Scenic USA - Utah

Red Canyon

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Red Canyon - Panguitch, Utah

Photos by Denny Barnes
Denny Barnes Photography

   The American Southwest is most famous for its vast desert landscapes, gaping canyons and its brilliant pallet of red rock scenery. Utah’s Grand Circle of national parks puts this majestic scenery on display, a collection of breathtaking natural wonders that no one should miss.
   Here in South Central Utah, Scenic Route 12, part of the Clem Church Memorial Highway, cuts Red  Canyon Tunnel through the heart of this untamed territory. Pictured here is Red Canyon, just minutes away from one of the most beautiful national park settings in the West, Bryce Canyon. This road side view can't be missed, as visitors heading east from Zion National Park or west from Bryce Canyon must drive through this part of the Paunsaugunt Plateau and Butch Cassidy country. These fire-red spires and pinnacles loom over top the byway, offering another photo opportunity. Connecting Route 24 with U.S. Route 89, the scenic byway travels through the Dixie National Forest and all along the northern edge of the Grand Staircase. Along with standout Bryce Canyon National Park, Route 12 passes the Tropic Reservoir, Escalante Petrified Forest, Escalante Canyons, Calf Creek Recreation Area and Calf Creek Falls, Anasazi State Park, and the thrilling Hogback. Nearby side-road attractions include Kodachrome Basin, Burr Trail and the always intriguing Hells Backbone.

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