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Hell's Backbone Road, Escalante

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Hell's Backbone Road is a 38-mile (61 km) gravel road that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, and connects the towns of Boulder, Utah and Escalante, Utah. Halfway along the road is Hell's Backbone Bridge, which is 109 feet (33 m) long, and 14 feet (4.3 m) wide. A 1,500-foot (460 m) drop is on either side. Near the bridge are views of the Box-Death Hollow Wilderness. From late spring to autumn, the road, which climbs to more than 9,000 feet (2,750 m) elevation, is passable by ordinary passenger vehicles, but it is very narrow and winding.

Hell's Backbone Road is a high-country alternative to the paved Utah Scenic Byway 12, which also connects Boulder and Escalante, 27 road miles (44 km) apart.
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  • The drive from Escalante to Boulder on Hell's Backbone Road is amazing. The drive up from Escalante you pass through aspens and evergreens and the views are spectacular. Please note this road is...  more »
  • My wife and I did this drive from Bryce Canyon to Salt Lake City. It wasn’t on our original plan, but some locals near Bryce recommended it. Scenic Hwy 12 was the highlight of our trip! Other...  more »

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