U.S. Route 89 is a Utah state highway running north to south across 500 miles.
Utah Heritage Highway - US-89
There is a lot of history in the small towns and communities along the section of US-89 that is known as the Utah Heritage Highway. The towns include Hatch, Glendale, Orderville, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Carmel Jct. and Kanab. Kanab is the largest of the bunch by far with a population around 3,000. Kanab is big enough to have its own school system but kids in the other small towns ride a school bus to Valley Elementary and Valley High School in Orderville. The kids there begin high school in the 7th grade since there is no middle school. The students come from the Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Alton and the small communities that make up Long Valley: Glendale, Orderville, Mt. Carmel, Mt. Carmel Jct., Duck Creek and Cedar Mountain. Children living in the next town, Hatch are bussed to Panguitch. Along the road you will find many old buildings, some that have been restored and saved for generations to come. More HistoryMt. Carmel Scenic Byway
The Mt. Carmel Scenic Byway travels 60 miles in Utah along US-89 from Kanab, through Mt. Carmel Jct. and Long Valley to where US-89 and SR-12 meet near Panguitch. This road leads to spectacular parks and monuments of southern Utah. The path takes you through the geologically defined steps of the Grand Staircase and a variety of Sandstone Mountains as it sends you on your way to where you can turn-off to Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Cedar Breaks, Bryce Canyon and Red Canyon in Dixie National Forest
Zion Park Scenic Byway
Getting to Zion, Bryce and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Zion National Park is the 7th most visited park in the US and it is Utah's most popular park. Nearby Bryce Canyon does not get quite the number of visitors, but it’s still a bustling place for a small park. Many Utah visitors take US-89, beyond Kanab and into Arizona where it changes to AZ-89A, to visit the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
If you ever wanted to explore a wilderness area off the beaten path, the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is the place to do it. Many of the slot canyons in the Staircase are gorgeous. Lick Wash, Willis Creek and Bull Valley Gorge are accessed off US-89. To get to the Staircase, travel on US-89 to Glendale. Take 300 North (Also called the Bench Road), found across the highway from GSENM picnic area and then drive on the dirt road and into the monument.
Stay in the heart of the parks, Mount Carmel Junction, and visit the treasures of the Southwest and Utah.
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