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Hell's Backbone Road

153 Route Forest Service, Escalante, UT 84726
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Also known as Scenic Highway 12. Is GREAT!

Connects the Escalate Grand Staircase National Monument to Bryce Canyon City. Is a paved, curvy... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Char C
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Las Vegas NV, United States
Long drive but worth it

Ok roads for cars. Nice pine trees at the top. Certain areas you'll not want to look over the side... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2018
Eric T
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153 Route Forest Service, Escalante, UT 84726
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Connects the Escalate Grand Staircase National Monument to Bryce Canyon City. Is a paved, curvy, scenic road. Has 12% grades. 95% without guard rails. Sections are along mountain tops, with cliffs on both sides. Is an adrenaline rush to drive it - we LOVED it!

Thank Char C
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

Ok roads for cars. Nice pine trees at the top. Certain areas you'll not want to look over the side of the cliff.

1  Thank Eric T
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Getting there by any of the possible directions is a large part of the attraction. Take your time. Stop, listen, smell, look, touch the rocks, feel the vibe of history and those who preceded you. It's like you have been waiting for this moment to...More

1  Thank W6572KQroberts
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

Your really should have an ATV, and know how to drive it, to take this road. At the very least, a high-clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle, and check with the visitor's center about current conditions

Thank corybrinkerhoff
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We drove through the Dixie National Forest and stopped in many spots to take pictures of the frozen streams, wildlife, The Aspen tree's were beautiful. The One lane bridge crosses over a cool canyon.

1  Thank David N
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

As previous reviewers have stated, most of the scenery on this road is hidden by the pine forest. The view from the actual Hells Gate Bridge make up for it. The road at present does have a fair amount of washboard particularly on the curves...More

Thank David F
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

This is a lovely drive so take your time. Some views but the best is at the bridge located at the height of land. Be certain to read how the bridge was built.it gave me chills just reading about it.

1  Thank 558renater
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

This road is pretty, but you are deep in a pine forest for 95% of the 35 miles, it does open up near the bridge for a very nice view of the canyons below. I found the road to be a little boring. Route 12...More

2  Thank IrishGirlinConcord
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

Take your time on this one. Don't keep trying to catch a glimpse of the Box-Death Hollows Wilderness - it will eventually reveal itself in all it's glory. Plan to spend at least 3-4 hours giving the drive the time it deserves. You can read...More

1  Thank Csu R
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Reviewed 11 October 2017

This is a peaceful dirt road across the top of the mountains for the most part. Very back to nature & leisurely. Do not rush. You will spot wildlife along the way. Not the red rocks of the national & state parks but still pretty....More

Thank WorldTravelers1218
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