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Old 06-17-2021, 05:40 PM   #1
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Utah 12, another route to avoid

Just drove one of the most scenic drives in America, Utah 12 from Torrey to Cannonville. It is spectacular but driving it in a car was lesson enough. Especially between Boulder and Escalante, several 12 and 14 percent inclines and one area called the Hogback where it winds around the top of the ridge with little shoulder, no rails and a steep drop off on each side. This is a route that some would take to Bryce Canyon but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Sounds good. Thanks for the information.
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I disagree completely. I drove UT RT 12 in a DP and it was one of the most wondrous drives I have ever taken. Yes, the gassers were huffing and puffing, but everyone made it, and all enjoyed the fantastic scenery. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat!
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Sorry.... absolutely don't agree with you. We've done it multiple times with our 40' motorhome towing the Jeep. No issues. The section you describe is so short and you don't even notice the grades. If you typically drive in your lane why would having a shoulder or rails matter? Many accidents happen elsewhere by driving off the shoulder or through guard rails. They're not going to save you.
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sorry.... Absolutely don't agree with you. We've done it multiple times with our 40' motorhome towing the jeep. No issues. The section you describe is so short and you don't even notice the grades. If you typically drive in your lane why would having a shoulder or rails matter? Many accidents happen elsewhere by driving off the shoulder or through guard rails. They're not going to save you.

i agree
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When I saw the MANY big tour busses, the giant Prevost ones, zipping the route without any problems, I figured my little DP (previous rig) would be fine. It was. Iíd do it again Ö and likely will. Beautiful trip.
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I'm sorry but I disagree with all of you. Beautiful drive and amazing scenery, yes. But the Hogback is not safe no matter what you say. One gust of wind and you're gone. And 14% downhill for miles? I don't care if you have a DP or what, it is not fun and I still would not recommend it for an RV. Difficult to enjoy the scenery when you have to concentrate so much on safety.
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I'm sorry but I disagree with all of you. Beautiful drive and amazing scenery, yes. But the Hogback is not safe no matter what you say. One gust of wind and you're gone. And 14% downhill for miles? I don't care if you have a DP or what, it is not fun and I still would not recommend it for an RV. Difficult to enjoy the scenery when you have to concentrate so much on safety.
I'd agree you have to keep you eyes on the road. But it is still the best drive between Torrey and Bryce. And for an attentive and cautious driver it should not be a problem. Still, it's OK if folks pref not to drive it.

I conducted a caravan a few years back and used that route between Torrey and Bryce. Everyone 42' & over elected not to go that way. It's a personal choice. So it's good folks are aware but should be scared off.

I would not recommend going around on 62 and 22 between Burrville, Antimony and Torrey. Especially for the 'big guys'.

So that leaves 24, I-70 and 89. Long way around but one way to get it done.

We liked Utah 12 so much we spent 3 weeks along it a few years ago staying in torrey, Escalante, Bryce, and Kodachrome. We'd still do it again.

P.S. If you don't like UT12 (or are over 40') don't try NV120 between Benton and US395!
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Ha! Yes we drove that in our gasser last fall and WOW was it exciting! LoL! I started down the grade in low doing about 5mph...I didnít care who was behind me! That was steep! But it doesnít last very long and it really was amazingly....not beautiful so much, just spectacular.
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Difficult to enjoy the scenery when you have to concentrate so much on safety.
What one should do is to stop along the route and stay a couple days to explore in their vehicle. There's much more than you see (or don't ) from the highway.
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What one should do is to stop along the route and stay a couple days to explore in their vehicle. There's much more than you see (or don't ) from the highway.
Exactly what I did. Dropped the trailer and went for a wonderful, safe, peaceful drive.
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