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Old 05-16-2016, 09:57 PM   #1
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Hwy 12 in Utah

Heading cross country in mid/late August...initially heading to Glacier. Then meandering down to Utah with a number of stops along the way...est a 4-6 week trip. Hwy 12 in Utah looks like a great road to explore. Anybody have experience with that route. I'm pulling a 28 ft box TT with a 2016 Sierra with max tow pkg.
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:15 PM   #2
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Beautiful road! It wasn't tough for us, but we had a small trailer at the time. We need to get together so I don't have to type it all...
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Old 05-17-2016, 11:15 AM   #3
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It is. Lot's of info online. One of the most beautiful drives in America.


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Old 05-17-2016, 01:43 PM   #4
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There is a good stopping point around 9400 feet on top of Boulder Mountain. Will be on the east side of the road and has great views and room for the trailer.

While staying in Torrey we drove to Boulder and then down Burr trail road. Burr trail is a really nice drive. At the end there are some switchbacks that take you down into Capitol Reef. You can then drive north on a sand/gravel road back to rt 24 along the water pocket fold.

Almost at the end of rt 12 is the Red Canyon. Very nice visitors center with RV parking. Some short, spectacular hikes right from the parking lot.

The Hogs Back is very short, only a half mile long. Intimidates some people. I found it to be no big deal at all.

The views from this road, particularly between Boulder and Escalante are truly spectacular and left me wondering how they built that road.

Scenicbyway12.com has a great PDF with a bunch of information.


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Old 05-17-2016, 03:02 PM   #5
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Much of UT-12 is Winding 2-Lane Road (some of it with at least a narrow shoulder - but some without). With any length of Trailer, you'll likely make an average of 30MPH - not counting all the times that you'll WANT TO Pull-Off in one of the 1/2-dozen Scenic Overlooks or HAVE TO Pull-over onto whatever serves as a shoulder to let the accumulated Faster Traffic get past. If you are just Thru-Driving, one would probably suggest that you "Go Around".

But, if you do, you'll miss some Very BEAUTIFUL Country!! This is Red Rocks Country at its Finest, with some Alpine Driving bundled in...

I'd really suggest that you Don't want to Miss It... But don't plan to Tow through it without setting aside AT LEAST a Full Day!!

Better would be to Drop the Trailer at an RV Park near either end.

At the North End, you could try Torrey Wonderland RV Park (never Camped There but used the Dump-Out because I'd been Boondocking in the area) or Capitol Reef NP CG.
If you set aside a whole day, catch Capitol Reef at Sunrise. Then Drive the Loop south along UT-12 to Boulder. From there, take the Burr Trail East through Long Canyon into the southern tip of Capitol Reef NP, possibly stopping for a quick Overlook Hike at Lower Muley Twist Canyon to the Strike Valley Overlook (try to get there before mid-afternoon), before taking the Burr Trail Switchbacks down to the Notom-Bullfrog Road, and that back North to your Camper at Capitol Reef.

At the South End of UT-12 is Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon - both of which have Great Camping. And of course one could spend a day or two at Bryce and still want MORE...

The problem with that Plan is you miss the middle part - Boulder-to-Escalante - driving along the HogsBack and other Slickrock areas. You miss the easy Dayhike of Lower Calf Canyon, or the somewhat more strenuous one to Escalante Natural Bridge.

Any of the Above, the Suburban will do with Confidence and Comfort... Not so much so with the Travel Trailer...
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Old 05-17-2016, 06:56 PM   #6
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Thanks for the Hwy 12 feedback

I appreciate the insights to driving Hwy 12. I like the idea of spotting the TT and making the run in the Sierra. Gives us greater flexibility and probably less stressful...and a more relaxing drive. Thanks to all again.
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The only section you may average 30 is between Boulder and Escalante. Figure 45 from Torrey to Boulder and 50 from Escalante west.


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Old 05-18-2016, 05:45 PM   #8
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Boulder is a small town and know as a speed trap. If you are in your trailer you are probably not going that fast, but watch as you enter into town, the local guys are, and it goes to 35 without much notice.

Enjoy the drive it is a great route.

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