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Old 07-06-2014, 11:59 AM   #1
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Moab, UT to Zion Via Highway 12

On an upcoming trip we will be leaving Moab, UT, and traveling north to I-70 then southwest to Capital Reef, Torrey, then south on Highway 12 and eventually going through Escalante and on to Highway 89.

For those familiar with Highway 12 in Utah is it a "must do"? Or, is it to be avoided? I can tell there are narrow spots with steep slopes on both sides in some places. We will be in a big rig, towing.

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See if that deer I left on the side of the road on 89 (along with my headlights) is still there. Other than that, we traveled most of those roads in May and they are all scenic.
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Old 07-06-2014, 07:06 PM   #3
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Rt 12 from 63 to 89 is a good road no issues
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Highway 12 is absolutely a must-do if you've never done it before. It's a stellar road, especially between Boulder and Escalante. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time and charge your camera each night. Lots to see between Moab and Zion too... Goblin Valley SP, Bryce NP and a lot more. Enjoy the trip.
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It's a beautiful ride. No one drives it fast so just take your time. We have done it many times both directions with our 40' MH.
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Road is good and an absolute must...one of our favorite scenic routes. No, really.
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How about from Capitol Reef through Boulder to 89?

Thanks for the feedback.

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IMHO it is a must do. The roads are fine but as other mention take your time with your camera.

I travel down on these roads about 8 - 12 times a year for work in my little
economic car when going from service areas. I have lots of time by myself
to see the views.

We go down 2 times with the family in the RV and have a different view as I park the RV and do much more relaxing on these great byways.

I would take your time with your camera.

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From MOab you could also go South on 191 to Blanding then 95 to Hanksville. Done it many times in 40' with 20' trailer. Couple of steep grades but no problems.
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That hy 12 is AWESOME. They call it the "hogback", I think. You drive on top of the "spine", steep drop offs on both sides. Driver has to pay attention, no sightseeing. Many pull-outs for that. Only about 66 miles from Torrey, to Ecalante. Took us about 4 hours with all the stopping/pictures. Capital reef is also amazing. Dry camp, $5.00 / night with "old fart card". Right in the orchards. Eat what you pick, free. Take some home, there are bags, scale, and a post to put the money in. $1.00 a pound .. when we were there. Lot of deer in the park, small store, baked goods.. Drove the car to canyons and "washes". Really a neat park.
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Haven't been there yet but its on my post-retirement list.
Here's a link to a thread on another forum you might like.
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Ran across this on Google Earth. Oh, boy, what a ride!
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Highway 12 is a must see! IMHO. No problems, just really great scenery.
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