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 (SB95) 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 SB95, 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, SB95 drops into
Zekes Hole (Cottonwood Canyon) in a dangerous, winding, slow section of the highway, passes north Butler Wash trailheads, cuts through the 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 Cedar Mesa and drops down dirt switchbacks into the Valley of the Gods, 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 SB95.
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. From Natural Bridges until it crosses the canyon near Hite, the senic byway twists and turns and curves around White Canyon, then crossess Lake Powell on the Bridge at Hite Crossing, and turns up North Wash past Hite Overlook on is way to Hanksville, where it ends at Scenic Byway 24.
Scenic Byway 95 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 - view the Technical Canyoneering Rescue story here.
Auto-shows: All SB95 photos includes all photos in the Photo Gallery as they appear along Scenic Byway 95, a QuickTour (eight selected photos), and an auto-show of the photos of individual sections along Scenic Byway 95.
Trail of the Ancients describes, and has maps of, the Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway in Colorado, Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico.