The infamy of Fry Canyon dates back to the 1950s when the AEC (US Atomic Energy Commission) opened an uranium mine in Fry Canyon without telling the miners of the radiation to which they would be exposed and from which they might die (they did). Select Fry Canyon Lodge on the menu to open a photo and the full story (as much as is known) of the history of Fry Canyon. Utah Scenic Byway 95 (U95) is 122 miles long, from US191 on the east, four miles south of Blanding, to Scenic Byway Utah 24 in Hanksville, with unique scenery, huge canyons, sheer rock cliffs, deep slot canyons - beautiful scenery and awesome geology for the entire length of the highway. It is the gateway to Cedar Mesa and its many archaeological sites, including a restored Mule Canyon ruin on the side of the road. Isolated and historic Fry Canyon Lodge, the only building on the entire length of U95, is closed again (its history, and infamy, are provided in the Fry Canyon menu option). The photos are divided into five sections as they appear east-to-west: Comb Ridge, Natural Bridges National Monument, White Canyon, Hite Crossing, and North Wash.
Going west from US191, U95 passes north Butler Wash trailheads, cuts through Comb Ridge Monocline, passes the restored Mule Canyon ruin between milemarkers 102 and 101, meets U275 that goes to Natural Bridges National Monument, meets U261 that crosses the center of Cear Mesa, goes by Fry Canyon Lodge, crossing Fry Canyon, runs alongside White Canyon with its infamous Black Hole, from Natural Bridges to near Hite, crosses the Bridge at Hite Crossing over the Colorado and Lake Powell in massive Glen Canyon, and turns northwest up North Wash to Hanksville, passsing Hog Springs Rest Area, Hog Canyon, and trailheads to several slot canyons. Ancestral Puebloan ruins may be found throughout the area in Butler Wash, Mule Canyon, Arch Canyon, and throughout Cedar Mesa south of U95.
Scenic Byway 95 between US191 and Natural Bridges National Monument is on the Trail of the Ancients - the only national scenic byway dedicated to archaeology and culture, highlighting the archaeological and cultural history of the southwestern Native American peoples.
U95 is surrounded by National Parks and Monuments, recreation and wilderness areas. Many slot canyon hike adventures are in North Wash - some are extremely technical. A link off a North Wash gallery photo & auto-show has the story of a Leprechaun Canyon search and rescue with a happy ending.
The Photo Gallery on the menu is followed by an Auto Shows menu which includes a QuickTour of eight selected photos, an auto-show of each of the five sections, an auto-show of five scenic views along U95, and one of all Scenic Byway 95 photos. Trail of [the] Ancients describes, and has maps of, the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico, the only National Scenic Byway totally dedicated to archaeology.