Southwest US Routes 12 & 24

Route 24 near Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA

Driving southwest US routes 12 & 24 near Cainville, east of Capitol Reef National Park, Utah, USA.

Driving Southwest US Routes 12 & 24

Route 12, running conveniently from Bryce Canyon National Park north to Capitol Reef National Park is one of the most striking roads in the USA, competing mainly with the Big Sur Coast’s Pacific Coast Highway, 90 miles of wild seas and cliffs part way between LA and San Francisco.
Route 12, however, is overshadowed by the road that heads east out of Capitol Reef on the way to Arches National Park.

Route 24, a stretch of asphalt lined with extraordinary chunks of rock that would be major attractions in any other country and draw gaping crowds, but are simply more roadside relics in USA’s Utah.
Here are just a few of the best sights along Route 12 and Route 24 roads, starting near Bryce Canyon and ending near Green River – a few miles from Arches NP.

Dixie National Forest along Route 12, Utah, USA

A part of Dixie National Forest along Route 12 (SR-12, Scenic Byway) in Boulder, Utah.

This is the last section of Route 12 before the road passes through Capitol Reef and morphs into Route 24. The road through the park is free of charge.
Capitol Reef NP is well worth a drive-thru if time permits, with some stunning multicoloured rocks and good walks. The Park also has an attractive camp site.

Route 24, between Caineville and Hanksville, Utah. USA

Route 24, between Caineville and Hanksville, Utah.

Route 24, near Factory Butte, between Caineville and Hanksville, Utah, USA

Near Factory Butte, Route 24 between Caineville and Hanksville.

Route 24, Factory Butte, Utah, USA

Factory Butte (pronounced bute), Caineville to Hanksville.

Fremont petroglyphs, Route24, Utah, USA

Route 24 Fremont petroglyphs, just outside Capitol Reef.

Through the Fremont River canyon, immediately on leaving the Capitol Reef National Park and by the roadside are these curious rock drawings of bighorn sheep and space travellers, in the region of 1, 000 years old.
Make of them what you will. . . Aliens enjoy a good lamb chop? Bighorn sheep kept spacemen as pets? Fremont was the site of USA’s first moon shot?
Ken Kesey and his acid crew passed by here in the 70’s and took time out to sketch their dreams? Your turn now. . .

Route 24 past navajo dome, Utah, USA

The Navajo Dome left and Capitol Dome right, Route 24 through Capitol Reef NP.

Route 24 to Moab, Utah, USA

Near Goblin Valley and not long before Green River town, Utah. That was our campervan, a brilliant way to explore the USA which is well set up to look after big cruisers with big roads and big RV parks to do the charging and discharging.