Bicentennial Scenic Byway Hanksville to Blanding

Blanding, Utah

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A 133-mile high-desert drive across some of the state’s most rugged canyon country. Completed in 1976, Utah’s Bicentennial Highway runs 133 miles from Hanksville to Blanding. South of Hanksville the highway offers fine views of the Henry Mountains to the west, then winds through rugged canyon country before crossing Lake Powell at Hite Crossing. The road surface is excellent the entire route, and traffic is generally light in this sparsely populated part of the state. This drive can be done in half a day, with few stops and just a quick breeze through Natural Bridges. Plan on a full day if you wish to do a hike in Natural Bridges and poke around some of the Anasazi ruins between there and Blanding. Special attractions include: Views of the Henry Mountains, Glen Canyon crossing, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Anasazi dwellings. Nearby attractions: Goblin Valley, Henry Mountains, Bullfrog Basin Marina, Trail of the Ancients, Moki Dugway Scenic Drive, Hovenweep National Monument, and Abajo Loop Scenic Backway.
Scenic Driving Utah

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Scenic Driving Utah

by Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras (Falcon Guides)

A 133-mile high-desert drive across some of the state’s most rugged canyon country. Completed in 1976, Utah’s Bicentennial Highway runs 133 miles from Hanksville to Blanding. South of Hanksville the highway offers fine views of the Henry Mountains to the west, then winds through rugged canyon country before crossing Lake Powell at Hite Crossing. The road surface is excellent the entire route, and traffic is generally light in this sparsely populated part of the state. This drive can be done in half a day, with few stops and just a quick breeze through Natural Bridges. Plan on a full day if you wish to do a hike in Natural Bridges and poke around some of the Anasazi ruins between there and Blanding.

Special attractions include: Views of the Henry Mountains, Glen Canyon crossing, Natural Bridges National Monument, and Anasazi dwellings. Nearby attractions: Goblin Valley, Henry Mountains, Bullfrog Basin Marina, Trail of the Ancients, Moki Dugway Scenic Drive, Hovenweep National Monument, and Abajo Loop Scenic Backway.

©  Joe Bensen revised and updated by Christy Karras/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Blanding
Distance: 133
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Natural Bridges National Monument
Driving Directions: Directions to Bicentennial Scenic Byway: Hanksville to Blanding

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3/27/2008
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This drive through the Colorado plateau is more like the Rockies than the vast majority of Utah. Still pretty though.



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