US-89 Utah Heritage Highway
U.S. Route-89 is a Utah state highway running north to south across 500 miles. It connects Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon and the Grand Canyon.
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 History
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
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.
Zion National Park, Utah
History of the Thunderbird
This is my new favorite quote:
"I don't know who Tanya Milligan is, but I mean www.zionnational-park.com
It's a better site than the NPS's anyway."
Written by the authors of the book: Favorite Hikes in and around Zion National Park