It is officially fall here in Utah. Fall colors are in full blast in Utah Valley. The mountains are covered with orange and yellow patches. It is spine-tingling to see all the glory of fall. A great way to enjoy the fall foliage is to take a drive through the mountains and canyons of Utah Valley, and the peak season for fall colors runs from now until October 21st, with the best colors expected in early October. Here are six scenic drives that will knock your socks off with all the autumn beauty.
Take Highway 92 on a 20 mile drive through winding canyons and mountains. The fall colors are absolutely breathtaking. On the way, stop by Cascade Springs or take a stroll around Robert Redford's Sundance Mountain Resort. Hurry, because the Alpine Loop generally closes mid-October.
The lesser known but equally beautiful Nebo Loop is designated a "National Scenic Byway" by the Federal Highway Administration, recognizing it as one of the premiere driving roads in America. The Byway has many photo opportunities with beautiful mountain vegetation and wildlife. The Nebo Loop also generally closes in mid-October.
Hobble Creek Canyon
Hobble Creek Canyon, near Springville, is a great way to see the colorful Wasatch Mountains. The road runs through the west fork of Hobble Creek Canyon, goes past Strawberry Reservoir, and connects back with Highway 89.
Another great place to enjoy the fall foliage is Jolley's Ranch. This recreation park is located in Hobble Creek Canyon. There are multiple trails to take to get closer to nature. You can also bring food and a blanket to have a picnic.
South Fork Canyon
Utah Valley's best-kept secret is also one of its most beautiful. Access South Fork Canyon by going up Provo Canyon and then turning right at Vivian Park. South Fork Canyon has a grass park that is great to visit on a Sunday afternoon when you want to get away from it all.
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