Top 5 Scenic Drives in Utah

October 5, 2018


The foliage of Northern Utah is a kaleidoscope of colors. While the colors of fall will be just about everywhere, the best viewing can be found on any of Utah’s picturesque roadways. Here’s a list of our top 5 scenic drives, perfect for watching the season change.

Alpine Scenic Loop

Right outside of Park City, the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a 27-mile journey through breathtaking mountain landscapes, with sights like Mount Timpanogos and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort along the way. The loop also connects to a short detour to Cascade Springs for viewing natural springs, streams and waterfalls. This unforgettable drive can last 2.5 to 3.5 hours, perfect for an afternoon.

Mirror Lake Highway

For a roadway lined with golden trees, Mirror Lake Highway is east of Park City and cuts through Utah’s highest mountain range. From the town of Kamas up into the national forest, the drive descends directly into Mirror Lake. The area requires a small fee but is well worth it as one of Utah’s most scenic byways. This drive can take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours.

Guardsman Pass

This backcountry route is among shorter drives, only 14 miles from Park City. The road is paved most of the way, with the middle portion as maintained driveway, but you can drive the route in a family car. This road travels through forests and valleys and provides spectacular scenery, with duration depending on how much time you spend to enjoy the views.

Ogden River Scenic Byway

This drive provides mountain panoramas, dense and varied fall foliage and spans 44 miles. Passing through narrow canyon, expansive valleys and mountain meadows and forests, it also offers multiple detours to places such as Trapper’s Loop Scenic Byway and the Bear River Valley. The experience takes about three hours depending on how far you want to go and connects to many places to stop and eat if you get hungry.

Fishlake Scenic Byway

Rounding out our list is the perfect place to see vast, beautiful aspen forests, Fishlake Scenic Byway. The picturesque drive itself follows Highway 25 towards the north edge of the lake and is 30 miles in total taking approximately two hours. For a full day of fun, the byway connects to Fishlake National Forest offering hiking and mountain biking opportunities.

Autumn in Utah is the most colorful time of year. Known for it’s fall foliage, scenic drives offer a chance to take some of the most breathtaking nature in the country. If you’re looking to live in a picturesque place permanently, let us help you find your new home. Visit today to speak with a representative.

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