I've seldom seen a place with such a fitting name as Hell's Backbone.
This is a rather short stretch of spectacular Highway 12 in Utah that connects Capitol Reef National Park with Bryce Canyon National Park. It's only a few miles - but these are extraordinary.
When you approach this particular part it looks like this:
Quite okay, really. In this picture you just don't realize how steep the land falls down left of the highway. Oh, and by the way, it does the very same on the right - as you can see in this image.
Which means that the road runs along this narrow part with steep cliffs on both sides. Hence the name.
I don't think they could have called it more accurately. There's also a place nearby - a tiny town or village, a settlement - that is called Hell's Backbone. It's probably harmless compared to this stretch of highway.
The views from the backbone are spectacular. To the left...
... and to the right....
I love this particular stretch of Highway 12. Whenever we drive along here - and we have done so often - I get excited and look forward to these few miles. Usually I am the one who drives here.
Yes, I know I'm crazy.
This is Bryce Canyon as a photo art card,
available in my Etsy store.