wildcat Ranger Station

    This is the Wildcat Ranger Station area, as seen from the road in the summer.

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  • Framed in Stone

    This natural arch frames layers of landscape with red stone.

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  • Escalante Canyons seen from Boynton Overlook on Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12's Boynton Overlook commands an impressive view of the arid Escalante Canyons.

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  • Red Canyon Visitor Center

    Red hills rise behind the Red Canyon Visitor Center.

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  • Torrey's Historic Old Schoolhouse and Church

    A Utah historic site, this old log schoolhouse with its bell tower and red sandstone steps is a lovely reminder of Torrey's pioneer heritage.

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  • Wading in Calf's Creek

    A lone hiker wades in the cool waters of Calf's Creek in Escalante Canyons, Utah.

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  • The Big Apple Outdoor Dance Hall in Torrey, Utah

    The early pioneers held evening musical entertainments and dances in the Big Apple Outdoor Dance Hall in Torrey. The hall is used for much the same purposes today.

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  • The Road to Kodachrome Basin

    The road contrasts with candy striped country near Kodachrome Basin.

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  • Posey Lake Shoreline

    Linger snow clings to the shores of Posey Lake.

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  • Orange Hoodoos by Scenic Byway 12 in Utah

    Slickrock formations by Scenic Byway 12 in Utah gleam surreally in the afternoon sun.

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  • Ebenezer Bryce's Cabin

    This historic cabin is part of a museum that is open to the public.

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  • Fremont Indian Petroglyphs

    Rams, sheep, and curious figures remain etched in Fremont Indian petroglyphs next to Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • View Northeast from Larb Hollow Overlook

    Looking northeast from Larb Hollow Overlook relatively flat candy-striped mesas sit near Dixie National Forest and east of Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Visitors at the Windows of Fruita's Historic Old Schoolhouse

    Visitors peer inside Fruita's historic old log schoolhouse as they listen to the recorded voice of a former schoolteacher tell of her experiences here.

  • Two Mule Deer at Dusk near the Highway

    Two mule deer at dusk, startled while feeding on the spring growth near the petroglyphs by the highway in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • A Barrel Cactus Blooming on the Hickman Bridge Trail

    The vivid red blooms of a barrel cactus are a treasure to find on the Hickman Bridge Trail in spring.

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  • Visitor Watches Sunset at Fiery Sunset Point in Capitol Reef

    A man on a bench is catching the park at its best, with spring-bright juniper and sagebrush spotlighted against the fiery red and orange rocks of Sunset Point.

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  • Fun in a Tree at Capitol Reef National Park

    This young byway traveler has fun in a straggly juniper tree.

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  • Calf Creek Falls

    Water gracefully cascades down the slickened rock at Calf Creek Falls in Escalante Canyons.

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  • Welcome to the Grand Staircase

    The new signs welcome visitors to the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

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  • Castle Rock

    In brilliant oranges and reds, Castle Rock rises heavenward.

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  • Posey Lake Shoreline

    Snow clings to the edges of the Posey Lake shore.

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  • Reconstructed Anasazi Ruins

    Angel explores the Anasazi buildings at Anasazi State Park.

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  • Leaving Kodachrome Basin

    Colorful sagebrush and juniper contrast with the brightly colored mesas in the distance.

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  • A Reconstructed Anasazi House

    A park ranger explains the building style of the Anasazi at the Anasazi Village State Park in Boulder, Utah.

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  • View of Canyons from Burr Trail

    This view from Burr Trail shows the road when it was still unpaved (before the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument was designated).

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  • Pullout Along Scenic Byway 12 for Hole-in-the-Rock Turnoff

    Hole-In-The-Rock Pullout and sign sit in front of a spectacular view of tall mountains.

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  • Red Canyon Scenic Turnout and Thunder Mountain Trailhead

    A single car enjoys the view near the West Entrance to Red Canyon.

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  • Posey Lake in Summer

    Posey Lake lies still in the summer sun.

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  • Close-Up of Anasazi Granary at "Intrigue of the Past"

    You'll need a pair of binoculars or a telephoto lens to get this close a look at this archaeological site.

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  • A Trail at Posey Lake

    A lone hiker heads for the shade on a trail at Posey Lake.

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  • Old, Pioneer-Era Fence in Boulder

    Boulder, Utah boasts several picturesque pastoral scenes framed by the mountains.

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  • Anasazi Village Ruins

    Take a walk around Anasazi Village State Park to see the ruins that have been uncovered here.

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  • A Jumble of Rocks in Willis Canyon

    Water-etched walls line this narrow slot canyon in Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument.

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  • Tropic General Store

    Quaint buildings, both old and new, dot Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Information at Cassidy Trailhead in Red Canyon

    A Kiosk in Red Canyon.

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  • Calf Creek in Escalante Canyons

    Calf Creek in the Escalante Canyons is the life blood of the area.

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  • Junction of Scenic Byway 12 and Posey Lake Road Scenic Backway

    The lonely Posey Lake Road junctions with Scenic Byway 12 and leads to Posey Lake.

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  • Too Pooped to Pump

    An old gas pump reveals the culture of Cannonville.

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  • Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon

    A hiker enjoys a waterfall on the Mossy Cave Trail in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Hoodoos on Mossy Cave Hike in Bryce Canyon

    Brillant, orange, mossy cave fins decorate the bright blue skyline in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Groundhog Preservation Field at Junction to Bryce Canyon

    White clouds float over the expanse of the Groundhog Preservation Field.

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  • Sunset in Bryce Canyon

    Shadows are creeping up the rocky crags of Sunset Point.

  • Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

    The aerial view of Escalante Petrified Forest State Park from Petrified Forest Walk lends an extensive view of the surrounding landscape.

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  • Sculpture Outside the Anasazi Village Museum

    This sculpture is located at the Anasazi Village State Park in Boulder, Utah.

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  • Split Boulder on the Burr Trail

    A huge orange boulder lies cracked beside the road near the Burr Trail.

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  • View to Water Pocket Fold and Henry Mountains

    From this overlook, fascinating geology spreads out on the landscape below.

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  • Escalante Multi-Agency Visitor Center

    A few cars sit in the parking lot at the Escalante Multi-Agency Office.

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  • Entrance to Escalante Multi-Agency Visitor Center

    The desert landscape spreads out north before the Escalante Multi-Agency Office.

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  • Walking in Willis Canyon

    A hiker maneuvers through the twisted and bizarre slot canyons of Willis Canyon.

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  • Watery Path Through Slot Canyon

    The Willis Canyon hike features narrow slot canyon walls and a small stream.

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  • Burr Trail Overlook

    A clear sky tops the rugged terrain at an overlook on the Burr Trail.

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  • Sculpted Walls and Columns

    Erosion from flash floods has carved the walls of Willis Canyon.

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  • Capitol Gorge

    Golden cliffs tower overhead in the Capitol Gorge of Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Pool at Edge of Falls

    Water forms a small pool near a falls in Willis Canyon.

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  • Natural Bridge in Bryce Canyon

    Water carved this great arch in a outcropping in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Multicolored Cliff Walls in Long Canyon

    Long Canyon on the Burr Trail has walls of brick-red hue.

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  • Glowing Cliffs of Capitol Reef

    A tiny waterfall flows beneath the glowing cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Looking into Bryce Canyon

    A fantastic landscape of pillars unfolds before you from a Bryce Canyon overlook.

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  • Shadows and Sunlight in the Slot Canyon

    Willis Canyon offers hiking through shadows and sunlight as the walls converge.

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  • Escalante River Valley

    Willows and other riparian vegetation line the Escalante River and bring welcome wetness to this arid region.

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  • Fiery Light on Capitol Reef Cliffs

    Sunlight casts warm rays on the golden cliffs of Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Shadows Over the Capitol Gorge Trail

    Tall cliffs cast shadows over the trail ahead on the Capitol Gorge Trail in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Capitol Gorge

    The Capitol Gorge hiking path careens past high and low golden cliffs in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Powell Point from Bryce Canyon

    Powell Point is prominent on the horizon from Bryce Canyon on a lovely summer day.

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  • Colorful Walls in Capitol Gorge

    Bands of color line rock walls beside Capitol Gorge in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Driving Long Canyon on Utah's Burr Trail

    A car approaches on the Burr Trail. Golden cliffs streaked with desert varnish tower above the road in Long Canyon.

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  • Approaching Long Canyon

    From an overlook on the Burr Trail is a bird's eye view of Long Canyon.

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  • Benched Into a Cliff Above Long Canyon

    A white car parks tight against the cliffside on the Burr Trail. There is no shoulder on the cliff side, and what looks like a very long drop on the other! This may be part of the famous switchbacks descending into the Capitol Reef area.

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  • Long Canyon Walls on the Burr Trail

    A hiker strolls along the roadside beneath the beautiful walls of Long Canyon on Utah's Burr Trail.

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  • Approaching the End of Long Canyon on Burr Trail

    The paved Burr Trail curves through a rocky desert canyon in Utah. Clouds are scattered across the blue sky, making shadows on the rocks.

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  • Climbing out of Long Canyon on the Burr Trail

    The rocky desert terrain of Long Canyon looms beside the Burr Trail in Utah.

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  • Burr Trail above Deer Creek in Utah

    The Burr Trail winds through the desert hills of Deer Creek, Utah.

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  • Approaching the End of Long Canyon on Burr Trail

    Clouds are scattered across a blue sky, making shadows in a rocky desert canyon on Utah's Burr Trail.

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  • Sandstone, Sand Dunes and Ridges Forever

    The red sand of the Capitol Reef area is a soft foreground to starker stone mesas and uplifts in the distance.

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  • Early Light on Navajo Peak

    Morning sun casts an ethereal light on the white Navajo sandstone peak prominent above SR 14.

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  • Chimney Rock

    Chimney Rock and background mesas stand out against the white of a mostly cloudy sky.

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  • Entrance to Capitol Gorge

    Shade structure and parking area greets hikers at the entrance to Capitol Gorge in Utah's Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Escalante Natural Bridge

    The long span of this natural bridge in the midst of the Escalante Canyons rises above the bright green band of cottonwoods lining the Escalante River, on the Escalante River Trail.

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  • Horses Grazing in Boulder

    Horses graze in a pasture beside a red barn in Boulder, Utah.

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  • Early Light at Capitol Reef National Park

    Afternoon sunlight tints the cliffs of Capitol Reef with fire.

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  • View from Sunrise Point

    Afternoon sunlight brings the creamy formations at Sunrise Point in of Bryce Canyon into sharp relief.

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  • Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon

    Shadows and sunlight tint the hoodoos near the Natural Bridge Overlook in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Hoodoo View in Bryce Canyon

    Elegant orange and white hoodoos highlight thie view of Bryce Canyon, taken from near the end of the park road.

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  • Powell Point

    Pine needles frame this view of Powell Point.

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  • Colored Rock Ridges at Bryce Canyon

    A cloud-strewn sky highlights this view of a long striped ridge in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Clouds, Red Rock and Tree at Bryce Canyon

    The twisted branches and roots of a bare-twigged tree on the edge of Bryce Canyon highlight this view of red rock canyons and cloud-speckled sky.

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  • Powell Point over Bryce Canyon

    Powell Point is visible on the horizon under a sky strewn with clouds.

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  • Clouds and Canyons at Bryce Canyon National Park

    Sunlight brings the subtle colors of Bryce Canyon National Park to life.

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  • Canyons Forever in Bryce

    Sunlight tips rock formations as far as the eye can see in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Bryce Point and Bryce Canyon

    The marvelous cream, rust and orange hoodoos of Bryce Canyon shimmer under a summer sky.

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  • Powell Point over Bryce Canyon

    Powell Point stands out on the horizon over the cream and rust colored cliffs of this section of Bryce Canyon.

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  • Powell Point over Bryce Canyon

    Powell Point is prominent on the horizon over the cream-colored cliffs of this section of Bryce Canyon.

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  • View South from New Home Bench

    A cloud-strewn sky extends over landscape of white rock dappled with rich green juniper.

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  • View of Henry Mountains

    A vast panorama which includes Capitol Reef National Park and the Henry Mountains can be seen from this interpretive overlook.

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  • Byway Panel in Escalante

    This is a close up of one of the interpretive panels at a byway roadside kiosk in Escalante.

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  • Larb Hollow Overlook on Boulder Mountain

    Travelers read the panels at the Larb Hollow Overlook on Boulder Mountain.

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  • Larb Hollow Overlook on Boulder Mountain

    A traveler reads an panel at the Larb Hollow Overlook on Boulder Mountain.

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  • Wayside Overlook on Boulder Mountain

    A visitor stops for the view from an overlook on Boulder Mountain. Partly cloudy skies add texture to a spring-green forest landscape.

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  • Overlook South of Escalante

    A visitor reads about the area at this overlook south of Escalante.

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  • Tourist Information Center at Torrey

    The three-paneled visitor orientation kiosk is right outside a small staffed information center in Torrey. The grounds of the center are nicely landscaped with wildflowers.

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  • Looking out over Escalante Canyons

    From the top of the Hogsback, this view looks over the Escalante River toward Bryce Canyon National Park. There is just a hint of the winding maze of the white section of Escalante Canyons.

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  • Looking out over Escalante Canyons

    From the top of the Hogsback, this view looks out over the Escalante River toward Bryce Canyon National Park. There is just a hint of the winding maze of the white section of Escalante Canyons.

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  • Tropic Creek

    Tropic Creek winds gently between trees and redrock below the Mossy Cave Trail.

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  • Sitting on a Log over Tropic Creek

    Hiker relaxes on a log bridge over one of the streams on the Mossy Cave Trail. This is on the Mossy Cave branch of the Trail.

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  • Tropic Creek Under Hoodoos

    Tropic Creek (actually an irrigation ditch) flows even in high summer in Bryce Canyon, on the Mossy Cave trail.

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  • Torrey Main Street

    A shady, tree-lined main street is a rarity in this hot desert country.

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  • Calf Creek Falls from a Distance

    The waters of Calf Creek Falls gather gracefully in a pool below. Green foilage springs up all around.

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  • Dairy Farm in Boulder, Utah

    A bright red barn stands out against white cliffs and green fields on this dairy farm in Boulder, Utah.

  • Hiking a Slot Canyon

    A hiker pauses to look at the effect of flash floods in Willis Canyon.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Winds Past "The Blues."

    Scenic Byway 12 proceeds in a northeastern direction through "The Blues" from Powell Point Overlook.

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  • Cave-like Formations in Bryce Canyon

    Winter is a beautiful time to visit Bryce Canyon. Winter sunlight and snow give the formations a new dimension.

  • Swimming in Tropic Creek

    Hikers on the Mossy Cave Trail get a welcome break from the July heat with a dip in Tropic Creek in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Wading in Tropic Creek

    Hikers on the Mossy Cave Trail get a welcome break from the July heat with a dip in Tropic Creek in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Shady Spot Under a Pinyon Pine

    On the rim hiking trail above Bryce Canyon, a gnarled pinyon pine tree offers a shady retreat from the desert sun.

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  • Cyclist on Scenic Byway 12

    A recreational biker tries out the brand new biking trail paralleling Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12. Cyclists find Scenic Byway 12 an increasingly popular spot to visit.

  • Fremont Petroglyphs at Capitol Reef

    Fremont petroglyphs can been seen on the sides of cliffs at Capitol Reef.

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  • Fremont Indian Petroglyphs Along Highway 24 in Capitol Reef National Park

    You need a keen eye to see the Fremont Indian petroglyphs here in Capitol Reef National Park.

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  • Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12 in Utah

    The rock formations really are this bright, especially in the afternoon.

  • Driving through a Red Canyon Tunnel

    This road passes through a tunnel in Red Canyon, seen from the "Popular through the Ages" turnout.

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  • View Across Plateaus from Scenic Byway 12 Rest Area near Bryce Summit

    A lone pine looms over the flowered valley floor at the Summit Rest Area on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Anasazi Granary at "Intrigue of the Past" Pullout

    This Anasazi granary is barely visible high in a niche in the rocks above the roadside pullout.

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  • Dipping Down into Escalante Canyons

    Scenic Byway 12 takes the traveler on a magic journey through Escalante Canyons.

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  • Junction of Scenic Byway 12 and Cottonwood Road in Cannonville, UT

    Power lines parallel the Cannonville junction of Scenic Byway 12 and Cottonwood Road to Kodachrome State Park.

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  • View from Scenic Byway 12's Boynton Overlook

    It's worth stopping at the Boynton Overlook for this spectacular view.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Across the Hogsback

    This view looks back across the Hogsback on Scenic Byway 12 near Boulder.

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  • Waterpocket Fold and the Henry Mountains

    On a crystal clear day, you can see 20 miles to the Henry Mountains, Waterpocket Fold, and Dixie National Forest from the Larb Hollow Overlook on Scenic Byway 12 in Utah.

  • Turnoff to Scenic Byway 12 from SR-24 Near Torrey

    This is the junction of Scenic Byway 12 and SR-24 near the town of Torrey.

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  • Driving Along Upper Valley

    Driving along Upper Valley, golden mesas line the roadsides.

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  • Nan Expressing Her Opinion of Garfield County

    Nan, a big fan of the Wayne County part of the Byway, was ready to leave Garfield County by the time we finished driving through it.

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  • Writing Down the Scene

    Leslie takes notes on the wonderful view on Scenic Byway 12 as it proceeds over the Hogsback.

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  • The New Biking Trail in Red Canyon

    A recreational cyclist utilizes the brand new biking trail that parallels Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • When Mountains Get the Blues...

    This gray landscape on Scenic Byway 12 is known as "The Blues."

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  • Valley Dotted with Agricultural Fields

    Farmers irrigate a field near Tropic, Utah on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Photographing the View

    From this overlook, visitors can see enough square mileage to fill Connecticut.

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  • Wayne County

    Nan Anderson finally reaches Wayne County on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Hiking Around Scenic Byway 12

    A visitor hikes Arches Trail on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • It's Been a Long Day for Bruce!

    Bruce Fullmer takes a quick nap between stops on the Scenic Byway 12 tour with NSBO.

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  • Anasazi Granary-- an "Intrigue of the Past."

    Look for granaries like this Anasazi Granary all along Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Hiker at an Overlook in Red Canyon

    Hiking the Arches Trail in Losee Canyon off of Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12, visitors can enjoy overlooks.

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  • Peculiar Landforms of Scenic Byway 12

    This arch is the biggest arch on the Arches Trail in Losee Canyon.

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  • Gold and Orange Aspen

    In the fall, on Scenic Byway 12, look for gold and orange aspen to match the gold and orange sandstone.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Curves Past Rock Outcroppings.

    Scenic Byway 12 heads back to Escalante near Head of the Rocks overlook, passing rock outcroppings.

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  • Escalante Canyons from Boynton Overlook

    Scenic Byway 12 travels below Boynton Overlook and crosses the Escalante River.

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  • An Overlook That Deserves A Grin

    A visitor grins as she looks out over Powell Point.

  • The Rugged Wilderness of Scenic Byway 12

    Mountains, pine trees, and sagebrush fields form a wilderness view on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • A Cow Grazes on Boulder Mountain.

    Visitors may encounter cattle along Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Views in Every Direction from Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12 offers views in every direction when you cross the Hogsback.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Across the Hogsback

    Scenic Byway 12 runs north along the ridge called the Hogsback.

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  • The Mouth of Casto Canyon

    Hoodoos lie at the mouth of Casto Canyon in Red Canyon area of Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Trail Guide Waits by a Pinto in Losee Canyon

    Guided trail rides are a popular activity on Scenic Byway 12.

  • View from Head of the Rocks Overlook.

    Scenic Byway 12 winds through the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

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  • Heading West Beneath Creamy White Navajo Dome

    The creamy white sandstone knob of Navajo Dome is prominent above Scenic Byway 12 heading west. Locals have a saltier name for this formation; you'll have to ask them for it!

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  • Byway Enthusiasts at Scenic Byway 12 Ribbon-Cutting

    Nan Anderson, Bruce Fullmer, and many others gather in Boulder, Utah, to cut the ribbon across Scenic Byway 12, opening it for traffic as an All-American Road.

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  • Nan Anderson at Scenic Byway 12 All-American Road Celebration

    Nan Anderson of Wayne County, Utah says a few words at the Scenic Byway 12 All-American Road celebration in Boulder, Utah.

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  • Featuring the Qualities of Scenic Byway 12

    This large display at Scenic Byway 12's September designation event in Boulder, Utah is made of strip banners featuring photos, descriptions and history of the Byway.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Signage

    This is the square version of the Utah state scenic byway program roadsign, on the same signpost as a Scenic Byway 12 sign.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Scenic Byway 12

    Utah's Scenic Byway 12 receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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  • "Travel Made Easy" Sign on Scenic Byway 12

    This is a closeup of the "Travel Made Easy" interpretive sign on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Escalante Information Center

    An old log cabin stands next to a three-paneled kiosk in Escalante on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Fiery Formations of Red Canyon

    Sunset paints the red rock pinnacles and peaks of Red Canyon in fiery hues next to Scenic Byway 12.

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  • A USFS Interpretive Sign Near Boulder

    This is a sample of an early USFS Interpretive sign on Scenic Byway 12 near Boulder, Utah.

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  • Early Morning Light near Torrey

    Early morning sunlight shines on mountains near Torrey and Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Approaching Red Canyon at Sunset

    Shadows fall across both Scenic Byway 12 and a bicycle path as this car travels through Red Canyon.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 South of Escalante

    Byway and highway signage work together to indicate the route on this section of Scenic Byway 12, just south of Escalante.

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  • Byway Orientation Sign at Torrey

    This closeup of one of the three panels at Torrey's byway information kiosk shows a map of Scenic Byway 12 and its points of interest and attractions. A few cosmos flowers get in the way.

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  • Area Around the Scenic Byway 12 Entrance Kiosk at Red Canyon

    This three-paneled kiosk at the Torrey Information Center (at the entrance to Red Canyon) introduces the traveler to Scenic Byway 12 and the surrounding area.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Entrance Kiosk at Torrey

    Pink and white cosmos add color to part of the Torrey Information Center where a three-paneled kiosk provides travelers with information about Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 Entrance Kiosk at Red Canyon

    This three-paneled kiosk at the Torrey Information Center is located at the entrance to Red Canyon. Each panel helps to introduce travelers to Scenic Byway 12 and the surrounding region.

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  • Curving Through Dixie National Forest on Boulder Mountain

    Scenic Byway 12 goes through extensive Dixie National Forest on the side of Boulder Mountain on this calm, cloudy day.

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  • Reading the Kiosk at Torrey

    Travelers plan a trip on Scenic Byway 12, surrounded by brightly-colored wildflowers at the kiosk in Torrey.

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  • Looking North Toward Escalante River

    Travelers look over the wonderful view at this interpretive stop on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Traversing the New Home Bench

    Scenic Byway 12 descends the New Home Bench.

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  • The Hogsback on Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12 runs along the narrow ledge of the Hogsback.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 near the Escalante River

    Scenic Byway 12 runs close to aspens lining the Escalante River, and the road itself is edged with no shoulder right up against the towering cliffs of the Escalante Canyons.

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  • Descending to the Escalante River

    Here, Scenic Byway 12 is benched into the redrock cliffside as it descends into the Escalante Canyons and the Escalante River.

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  • New Home Bench on Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12 descends from New Home Bench.

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  • Descending into Escalante Canyons

    Scenic Byway 12 descends into the convoluted redrock canyons of the Escalante River.

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  • Motorhome on Scenic Byway 12 near Escalante

    A motorhome is trailed by a few cars as it drives through a valley edged by tall white cliffs on Scenic Byway 12 in Utah.

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  • "As Far As The Eye Can See" Sign on Scenic Byway 12

    Interpretive sign for the Henry Mountains states "As Far As The Eye Can See."

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  • A World of Rock Near Escalante

    A tumbled, tortured landscape of white rock as far as the eye can see greets travelers on this overlook on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Wayside Parking and Entrance Kiosk at Red Canyon

    Late afternoon sunlight paints this parking area and welcome panel in rich red tones in Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • View Toward Capitol Reef from Boulder Mountain

    Bright green forests stretch out toward the rippling red and white ridges of Capitol Reef, which appear to lay against the deep blue and purples of the Henry Mountains. On this crystal clear day, you can see for miles.

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  • Driving the Hogsback

    The hogsback of Scenic Byway 12 curves atop a ridge of juniper and rock.

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  • Overlooking Boulder

    From the Hogsback of Scenic Byway 12, the ranching and farming community of Boulder nestles amidst rugged terrain.

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  • Byway Attractions Sign in Torrey

    This is one of the multi-colored Scenic Byway 12 orientation signs at the Visitor Information Center in Torrey, Utah.

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  • An Intrepid Photographer at Boynton Overlook

    A photographer captures the perfect view of the Escalante Canyons from Boynton Overlook.

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  • Merging Canyons in the Maze

    Two canyons come together in Willis Canyon.

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  • Sandstone Hoodoo Overlooking Bryce Canyon

    A well-earned view on sunlit orange hoodoos rewards hikers from a ridge in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Rock Tunnel on Scenic Byway 12

    Scenic Byway 12 tunnels through a redrock fin in Red Canyon, Utah.

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  • Scattered Pine Trees on Bryce Canyon Ridges

    Pine trees thrive where little else can by sending their roots deep into the orange and cream-colored sandstone in the ridges and valleys of Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Cannonville Visitor Center

    The American flag flies over the shadowed grounds of Cannonville's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center in September.

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  • Powell Point and Scenic Byway 12

    The forest-topped bluff of pink-and-white Powell Point rises above the gold and white buttes and mesas of the Escalante-Grand Staircase area of Scenic Byway 12 between Cannonville and Henrieville.

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  • On Scenic Byway 12 in the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument

    Scenic Byway 12 lies ahead between multicolored buttes and mesas in the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument.

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  • Byway Tunnel in Red Canyon

    A car is about to drive through one of the tunnels on Scenic Byway 12 in Utah.

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  • Hikers on Bryce Canyon Trail

    A couple strolls down one of the hiking trails that descend from Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Exposed Tree Roots on Bryce Canyon Rim

    A small pine clings to the rim of Bryce Canyon near Sunset Point.

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  • Switchbacks on Bryce Canyon Trail

    From Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon a trail descends into the canyon by a series of switchbacks. Far below the trail disappears into a shadowed slot canyon.

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  • Sunlit Powell Point

    The pink and white formation called Powell Point rises from the gray-blue rock fields called "The Blues."

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  • Rabbitbrush in the Blues

    Yellow-flowered rabbitbrush flourishes on the rim of the Blues below Powell Point at the overlook and rest area on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • Hiker above Reservoir at Escalante State Park

    A hiker braves a stormy sky to hike the petrified forest trail at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

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  • Petrified Log at Escalante State Park

    A huge petrified log lies in pieces before the restroom facilities in the campground at Escalante Petrified Forest State Park.

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  • Scenic Byway 12 below Head of the Rocks

    Scenic Byway 12 curves through white and pink Navajo sandstone far below the overlook known as Head of the Rocks.

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  • Powell Point, "A Landmark in History"

    Roadside stop has fine view of Powell Point. An interpretive plaque tells all about it and the slate-gray rock formations of this part of the Grand Staircase, nicknamed "The Blues."

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  • Switchbacks on Bryce Canyon Trail

    Hikers are scattered along several tiers of switchbacks on the trail below Sunset Point in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Entering a Slot Canyon at Bryce

    A visitor to Bryce Canyon looks ahead where the bottom of the Sunset Point trail disappears into a slot canyon.

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  • Visitor at Upper Blues Overlook

    Angel enjoys the sunshine at Powell Point Overlook on Scenic Byway 12 in Utah.

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  • Newly Constructed Walkway to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Visitor Center

    Stone, timber and graceful lampposts are highlights of the newly constructed Escalante/Grand Staircase National Monument Visitor Center built in Cannonville, Utah.

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  • Tree in Slot Canyon

    A sturdy, slender tree trunk rises to reach the sunshine high above the convoluted slot canyon in Bryce Canyon below Sunset Point.

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  • Looking Down from the Switchbacks

    Two hikers on the switchbacks wave at hikers below on the Sunset Point trail in Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Cyclist on Red Canyon Trail

    A biker rolls along the Red Canyon Biking Trail under a cloudy sky one morning in Red Canyon on Scenic Byway 12.

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  • A Magnificent View from Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon

    Sunlight on a beautiful morning lights up miles of the seemingly endless landscape visible from Sunrise Point in Bryce Canyon.

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  • Man-Made Tunnel through Red Canyon

    Scenic Byway 12 tunnels through a redrock fin in Red Canyon, Utah.

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  • Leaving Red Canyon

    A spectacular display of redrock hoodoos and arches awaits travelers as they drive Scenic Byway 12 through Red Canyon.

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  • Hoodoos Beside SR-12 in Red Canyon

    Brilliant red rock formations usher sightseers into the aptly named Red Canyon west of Bryce Canyon National Park.

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  • Overlooking Escalante Canyons from Boynton Overlook

    An overcast sky brings out the brilliant colors of sagebrush-covered cliffs and rock formations in Escalante Canyons as seen from the Boynton Overlook.

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  • Breathtaking View from Scenic Byway 12 (UT)

    A serene landscape of sandstone stretches as far as the eye can see in the area near the Escalante River and Escalante Canyons of Utah.

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  • Cloud Formations over Escalante Canyons

    Fluffy cumulus clouds sprawl out over the cream-and-orange sandstone of Escalante Canyons from the Head of the Rock Overlook on Scenic Byway 12 in Utah.

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  • Prickly Pear Cactus with Fruit

    Prickly pear cactus is commonly found throughout the southwestern U.S. This one bears pinkish-purple fruit.

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  • Clark's Nutcracker on Limber Pine Tree

    A Clark's Nutcracker perches against a striking blue sky atop a limber pine branch loaded with cones.

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