Highway 12 Scenic Byway and Moab with Kids – Family Travel Blog
We took Highway 12 Scenic Byway from Bryce Canyon National Park in Moab, which was our home port during the visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park as part of our hike through utah. Highway 12 scenic route Faced with over 4 hours of driving from Bryce to Moab, we were urged to follow […]

We took Highway 12 Scenic Byway from Bryce Canyon National Park in Moab, which was our home port during the visit Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park as part of our hike through utah.

Highway 12 scenic route

Faced with over 4 hours of driving from Bryce to Moab, we were urged to follow the advice of Google Maps and skip the Detour of highway 12, which would have reduced our travel time to about 30 minutes. I'm glad we stuck to our plan because the Route 12 Scenic Byway through Torrey, UT was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. It reminded us that you don't always have to go to a national park and climb a mountain to see the beauty of nature.

Seen through the windshield, somewhere along the Rte. 24

After the sandstone cliffs of Sion and the Bryce Canyon Orange Hoodoos, we were excited about the famous arches and balanced rocks in Arches National Park. But first, it was the washed-out scenic views along Route 24 that took my breath away.

Our time on Route 12 Scenic Byway was a relatively short stretch of road (full drive is about 3 hours, we only hiked the tail), but there was an incredible variety of scenery between Bryce and Arches.

Cliffs overlooking the highway

There were several stops to see along the way we skipped as our two boys fell asleep almost immediately and we didn't dare risk waking them up. Some of the most amazing sights appeared at the start of the route along a steep section of road full of hairpin bends.

On the way, we passed by the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Capitol Reef National Park, two places we definitely want to dig deeper into on a trip back to Utah.

Some of the many rock formations along the route


Moab served as our home for four days as we explored Arches and Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands (Canyonlands is huge park!) We stayed in a Airbnb (this a!) just off the main drag in Moab and we really enjoyed our stay there. Downtown Moab was full of cafes, ice cream parlors, and little souvenir shops, which was a big change of pace after the hike.

Ice Cream in Downtown Moab

Moab also has a park and playground called the Rotary Park it was unique and worth a visit even without children.

Several outdoor instruments at Rotary Park

Rotary Park has a large grassy area, picnic tables and a large play structure for children. But its most important feature is the multitude of unique outdoor instruments for kids to play. From xylophones and oversized chimes to Dr. Seussian's whatchamacallits, the music park was great fun for everyone and a big surprise for us when we were just looking for an outdoor park to take the kids.

Make noise!

Musical instruments were more than just toys, as a local showed us by playing a unique song on one of them. The instruments are part of an installation of Freenotes, which specializes in creating outdoor weatherproof instruments. Later we came across some of their smaller instruments for sale at a nearby store in Moab.

Play structure in the Rotary park

The next day we would go back to the hike at Arches National Park.

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