- Zion Canyon Scenic Drive
Short, seven mile drive along the canyon floor. Sheer, vividly colored cliffs tower above as you follow this road along the floor of Zion Canyon. This narrow deep is the centerpiece of the park. It awed early visitors like Frederick Vining Fisher, a Methodist minister who named the Great White Throne, Angles Landing and many other monoliths. Today the canyon continues to spark a sense of wonder and disbelief in those who come and stand beneath its 2,000 to 3,000 foot walls. Along the bottom of the canyon flows the Virgin River. It is the river with the looks of a creek and the muscle of the Colorado. This small river almost single handedly carved the profound rock gorge of Zion Canyon. It began its cutting more than 13 million years ago and continues its work today.
- Zion - Mt Carmel Highway
This 13 mile drive is up steep switchbacks and through tunnels to Checkerboard Mesa. Outstanding works of man and nature compete for attention along this route. The road, completed in 1930, was considered an "almost impossible project," an engineering marvel of its time. Built across rough up-and-down terrain, it connects lower Zion Canyon with the high plateaus to the east. Two narrow tunnels, including one 1.1 miles long, were blasted through the cliffs to finish the construction job. As you travel from one side of the tunnel to the other, the landscape changes dramatically. On one side lies Zion Canyon with its massive cliff walls. The colossal size of the canyon is matched by one of the most striking attractions alone this road - the Great Arch of Zion, a "blind" arch carved high in a vertical cliff wall. On the other side of the tunnel is slickrock country. Here rocks colored in white and pastels of orange and red have been eroded into hundreds of fantastic shapes, etched through time with odd patterns of cracks and grooves. The mountains of sandstone known as Checkerboard Mesa stands as the most prominent example of this naturally sculptured rock art.
- Kolob Canyons
Scenic drive skirting the Kolob "finger canyons", (5 miles from Kolob Canyons Visitor Center; 45 miles from Zion Canyon). Two roads lead from the north-western corner of the park, where streams have carved spectacular canyons at the edge of Kolob Terrace. The Kolob Canyons Road enters the park from I-15 at exit 40 and penetrates 5 miles into the red rock, perpendicular walled Finger Canyons, ending at a high viewpoint. The Kolob Terrace Road overlooks the white and salmon-colored cliffs of the Left and Right Forks of North Creek. Both routes climb into forests of pinyon and juniper, ponderosa pine, fir, and quaking aspen are found at Lava Point. In summer there is often a feel of mountain coolness to the air atop Kolob's high country plateaus. In the early spring the Kolob is buried under thick snowpack.
- Nebo Loop Scenic Byway
The 38-mile byway takes about 1Ĺ hours to complete. It is closed in the winter. This byway crosses the Uinta National Forest between the cities of Nephi and Payson. It climbs to over 9,000 feet in elevation and provides breathtaking views of Utah valley, the Wasatch Mountains and 11,928-foot Mount Nebo, the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range.
A unique scenic feature is the Devilís Kitchen Geologic Interest Site with picnic facilities, a paved trail and observation deck. Nebo Loop MapThe spectacular red color of this amphitheater, with its many spires reminiscent of Bryce, is a brilliant contrast to the mountain greenery surrounding it. The eroded sandstone formationís startling red color adds contrast to the mountain greenery found through the rest of the byway.
- Highway 12 Scenic Byway
Junction of US-89 to Torrey. This route connects Bryce Canyon National Park with Capitol Reef National Park. Highway 12 passes through Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and over Boulder Mountain in the Dixie National Forest to its conclusion near the entrance to Capitol Reef National Park. A small community rich in pioneer heritage, Tropic is typical of the other small towns on U-12 east of Breast of Bryce Canyon. Near the town of Cannonville, is the northern boundary of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. A visitor center in Cannonville may help visitors experience the local culture past and present. A 7-mile paved road leads south from Cannonville to Kodachrome Basin State Park Highway 12 Map One mile west of the town of Escalante is Petrified Forest State Park. The town itself borders the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The road continues through the Escalante canyons with panoramic views over miles of colorful slickrock. After crossing the Escalante River, visitors may picnic at Calf Creek Campground. From here, a six-mile round-trip trail takes visitors to Lower Calf Creek Falls.