Even if it didn't have a beautiful national park at each end -- Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef -- the Highway 12 Scenic Byway, which passes by and through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, would be well worth the drive for the richly varied scenery: red-rock spires and canyons, dense forests of tall evergreens, pastoral meadows, colorful slickrock, and plunging waterfalls. Whether you're just passing through, pausing briefly at scenic viewpoints along the way, or stopping to explore this huge national monument, you'll have plenty to see. Those driving between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks should allow at least 4 hours for the trip, but can easily take longer with a stop in the small community of Escalante, a visit to its fine state park, and a detour through the wild areas in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and other nearby public lands. … Back to Article
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