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This is the one part that give nervous worries to some, and maybe even me. There are no guardrails along the steep drop offs. The portion of the roads winds and has switchbacks for about 3 miles, while the whole section runs about 5 miles for steep drops off the edges. Elevation climb to 9, 200 feet is a challenge in some spots.
The section of Hwy 12 did not get completed until 1935 by the CCC. Because of the difficulty in making a road on the peak of the ridge, it costs $1 million back then; maybe $30 million now. Before that the only transportation across Boulder to Escalante and for mail route was by mule. It took a while, and I am sure winter was a "trip"

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  • Updated Oct 29, 2009
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