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Cathedral Valley Loop

Cathedral Valley Loop is an off-road tour of northern portions of Capitol Reef National Park. This scenic driving tour showcases panoramic viewpoints, dramatic diversity in landscapes, historical remnants, geologic oddities, and more. This 57 mile (92 km) expedition quickly encounters a river ford crossing and leads on through the bentonite hills to Lower South Desert…

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Rock Art

Ancient scenes preserved on rock surfaces are found throughout Utah’s southern desert.  These petroglyphs and pictographs give a glimpse into the historic living of the ancient people that once inhabited this harsh region.  The people left behind paintings (pictographs) or carved images (petroglyphs) of human-like and animal-like figures.  Like us today, these ancient civilizations were…

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Scenic Byway 12

Scenic Byway 12 received the designation of an “All American Road” in 2002 by the Federal Highway Administration.  This designation is awarded to routes with features that do not exist elsewhere in the United States and are unique and important enough to be tourist destinations unto themselves.   Highway 12 snakes through Dixie National Forest climbing…

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Stargazing

Utah leads the world with nine International Dark Sky Parks.  The International Dark Sky Association has said “An International Dark Sky Park is a land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and a nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural heritage, and/or public enjoyment.”  As the sun…