Road Trip USA Riding the Highways: Utah Scenic Byway 12
Riding the Highways: Utah Scenic Byway 12February 1, 2018 to Completion
Welcome to our 2nd Road Trip Challenge. And in case you are wondering, you do not need to have finished the first one to participate. That's the fun of virtual traveling!!
Scenic Byway 12 has been given the title of All American Road. It’s spectacular scenery which includes several National and State Parks will knock your socks off!!
The number of miles traveled from place to place will be the numbers you use to choose your books. You can mix and match one of the below ways to complete the task but please indicate in each post which option you are using.
✱ Series Number OR
✱ TBR Number (Refers to your Want to Read shelf on GR, sorted any way) OR
✱ Page Count Number (Post total page count)
IMPORTANT: Tasks MUST be completed IN ORDER. Task #1 needs to be completed before moving on to Task #2 and so on. It is a road trip and you can’t hop around.
Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. When you have finished the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and re-post in a new message, letting us know it is completed.
Enjoy Your Trip!
Utah took nearly four decades to cut and pave their way through these rugged hills and cliffs creating what is now known as The All American Road and the best tour of Utah's red-rock desert.
1. Scenic Byway 12 Starting Place: Panguitch
This Old West Town is unique in that most of the buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places list of historic landmarks. Take the historic walking tour and check out the western collectibles.
✱ Read a series #1, #2 or #12 OR read #12 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 2 in the total page count.
Like a Memory Abbi Glines 2/1/18
2. Drive 10 Miles from Panguitch to Red Canyon Visitor Center
Heading east you enter Dixie National Forest and approach Red Canyon, which has been carved and spectacularly colored by nature. You can explore the area on foot using the two trails that leave from the visitor center or be a bit more adventurous and bike the Thunder Mountain Bike Trail.
✱ Read a series #1 or a half step # series OR read #10 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 0 in the total page count.
When Love Comes J.H. Croix 2/7/18
3. Drive 8 Miles from Red Canyon to Bryce Wildlife Adventure Museum
Though a bit unusual, our next stop is a fascinating place to experience wildlife and natural history. Bryce Wildlife Adventure museum features more than 800 mounted animals exhibited in replicas of their natural habitats. It's also home to the largest butterfly collection in the world featuring over 1,400 species.
✱ Read a series #8 OR read #8 from your TBR OR read a book with 8 in the total page count.
228 pages Follow Love J.H. Croix 2/8/18
4. Drive 6 Miles from Bryce Wildlife Adventure to Bryce National Park Visitor Center
Bryce NP features 36,000 acres of ice carved rock formations called hoodoos that change color and shape as the daylight dances across them. It's an awe inspiring experience that will spark your sense of wonder and imagination. The Visitor Center is the perfect place to start your visit but to get a closer look, consider hiking or taking a mule ride to the bottom.
✱ Read a series #6 OR read #6 from your TBR OR read a book with 6 in the total page count.
336 pages Rookie Move Sarina Bowen 2/10/18
5. Take Shuttle to all Bryce Canyon Viewing Points - 34 Miles Roundtrip
The Park offers a wonderful shuttle service to all of the viewpoints along the canyon, allowing you to hop on and off at each point. Don't skip any - they each offer a different view of this astounding scenery. Bryce is one of the most photographic locations in the world - so don't forget your camera.
✱ Read a series #3 or #4 OR read #34 from your TBR OR read a book with 3 AND 4 in the total page count.
304 pages Snow Angels James Thompson 2/15/18
6. Drive 7 Miles from Bryce National Park Visitor Center to Mossy Cave Trailhead
Our next stop is a great chance to explore nature first hand. Mossy Cave is a grotto created by an underground spring and its wet, moss covered walls make for a welcome respite from the dry desert heat. This easy 1 mile roundtrip trail to the cave and waterfall is great for kids and seniors who want to see the hoodoos up close without the steep slopes found in Bryce.
✱ Read a series #7 OR read #7 from your TBR OR read a book with 7 in the total page count.
178 pages One That Came Back Lexy Timms 2/27/18
7. Drive 4 Miles from Mossy Cave Trailhead to Tropic
Tropic was named by Mormon settlers in 1892 for its seemingly mild climate and is a community rich in pioneer Heritage. The area's economy has expanded from cattle ranching and alfalfa fields to accommodate a growing tourist trade. To learn more about its history, check out the Ebenezer Bryce Pioneer Historical Museum.
✱ Read a series #4 OR read #4 from your TBR OR read a book with 4 in the total page count.
One You Never Leave Lexy Timms 2/27/18
8. Drive 12 Miles from Tropic to Kodachrome Basin State Park
To get to Kodachrome State Park we veer off Byway 12, but it is well worth the detour. You will be awed by the 67 monolithic sandstone spires, called sedimentary pipes with their multi-hued layers revealing 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty prompted a National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome, after the popular color film, in 1948.
✱ Read a series #1, #2 OR #12 read #12 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 0 in the total page count.
Read a series #2. Everything We Left Behind Kerry Lonsdale 2/28/18
9. Drive 22 Miles from Kodachrome Basin to The Blues Overlook
East of Henrieville, you’ll encounter a section of sandstone badlands locally known as The Blues. The blue, green and gray landscape is a striking contrast to the red rock we've seen in the area. The badlands are the result of an ancient ocean which covered the area about 80 million years ago. Stop at both Upper and Lower Blues Overlook to enjoy the stunning views.
✱ Read a series #2 OR read #22 from your TBR OR read a book with 2 in the total page count.
Read a series #2. Lucifer's Tears James Thompson 3/2/18
10. Drive 18 Miles from The Blues Overlook to Petrified Forest State Park
Petrified Forest State Park showcases colorful petrified wood and fossilized dinosaur bones. Stop in the visitor center to see Native American artifacts, then take the intriguing trails through lava flows and fields of petrified wood.
✱ Read a series #1 or #8 OR read #18 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 8 in the total page count.
Read a series #8. Devil's Claw J.A. Jance 3/3/18
11. Drive 3 Miles from Petrified Forest State Park to Escalante
Escalante is a popular home base for exploring the Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument known for its numerous slot canyons. But an interesting in-town attraction is the Hole-In-The-Rock Heritage Center. The story of the Hole-in-the-Rock expedition of 1880 is one of the most extraordinary tales of Mormon pioneer spirit and determination.
✱ Read a series #3 OR read #3 from your TBR OR read a book with 3 in the total page count.
Once Burned Jeaniene Frost 3/4/18
12. Drive 19 Miles from Escalante to Lower Creek Falls
The highway bottoms out at the Escalante River and you can't help but be surprised by the lush green vegetation. Stop and take the 2.75-mile walk to Lower Calf Creek Falls. The falls that cascade 126 feet over moss-covered sandstone are a verdant oasis amid the tumbled stone monoliths of the desert. Keep your eyes open for ancient American Indian cliff structures and pictographs along the trail.
✱ Read a series #1 or #9 OR read #19 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 9 in the total page count.
Read a series #1.
Death Below Stairs Jennifer Ashley 3/6/18
13. Drive 5 Miles from Lower Creek Falls to Boulder
Boulder is a gem of a town, offering world-class cuisine at Hell's Backbone Grill and organic coffee and pastries made from locally sourced ingredients at Burr Trail Grill. And no visit to Boulder would be complete without a stop at Anasazi Indian Village State Park where ancient ruins have been excavated by the archeology department of the university of Utah.
✱ Read a series #5 OR read #5 from your TBR OR read a book with 5 in the total page count.
254 pages Touchdown Roxy Sinclaire 3/20/18
14. Drive 36 Miles from Boulder to Torrey
The final stretch of Byway 12 climbs to an elevation of 9,200 feet over Boulder Mountain before its long descent into the town of Torrey. Boulder Mountain is covered with dense forest of pine and aspen trees that turn to a glorious yellow in the fall. This is quite a contrast to the panorama of pink, red and tan plateaus and cliffs you see all around you. It makes for a glorious ending to an unforgettable trip.
✱ Read a series #3 or #6 OR read #36 from your TBR OR read a book with 3 AND 6 in the total page count.
Rock Redemption Nalini Singh 4/5/18