Park City Scenic Drives
Here are a few of our favorite scenic drives from Park City, of which, many are perfect for road biking as well. We have one suggestion, don’t forget your camera as you’ll take home many memorable photos of wildlife, wildflower, and incredible mountain vistas. Here’s our top 5 picks, but there are many more, most importantly, just get outside and enjoy our beautiful fall weather Park City offers visitors and locals alike.
Interested in more drives – check out Utah.com Fall in Utah for some of their must-drive scenic routes through the months of October and November. Grab your chai-pumpkin-spiced-latte drink thing, a sweater, and your camera. It’s going to be awesome.
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.
Top 5 Park City Fall Scenic Drives
- GUARDSMAN PASSIf you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can’t beat Guardsman Pass. There are plenty of view points along the way and be sure to watch out for moose. The road surface is paved so its an easy drive for the family car as well. This road (SR-190/224) travels through forests and valleys to the summit area between Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City Resort area, and is a popular wildlife and wildflower viewing area. Drive Time depends on how much time you plan to spend enjoying the spectacular scenery or round-trip route.
- ALPINE SCENIC LOOPThe 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 one of the most scenic drives in Utah and is an incredible place to go as the fall colors start to peak. The road from Midway up to Cascade Springs is a bumpy gravel road, but paved again after Cascade Springs and all the way to Sundance Resort. Plan on a full day for this trip as there will be many spectacular sites along the way.
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. The Falls are well worth a stop, plunging 607 feet over limestone terraces where you can admire them from a roadside overlook or turn off at Nunns Park for a closer view. Continue your journey up to Sundance Resort and then onto the Alpine Scenic Loop for a return trip to Heber and then back to Park City.
- MIRROR LAKE HIGHWAYMirror 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. Take SR-248 (Kearns Blvd.) east to Kamas and then left on SR-32 two blocks to SR-150 (Scenic Byway). Mirror Lake is about an hour drive from Park City. Return the same way or continue on to Evanston, WY and return via I-80 westbound. Many small lakes, falls, camping sites, trail-heads and wildlife are along this beautiful route. There are no retail services within the forest area so it’s best to shop and gas up before you begin your drive.
Mt. Nebo Scenic Loop
A bit farther, but well worth the trip is the Mt. Nebo Scenic Loop. This byway crosses the Uinta National Forest between the cities of Nephi and Payson. It climbs to over 9,000 feet in elevation and provides breathtaking views of Utah valley, the Wasatch Mountains and 11,928-foot Mount Nebo, the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range. The Nebo Loop Byway is a photographer’s dream with many overlooks and wildlife viewing opportunities. The brilliant fall foliage of the Uinta National Forest is hard to match anywhere in the nation. Getting There: From 1-15 take the first Payson exit. Turn left onto Main St. Turn left onto 100 North traveling east until you reach 600 East where you will take a right. Continue heading south until you reach the entrance of Payson Canyon.
Howl-O-Ween on Main Street
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.