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State Route 24 is a state highway in south central Utah which runs south from Salina through Sevier County then east through Wayne County and north east through Emery County. A portion of the highway has been designated the Capitol Reef Scenic Byway as part of the Utah Scenic Byways program.

 

The highway starts at US-50 near Salina and ends at I-70 near Green River, taking a 160-mile (260 km) scenic route between the Fishlake and Dixie National Forests then through Capitol Reef National Park, along the eastern side of the San Rafael Reef passing Goblin Valley State Park and meeting I-70 again near Green River. Along the way it passes through the small towns of Loa, Lyman, Bicknell, Torrey and Hanksville. The highway traverses an ever drier series of scenic areas starting in the west with the high, forested, mountains of Fishlake National Forest then the red cliffs of the Bicknell, Torrey area before winding through the spectacular Waterpocket Fold in Capitol Reef N.P. to the much drier "moonscape" near Hanksville. The Mars Society established the Mars Desert Research Station just outside of Hanksville, due to its Mars-like terrain. The north easterly section past the San Rafael Reef is open desert with distant views of the Henry and La Sal Mountains.

 

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Taken on July 20, 2010