Bicentennial Highway

Bicentennial Highway

A Journey Through Time and Beauty On The Bicentennial Highway

Central and southern Utah is a treasure trove of scenic vistas, ancient history and unique geologic wonders.  Among its many striking scenic byways, the Bicentennial Highway stands out as a gateway to some of this region's most breathtaking sights.  Taking a road trip along this highway promises both visual delight and an intimate connection with the ancient past.

Introducing the Bicentennial Highway

Utah State Route 95 … also known as the Bicentennial Highway … stretches approximately 122 miles from the junction with U.S. Route 191 near Blanding to the quaint town of Hanksville where it meets State Route 24.

Inaugurated in 1976 to commemorate the United States' 200th birthday, this highway not only celebrates the nation's rich history but also provides travelers a front-row seat to Utah's diverse and awe-inspiring landscapes.

What Makes It Special?

The Bicentennial Highway is not just a road.  It is a passage through time.  As you navigate its length, you'll be met with sprawling desert vistas, intricate red rock formations and glimpses of the winding Colorado River.

And, of course, Lake Powell.  As the lake comes back from our recent drought, its shimmering waters make for a stunning contrast against the desert backdrop while the towering buttes and mesas narrate tales of times long forgotten.

One of the most notable landmarks along the route is the Natural Bridges National Monument.  It boasts some of the most spectacular natural stone bridges anywhere formed by the erosive power of water over thousands of years.  Walking trails and viewpoints provide unparalleled sights and a sense of tranquility that people come to Utah to find but often .

Intersection with the Trail of the Ancients

As you journey along the Bicentennial Highway, you'll intersect with parts of the Trail of the Ancients … another scenic route that digs a little deeper into the history of the region.  Unlike the Bicentennial Highway, which focuses largely on natural wonders, the Trail of the Ancients emphasizes the archaeological and cultural significance of the Ancestral Puebloan civilizations.

While the Bicentennial Highway offers a captivating drive through the beauty of central and southern Utah, the Trail of the Ancients complements it by unveiling some of the history of the area.

In Conclusion

Whether you're a history buff, a nature lover or simply someone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, the Bicentennial Highway offers an experience that's hard to match.  But then, I could say the same about so many of these Scenic Byways. 

Its blend of natural majesty and historical fascination makes it a must-visit for anyone exploring the American Southwest.

So, pack your bags, fill up your tank and set off on a mini-journey that promises memories for a lifetime. 

Every time I drive one of these routes, the idea that I need to do it again because it was so cool haunts me.

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