Natural Beauty of Utah Valley
A world of wonder, just minutes away
Utah Valley has a lot to offer—but its most breathtaking sights are provided courtesy of Mother Nature. An array of natural wonders—canyons, gardens, lakes and rivers, caves, waterfalls, and of course mountains—can be found within a few minutes’ drive. Almost every main community in the Valley is nestled near a mountain and a canyon, with other scenic geographic features nearby. In fact, no matter where you are in Utah County, you’re almost certain to be within a 10 or 15 minute drive of at least one of these natural wonders.
Accessibility: Many sites, such as Hobble Creek Canyon or the Nebo Loop, are easily toured by car. Others, such as Cascade Springs and Bridal Veil Falls, are only a short, level walk from parking or roadways. For those who prefer a more vigorous journey to your favorite scenic spot, some sites, such as Timpanogos Cave, require hiking.
Variety: Utah County’s scenic beauty spots showcase the finest that each season has to offer. Visit one site during two different seasons, and you’ll experience two completely different worlds. For instance, the glistening springtime green of the Alpine Loop gives way to the blazing colors of changing leaves in the fall. As an added bonus, many of Utah Valley’s natural beauty sites are accessible year-round.
Proximity: Perhaps the best thing about Utah’s natural wonders is that they’re in good company—most scenic drives and destinations in Utah Valley give visitors the chance to experience several breathtaking sites in one excursion. Timpanogos Cave, for example, is the “pot of gold” at the end of a beautiful drive through the Alpine Loop. Panoramic Deer Creek Reservoir can be viewed along the way to a fun-filled afternoon of sightseeing on the Heber Valley Railroad. In Utah Valley, beautiful views are definitely the rule, not the exception.
At the summit of American Fork Canyon, vistas of Mt. Timpanogos are visible through impressive aspen groves.
Alpine Scenic Byway, Cascade Springs, Mount Timpanogos Cave National Monument are all gems within American Fork Canyon.
A breathtaking double cataract waterfall which drops 607 feet to the Provo River.
Geocaching is treasure hunting for the 21st century. Armed with a GPS receiver, a set of coordinates that tell you the location of a cache, and a healthy sense of adventure, you go out and look for a hidden cache.
Anyone who has ever visited the BYU campus knows how beautiful the grounds are.
Cascade Springs is a must see for those heading over American Fork Canyon on the Alpine Scenic Loop.
Deer Creek State Park lies in the southwest corner of beautiful Heber Valley and consistently provides some of Utah's finest year- round fishing.
In the shadows of majestic Mt. Timpanogos, on beautiful Deer Creek Reservoir is Deer Creek Island Resort. Where all you need is a swimsuit to enjoy all the water sports you can imagine.
Come see the beautiful scenery of Utah County from a new perspective!
Heber Valley Rail Road features the 618, a 1907 vintage steam locomotive. The train tours the scenic Provo Canyon.