RV Travel – Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

Those of us who love traveling by RV are always looking for that special place – the one that makes you pull over, get out of your motorhome and simply gaze in wonder at the sights around you. We’ve found one of those spots, or rather, a whole highway full of jaw-dropping scenery, in the form of Utah’s Scenic Byway 12. Here are our suggestions for getting the most out of your RV trip along this over-the-top roadway.

Saddle Arch Upper Muley Twist Canyon - Capital Reef National Park

Saddle Arch – Capital Reef National Park


  • Capitol Reef National Park: Start your trip along Scenic Byway 12 with a visit to Capitol Reef National Park near Torrey, Utah. About four hours southeast of Salt Lake City, this National Park site will surprise you with the remnants of a Mormon settlement in the shade of enormous stone bluffs. Take the time to wander one of the Park’s many trails and get to know the geologic “fold” that created the unusual beauty this site celebrates.
  • Scenic Overlooks: Continue south along Scenic Byway 12 toward Boulder, Utah and sneak a peek along the way at the region’s grand vistas, courtesy of several scenic overlooks. Larb Hollow and Homestead Overlooks, in particular, thrill Utah visitors with views of the surrounding lakes, mountains and magnificent rock formations.
  • Anasazi State Park Museum: Your RV roadtrip along Utah’s Scenic Byway 12 should include a stop at this site protecting the ruins of a large Anasazi village built more than one thousand years ago.


At this point, you’ll begin swooping through sandstone canyons and redrock formations toward Escalante, gateway to a whole collection of nature preserves and National Parks. Decide whether you’d rather spend time exploring Escalante Petrified Forest State Park or Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (or stay to visit both.) Both are filled with memorable trails to hike and sights to see in this windswept section of Utah. One place to stop and rest while you’re choosing is Broken Bow RV Park, right on Main Street in Escalante.

The rest of the Scenic Byway, all the way to Panguitch, Utah, passes through places so beautiful you’ll want to stay forever. Overlooks, pullouts and stately forests may have you stopping more than driving! Here are three more places where you’ll want to have your cameras ready, in particular:

    • Kodachrome Basin State Park: Definitely worth a quick side trip to see the awesome rock towers reaching for the sky. You’ll also find comfortable camping facilities there, if you’re ready for a break.
Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

  • Bryce Canyon National Park: This park almost defies description, but try to picture an enormous canyon filled with multistory “hoodoos” made of stone. Your RV trip along Byway 12 should most certainly include time to fully explore the mysterious beauty of Bryce Canyon.
  • Dixie National Forest/Red Canyon: This magnificent nature preserve along Scenic Byway 12 covers the spectrum from dense forest land to soaring red rock canyons. The campground at Red Canyon is right on your route and would make a fitting final stop on your journey.

The wonders of central and southern Utah will be abundantly clear as your RV travels along Scenic Byway 12. If you’d like help planning your trip, be sure to contact our Salt Lake City El Monte RV Rentals office. Get ready for a colorfully fascinating trip as you follow this legendary road.

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4 Responses to RV Travel – Utah’s Scenic Byway 12

  1. bob miller says:

    Nice article describing the wonders of Highway 12, but I am looking for RV parks or campgrounds to stay in while enjoying the ride. Have any info to pass on to me?

  2. Monty says:

    Hi Bob: Check this out for campgrounds in Utah: Utah RV Parks – Utah Campgrounds

  3. David Grover says:

    This is what I love about Utah, there are so many different geological formations that its mind boggling. Never forget to bring a camera along with you when you travel Utah’s National Parks!

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