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Old 09-20-2015, 08:58 PM   #1
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Hwy 12 Utah

Traveling from Torrey Utah to Bryce Canyon and wondering if Hwy 12 is an ok road for a 37' rv with tow.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:03 PM   #2
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There is one section called the "Hogback" that some find scary. It's a narrow stretch that drops off on both sides but as long as you take it easy on it and the curves you should be fine. We did it a few years ago in a 29' and toad and there were way bigger rigs than ours on the road too.

It's a GORGEOUS drive, btw.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:14 PM   #3
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You can drive it in any rig. I drove it in a 40 footer and had no problem whatsoever. It is the most beautiful highway I have ever driven, and I have driven in 49 of 50 states. Go for it!
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Drove it in a 42ft. tag with toad. No problems. It is a beautiful drive. Probably one of the top five in the country. Get your camera read for the "hog back".
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We've driven it multiple times in both directions with our 40' MH towing. It presents no issues for us but then we love these kinds of roads. It all depends on your mountain driving experience and how you feel about your RV and its brakes.

The highway is not narrow. It's a normal 2-lane paved highway. It seems narrow in some areas because of the lack of shoulders in those areas. If you can keep the RV between the lines, you'll be fine. There are plenty of areas to pull off. It's not all without shoulders.

From Torrey you'll have a big downhill about 20 miles into the drive. Just prepare yourself and shift into low before you even start the descent. It does have curves.

You'll have about 5 miles of 6% grade, then a section of rolling hills for 4 miles followed by 10 miles of stairstepping grade, some of which is 8%. The longest single section of 8% is about 2 miles long.

Then between Boulder and Escalante there are several sections both uphill and down from 10-11% but don't exceed 2 miles in length. Between Escalante and Henrieville there is 1 mile marked at 12%. Then just east of Bryce there is a 2 mile 8% grade.

These details were taken from the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' a well worthwhile buy by the way if you do mountains.

Many RVers drive it and have no problem. It's absolutely gorgeous. It just depends on how YOU feel.
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:55 PM   #6
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Just did it 10 days ago with our 40' coach and a 12' trailer. Enjoy it, very nice, very scenic! We did a nice lunch stop in a pull off, here's a picture of the edgy part.

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This is great information. Thank you all.

I'm thinking of starting our Hwy 12 adventure from Capitol Reef and head SW to Bryce. Anyone with experience driving an RV to Capitol Reef via UT-24 (off I-70) as suggested by the NPS website, to get to Capitol Reef?

Also, any CGs suggestions in/near Capitol Reef? We look for a minimum of 30amp Electric.
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We drove UT-24 this last August. It is even easier than Hwy 12. Approaching Capitol Reef NP from the east, the road narrows as it enters the park and requires reduced speed for deer and scenery watchers. The park road south from the Visitor Center area is a must see and paved for many scenic miles. Capitol Reef has an interesting pioneer history as does Boulder.
We really enjoyed Thousand Lakes RV park, 1110 W. Hwy 24. However, the Good Sam directory says Thousand Lakes and the other Torrey commercial campground are closed for the season. The NP does have a nice campground in an apple orchard but I don't know if they offer 30 amp or if they are still open.
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Wonderland RV Park in Torrey is an excellent base for seeing Capitol Reef.
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