""Loop the Fold" Part 3: Scenic Hwy 12" Top 5 Page for this destination Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do Tip by goodfish

Capitol Reef National Park Things to Do: 109 reviews and 261 photos

If not interested in a side trip to the Calf Creek hike and/or drive across the Hogback, the loop heads north on Hwy 12 at Boulder; visit the museum at Anasazi State Park if you have time. Just the other side of town, this section of the route leaves the boundaries of Grand Staircase-Escalante N.M. and enters Dixie National Forest. You weave up, up 9,400 feet of the Aquarius Plateau to an alpine landscape of blue lakes, evergreen and aspen before sliding down, down again to Torrey. Along the way are a couple of fantastic overlook pullouts affording sweeping views across Grand Staircase-Escalanate and the Waterpocket to the Henry Mountains and even, on a clear morning, farther beyond to Monument Valley.

Our day was plagued with haze - not an uncommon problem in Southwestern parks - and my pictures suffered but what I could see with my eyes versus capture with the lens was a nice consolation prize.

Note: free-range livestock and deer were thick along the road so be very, very careful and keep your speed down. We spied one enormous cow bottoms-up in the ditch and can only hope that the vehicle that caused its demise didn't meet with the same fate.

Address: 37 miles of Hwy 12 between Torrey and Boulder
Website: http://www.scenicbyway12.com/

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  • Updated May 7, 2012
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