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Red Canyon, Scenic Route 12, Utah

The start of Utah's Scenic Route 12
Red Canyon is about a mile from the West end of Scenic Utah-12, near US-89. According to the website, the place even has a visitor's center now.

Like Bryce Canyon, Red Canyon might be a canyon, but it's really a minor step down from the Paunsaugunt Plateau to the Markagunt Plateau, exposing some of the same Pink Cliffs that form the top layer of Bryce Canyon.

It's near the top of the Grand Staircase, and is some of the youngest and highest rock, reaching 9,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level.

Red Canyon, Scenic Route 12
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In 2008, while I went to the far end of Bryce Canyon National Park to take pictures, Jo went for a horseback ride that you can book out of Rubys Inn.

Jo's Horseback Ride
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Utah State Route 12
Utah-12 Link Utah State Route 12 (also named as the "Journey Through Time Byway") is my favorite road in America.

The 124 mile road starts at a unnamed junction with US-89 and ends in Torrey, Utah, pretty much connecting Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef National Park. In-between are a couple of those spectacular Utah State Parks, a National Monument and some jaw-dropping landscapes just off the side of the road.
Utah / 67 Images. Visited Sep 1997, Sep 2008.

US-89 Link US-89 is a remarkable road that follows some of the most scenic areas of the West from Canada to Arizona, and along the way passes through (or comes within a few miles of) over a half dozen major Western Parks. Glacier to Yellowstone to Grand Teton, Bryce, Zion, Glen Canyon and Grand Canyon.

I've actually frequented this road quite a bit, but in a disjointed, non-continuous fashion.

Visited Various
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Trip Report: Sep 1997, Sep 2008.

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