Enjoy Scenic Drives & Fall Colors
Some of the most beautiful mountain vistas and fall colors can be seen on paved roads from the comfort of your own car or from the back of your motorcycle.
Enjoy the grandeur of Utah scenery on road trips and hikes that envelop you with 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.
These roads are fully accessible typically starting Memorial weekend (maybe sooner or later depending on weather conditions). Some roads close for the season around the end of November depending on weather due to snow, but are sometimes available for snowmobiles.
Whatever your pleasure, Utah Valley offers some of the most memorable Utah road trips and scenic drives you'll not soon forget with all the quaking aspens, waterfalls, wildlife and more...
Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway
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. Other popular locations on the drive include:
- Payson Lakes - boating, fishing and camping
- Blackhawk Loop Trail - avid mountain biking through meadows and aspens
- Hiking - Loafer Mountain Trail
Length is 32 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.
Alpine Loop Scenic Backway
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 the 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 20 miles 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)
Provo Canyon Scenic Byway
The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway winds through wonderful Provo Canyon, past Bridal Veil Falls (607 feet 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 streams. For a fun leisurely view of the canyon go back in time and take a ride on the historic Heber Valley Railroad or enjoy tales at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival. 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 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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