This road is a designated All-American Road, which is a distinction only given to about 1/3 of scenic byways. All-American Roads get this distinction because they offer unique features that you can’t find anywhere else. We also overheard a couple of different people raving about it while we were in Zion. Needless to say, our expectations for this 113 mile-long stretch of highway were very high and we were excited about the journey… but did it live up to the hype?
As we set off, I made the joke, “what if it’s not even that cool?” Laughing because everyone had talked so much about it. I think I might have jinxed us…
Destinations Along Scenic Byway 12
When we first got onto the road, it was pretty cool! This part of the road goes through Red Canyon where tunnels are carved out of the stone canyon walls.
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Drove up the Scenic Byway 12 in Utah yesterday, everyone raves at how great it was and that we couldn’t miss it, but honestly both @shellyborga and I weren’t all that impressed? Might have been because we were coming from Zion where it’s incredible idk 🤷🏼♀️ this archway that to road cuts through was pretty sweet though! . . . . #visitutah #scenicbyway #discoverutah #utahunique #brycecanyon #roadtrippin #rbmroadtrip #dametraveler #gltlove #ladiesgoneglobal #sheisnotlost #usaroadtrip #exploretocreate #exploreutah #utahisrad
The canyons/rock formations were a striking red and very interesting but didn’t compare to what we had seen in Zion National Park.
Bryce Canyon National Park
We stopped off at Bryce Canyon National Park to do a little exploring. We opted not to do any hikes, but the road that runs through the park offers plenty of pull-offs with scenic viewing points, so we spent an hour or two exploring and driving through the park.
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There are so many words that rhyme with “Bryce” and an infinite amount of puns that I just can’t choose🤪 let’s hear your best! 📸: @shellyborga #BryceBryceBaby #BryceisNice #HaveABryceDay #OfMenAndBryce #CoolAsBryce #TheBryceIsRight . . . . #utahunique #utahisrad #brycecanyonnationalpark #brycecanyon #brycecanyonnps #utahisbeautiful #liveelevated #radgirlscollective #dametraveler #mountaingirls
Driving along Scenic Byway 12
After leaving Bryce National Park, that’s when things became a little questionable. We were expecting amazing, what we got was dirt…
Not that it was ugly, it just wasn’t the incredible drive we were expecting — and again, it just wasn’t anywhere as amazing as Zion National Park.
After Calf Creek is an internationally famous stretch of byway known as “The Hogback.” The road runs along a very steep ridge that drops off on both sides.
It was a very diverse drive though, we went from the above photos to a forest on Boulder Mountain in a matter of a couple miles.
Is Driving Scenic Byway 12 worth it?
So is it worth it to add on the extra hour and a half (at least)? Yes. You’re traveling and there to experience all that you can, so I say go for it! It didn’t live up to our expectations, but it’s made for some pretty funny inside jokes and memories, including buying $50 fringe vests at a gas station…
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Have you ever driven Scenic Byway 12 before? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!