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5 Scenic Drives to Enjoy Fall
Colors Near Utah Valley
Photo credit: ~jar{}, Utah, Route 143 #3, via Flickr
Scenic drives a...
Parley’s Canyon to
Weber Canyon
56 miles (link to map)
This drive is the longest on the list, but well worth
it.
Start at ...
Big Cottonwood Canyon
to Park City/Midway
24 miles/28 miles (link to map)
Big Cottonwood Canyon is a favorite destination
...
Butterfield Canyon
18 miles (link to map)
Butterfield Canyon is unique on this
list as it is the only drive not located
in...
Alpine Loop: American
Fork to Provo
27 miles (link to map)
The Alpine Loop ascends more than 3000
vertical feet over its c...
Photo credit: a4gpa, Nebo Loop, via Flickr
Mount Nebo Scenic Byway:
Payson to Nephi
44 miles (link to map)
The Mount Nebo ...
To plan your next vacation or staycation, or book a room at our conveniently located hotel, visit our website here, or cal...
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Take your family on a scenic fall drive to enjoy Utah's natural beauty.

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5 Scenic Fall Drives Near Utah Valley, from Hyatt House Provo/Pleasant Grove

  1. 1. 5 Scenic Drives to Enjoy Fall Colors Near Utah Valley Photo credit: ~jar{}, Utah, Route 143 #3, via Flickr Scenic drives are a fantastic, low cost, fall family activity 30 September 2020
  2. 2. Parley’s Canyon to Weber Canyon 56 miles (link to map) This drive is the longest on the list, but well worth it. Start at the base of Parley's Canyon in Salt Lake City and head northeast on I-80. On your route, you'll skirt the backside of the Wasatch Front past two publicly accessible reservoirs, charming rural communities, and spectacular rock formations, including the iconic Devil's Slide. Along the way, you can hike many of the Wasatch Mountains' less frequented trails, such as Redrock Peak, or stop to picnic at East Canyon State Park or Little Dell Recreation Area. And, when you arrive at the base of Weber Canyon, you are just a few miles from some excellent dining options in Ogden. Photo credit: Jeremybrooks, Devil's Slide, Morgan, UT, via Wikimedia Commons
  3. 3. Big Cottonwood Canyon to Park City/Midway 24 miles/28 miles (link to map) Big Cottonwood Canyon is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike, and with good reason. As you head up the canyon, you will pass an abundance of crags for rock climbers of all levels, five-star hiking trails, and world-class ski resorts at Brighton and Solitude. The apex of your drive, both literally and figuratively, will be the overlook at Guardsman Pass. Shortly after heading down the other side of the pass, you have to decide whether to turn north to Park City or south to Midway. Either route will provide you with views of beautiful aspen forests and Wasatch Front scenery, and both will deposit you in towns with plenty of charm and excellent dining options. Make time to do one of the many hikes near the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The gentle Silver Lake trail is perfect for younger kids. The Bloods Lake trail, while somewhat steeper, has a rewarding finish at the titular alpine lake. The chain of Lakes Mary, Martha, and Catherine require more time and effort than Silver Lake or Bloods Lake but will give you fantastic views of the Albion Basin and Heber Valley at the summit of Sunset Peak. Photo credit: utahwildflowers, Silver Lake, via Flickr
  4. 4. Butterfield Canyon 18 miles (link to map) Butterfield Canyon is unique on this list as it is the only drive not located in the Wasatch Mountains. It is also the only drive with an unpaved but well-maintained section of dirt road. Butterfield Canyon cuts westward through the Oquirrh Mountains from the Salt Lake Valley to the Tooele Valley. The winding and sometimes narrow road climbs to the Butterfield Pass at 7800 feet in elevation before descending the west side of the mountain range on Middle Canyon Road into Tooele. Along the way, you pass the Butterfield Peak trailhead, which takes hikers on a short and pleasant climb to that summit, and can be extended for even better views of Salt Lake and Utah Counties to Kelsey Peak, White Pine Peak, and Lowe Peak. A road at the top of the pass leads to an overlook of the famous Bingham Canyon copper mine. The road, along with several excellent branch trails, makes for a fantastic mountain biking trip. Photo credit: Ken Lund, Fall Colors in Oquirrh Mountains, Lake Point, Utah, via Flickr
  5. 5. Alpine Loop: American Fork to Provo 27 miles (link to map) The Alpine Loop ascends more than 3000 vertical feet over its course, passing dramatic peaks, lush forests, and one very dark and enigmatic cave. World-class limestone rock climbing surrounds you as you ascend American Fork Canyon. Don't forget to stop at the aforementioned cave, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, and plumb its mysterious and captivating depths. At the apex of the drive, you will have the option to branch off to Cascade Springs, a worthwhile diversion. A paved pathway guides you around serene natural water features set among aspens and surrounded by mountains. On the way down, you will pass the steep slopes of Sundance Mountain Resort and, once in Provo Canyon, the awe-inspiring Bridal Veil Falls. Spend some time wading in the pools and enjoying the native wildlife at the base of the falls. Photo credit: Nils Rasmussen, Cascade Mountain, via Unsplash
  6. 6. Photo credit: a4gpa, Nebo Loop, via Flickr Mount Nebo Scenic Byway: Payson to Nephi 44 miles (link to map) The Mount Nebo Scenic Byway, or more commonly Nebo Loop, is the most remote of these drives. It will take a little longer to get there, but the scenery's uniqueness makes it a rewarding adventure. The Nebo Loop passes to the east of Mount Nebo, the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range, and climbs to over 9000 feet in elevation. While on the drive, you'll pass a variety of hiking spots, scenic overlooks, and unspoiled lakes. Payson Lakes, in particular, is an excellent spot for a picnic. Don't miss the Bryce Canyon-esque features of the Devil's Kitchen, a rare red rock outcropping in northern Utah. Finish the trip off with a fun dinner in Nephi, before heading back to Salt Lake.
  7. 7. To plan your next vacation or staycation, or book a room at our conveniently located hotel, visit our website here, or call us at 385-498-3700. ©Copyright 2020 SequoiaHospitality, Hyatt House Provo/Pleasant Grove, all rights reserved.

Take your family on a scenic fall drive to enjoy Utah's natural beauty. Planning on visiting Salt Lake City this fall? Visit our website to find great room deals and book your stay today! https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/utah/hyatt-house-provo-pleasant-grove/pvuxp

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