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Going from Great Basin National Park to Capitol Reef National Park, I drove on Scenic Byway 12 (Highway 12) in Utah. It was one of the best drives I had ever experienced. It was 124 miles long, well paved, not too twisty, and goes through some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. We only stopped briefly at Red Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, and the Boynton Overlook which was about midway, and I really think we should have spent more time and made more stops.

View of Red Canyon as seen from Highway 12 on the way to Bryce Canyon.

View of Red Canyon as seen from Highway 12 on the way to Bryce Canyon.

Hoodoos named Salt and Pepper shakers at Red Canyon.

Hoodoos named Salt and Pepper shakers at Red Canyon.

Bryce Canyon is one of the most photographed places on earth, and I’ve been there three times already. This fourth time, I went to Fairyland Point Overlook at the northern end of the park.

View of beginning of hiking trail from Fairyland Point Overlook at Bryce Canyon.

View of beginning of hiking trail from Fairyland Point Overlook at Bryce Canyon.

Hikers on trail, as seen from Fairyland Point Overlook at Bryce Canyon.

Hikers on trail, as seen from Fairyland Point Overlook at Bryce Canyon.

The views from Boynton Overlook on Highway 12 were simply spectacular, almost surreal.

Vierw from Boynton Overlook on Highway 12.

View from Boynton Overlook on Highway 12.

Another view from Boynton Overlook on Highway 12.

Another view from Boynton Overlook on Highway 12.

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