Utah Valley Fall Colors & Scenic Drives
Fall Colors - Mid September through Mid October
||Enjoy the grandeur of Fall in Utah Valley on scenic drives, hikes or on a lift ride at Robert Redford's Sundance Resort. Come view our warm & vibrant quaking aspens, native maples, and many more...
Mid-September is typically the height of the season’s fall colors in Utah Valley, although
views of the fall foliage remain well into October.
Some roads close
for the season around the end of November depending on weather due to
snow, but are sometimes available for snowmobiles.
Current updates: call the National Forest autumn leaf hot line at 1-800-354-4595, select option #4 for the "Intermountain States", listen for updates regarding the "Uintah-Wasatch-Cache National Forest" and "Provo area".
The Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway offers breathtaking views of the
Wasatch Range and 11,877-foot Mt. Nebo, its tallest mountain. On your
drive you will see flat, high-alpine conifers, red rock
formations, gray sandstone cliffs and salt flats all in the same day's
drive. Devil's Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness are some of
the sights. Length is 37 miles and an hour to drive one-way. There are
no fees to drive through.
Accessibility: Directions from Salt Lake City: Take Interstate
15 south toward Provo. Continue south past Provo until you reach Payson
Exit 250. (1st Payson Exit). Exit and turn left onto Payson Main Street
(State Route 77). Travel south until Main Street intersects with 100
North (State Route 198). Turn left and travel east to 600 East, then
turn right on 600 East. Continue south to the entrance of Payson Canyon
and the beginning of the National Scenic Byway. (The Nebo Loop ends in
Nephi and can also be accessed from I-15).
Driving time: The 32-mile Byway takes about one and one-half hours to complete. Heavy snow closes the road in winter.
On your drive be sure to visit Tibble Fork Resevoir, a peaceful fishing spot that offers a beautiful view of the area. Cascade Springs
is also a favorite natural wonder that features large springs cascading
down the mountain slope in a series of limestone terraces and pools.
Fish can often be seen up close in the clear mountain springs on the
easy 1/2 mile paved trail.
Lush vegetation characterizes thie Alpine Loop. At the summit of
American Fork Canyon, vistas of Mt. Timpanogos are visible through
impressive aspen groves. Campgrounds and picnic areas are numerous.
This Loop also provides access to Timpanogos Cave National Monument and
Sundance Resort. Trails along the byway lead from the road into the Mt.
Timpanogos and Lone Peak Wilderness Areas.
Accessibility: The Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest's 24 mile long Alpine Scenic Loop can be accessed two ways.
Driving Time: plan at least 1 hour for the drive, closed in winter due to snow
Option 1: from I-15 (Alpine / Highland)
From Salt Lake City: Take Interstate 15 south (just after the point of
the mountain) to Exit 284 (Highland/Alpine) and travel straight East, this will
take you directly into the American Fork Canyon/Alpine Loop.
The drive from the mouth of American Fork Canyon on SR-92 starts at
5,000 feet and follows the canyon to its crest at 8,000 feet. From the
summit, the road then winds down toward Provo Canyon and US-189.
Option 2: from Provo Canyon (US-189)
From I-15 take exit (272) 800 North Orem and head directly east to
Provo Canyon. From downtown Provo Take University Ave and travel North
to Provo Canyon. Approximately 12 miles from the mouth of the canyon
make a left turn shortly after you go through the tunnel, on HWY 92,
which will take you also to Sundance Resort. (Park City Access - travel
by way of Heber City to Highway 92 heading toward Provo)
The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway winds through wonderful Provo Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls (607 foot drop) and Deer Creek Reservoir,
and on to Heber Valley. The road runs parallel of the Provo River, one
of the world's premiere fly-fishing spots. For a fun leisurely view of the the canyon go back in time and take a ride on the historic Heber Valley Railroad.The dynamic forces of a
past era are revealed in the canyon's gnarled rock walls and jagged
rock formations, lush with forest vegetation.
Accessibility: from I-15
From I-15 take exit (272) 800
North Orem and head directly east to Provo Canyon. From downtown Provo
Take University Ave and travel North to Provo Canyon. (Park City Access - travel by way of Heber City to Highway 92
heading toward Provo)
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