After leaving Bryce Canyon, we debated on whether to head back to Springdale (a two hour or so drive) or head out towards Boulder, UT on Scenic Byway 12, also know as “Highway 12 — A Journey Through Time Scenic Byway”. We decided to press on, because of course we did.
At first there’s just not much to see, the land carves out low and steady as you wind down into the basin of the surrounding hills and the bf was quite right when he commented that this felt like something out of “the Hills Have Eyes”. It didn’t help that we seemed to be the only car on the road for mile and miles. We passed through tiny closed up towns and after about a half an hour of this we were wondering what exactly rated this highway the title of scenic.
That changed of course, the further we got from Bryce, but what also changed was our mindset for what exactly you could call “scenic” or even interesting. After the veritable splendorous riot of beauty that Bryce laid out, the scenery we were encountering here was anything but comparable.
Once we let go of that idea of beauty and stopped the car on the side of the road to sort of breath in the isolation and emptiness out there…it quickly became clear that the desolation out there is fiercely beautiful. It hard to explain or even show in these photos how huge the landscape is out there, how far exactly your eyes can see towards the distance that holds the horizon. But it is very much worth the drive to find yourself out there as a tiny racing towards the sunset.