Utah – Calf Creek Overlook – Highway 12

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Calf Creek Overlook on  Scenic Byway 12, south of Boulder, Utah.

In 2002, State Route 12 was designated an “All-American Road.” Spanning 122 miles, and connecting Capitol Reef National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, it took almost 40 years (from the ’40s to the ’80s) to complete construction. The scenic byway crosses some of the most magnificent scenery on the Colorado Plateau: red-rock desert, mesas, buttes, cliffs, and even lush mountain forests.
– Matador Network –

Utah has the largest open-pit mine in the world. Visible from outer space, the Kennecott Copper Mine is nearly a mile deep and 2.5 miles wide. The mind is still in production and it takes trucks more than two hours to drive from the bottom to the top.
– National Geographic –

In the Fishlake National Forest in Utah, a giant has lived quietly for the past 80,000 years. The Trembling Giant, or Pando, is a enormous grove of quaking aspens that takes the “forest as a single organism” metaphor and literalizes it: the grove really is a single organism. Each of the approximately 47,000 or so trees in the grove is genetically identical and all the trees share a single root system.
– Atlas Obscura –

7 thoughts on “Utah – Calf Creek Overlook – Highway 12

  1. Great photos. I am in awe every single time I visit the west. At every turn is a panorama worthy of poetic tribute. America is fortunate to have this “slice of heaven” within its borders.


    1. I agree – your country is home to so much beauty. We make it a point to visit many places in northern Arizona and southern Utah when we make the journey between Alberta and Arizona.
      Only 22 more sleeps and we’ll be making the journey back to Canada – first stop is the Grand Canyon, and that truly is the most remarkable place I’ve ever been (though Petra in Jordan is a real close second…)

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    1. Good idea – I’ll be going home that way in a few weeks, and maybe I’ll put as much effort into writing about what I see as I do into taking pictures! The Grand Canyon is, of course, the biggest highlight of the entire area, but Bryce Canyon is equally spectacular, but more intimate (if huge canyons can be called intimate…)

      While Northern Arizona and Southern Utah rank right near the top of my list of Great Places, the Canadian Rockies, Petra in Jordan, and just about every Garden in South England are right up there too!


      1. A seasoned traveller, as they say! The pictures will perhaps nudge you towards the writing. I always like a bit of context to personalise photographs …


    1. I think your definition of ‘explore’ is vastly more adventurous and different than mine, but there are ‘landscapes’ enough for everyone whether it is at roadside stops or during long treks!

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