Midway Road from Guardsman

Midway Road from Guardsman

Park City scenic drives are a fall favorite!

Some of the best Park City scenic drives or road bike rides in Utah are within a few miles of Park City. Our mountain passes and scenic byways will take you to some of the most breathtaking places in the West.

One of our favorite drives is from Park City, over Guardsman Pass, down to Midway, then up to Cascade Springs, over the top on the Alpine Scenic Loop and ending at Sundance Resort for lunch.

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Fall is in the air and the colors are popping! If you’ve never visited Park City in the fall, you are missing out!  Take advantage of 3rd night free or 20% off all lodging when you stay with Park City Resort Lodging.  

Here’s a list of our Top 5 Park City Scenic Drives:

  1.  Guardsman Pass – If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can’t beat Guardsman Pass, which, for a longer drive connects Park City to Brighton and Salt Lake or to Midway and Wasatch Mountain State Park and as far as Sundance Resort for a full day drive.  The road is paved most of the way, except for the 7 mile gravel road from Midway up to Cascade Springs.
  2. Provo Canyon – The start of the Provo Canyon scenic drive is just a short 20 minutes from Park City.  The Provo River is a fly-fisherman’s paradise, which runs adjacent to this scenic byway with vertical cliffs of limestone defining the canyon walls. For an opportunity to view looming peaks, catch boaters and wind and kits surfers at Deer Creek Reservoir, and experience Bridal Veil Falls, look no further than Provo Canyon Scenic Byway.  You can take this trip backwards, then head up to Sundance Resort, continue up to the Alpine Scenic Loop and then down to Cascade Springs and return to Park City via Guardsman Pass.
  3. Alpine Scenic Loop – The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a 27-mile journey through fantastic mountain landscapes, with sites along the way including Mount Timpanogos and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, including a short detour to Cascade Springs.  This is also the road where you can access the Timpanogos Caves.
  4. Mirror Lake Highway – Mirror Lake Scenic Byway cuts through Utah’s highest mountain range from the town of Kamas up into the national forest before descending to placid Mirror Lake.  The start of the the Mirror Lake Highway scenic drive is located 16 miles east of Park City in the town of Kamas.  Be sure to pack a picnic as there is a wonderful, flat easy 45 minute walk around the lake, perfect for everyone in your group.
  5. Wolf Creek Pass – Plan a full day for this amazing tour of Utah’s most beautiful backcountry roads.  Take the short drive to Heber and then experience beautiful canyons and evergreen forests as you drive towards Strawberry Reservoir. A few miles of flatland as you head through Tabiona and Hanna, and then you’re back into the mountains again, with incredible views as you cross over Wolf Creek Pass and head through the twisties down to Francis as the road shares the curves of the scenic Provo River. From Francis back to Heber, you’ll have gorgeous views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the spectacular view of the Wasatch mountains and Deer Valley Ski Resort as you return to Park City.  Here are a few directions.:
    1. 1. Head South on US 40 towards Strawberry Reservoir and Duchesne for 50 miles.2. Turn LEFT on UT-208 towards Tabiona for 10 miles.

      3. Turn LEFT on UT-35 for 3 miles to Tabiona.

      4. Continue on UT-35 for 4 miles to HANNA, UT (stop and eat, and have a slice of PIE!)

      5. Continue on UT-35 to Francis (4-way stop) for 20 miles.

      6. Go straight through the 4-way top on UT-32 to US Highway 40 for 10 miles.

      7. Turn LEFT on US Hwy 40 to return to Heber (or turn RIGHT on US Hwy 40 to head towards Park City!).

Halloween in Park City

Howl-0-Ween

The highlight of the fall season is Howl-O-Ween on Main Street.  Bring the kids, “big” trick-or-treat bags and the dogs in costume and enjoy the fun and festivities on Main Street.

Images provided by ParkCityPhotography.com

 

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