Top Scenic Drives In Utah
You love driving your car. You also love exploring Utah’s natural beauty; hiking the mountains, exploring the canyons and boating on the lakes. So, why not combine two of your favorite activities by taking a scenic drive? There are plenty of breathtaking road trips to be taken in our state, and we’re here to give you a list of some of the best.
Nebo Loop Byway: 35 miles, 1 hour 3 minutes.
This stunning drive takes your right through the Uinta National Forest. Located only a little over an hour south of Salt Lake it makes for the prefect day trip. You’ll want to take in the incredible views of the Wasatch Range and its tallest mountain, 11,929-foot Mt. Nebo. You also won’t want to miss the Devil’s Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness.
Huntington & Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byways: 74 miles, 1 hour 53 minutes.
One of the only paved roads over the Wasatch Plateau which divides the Great Basin from the Colorado Plateau, the Huntington-Eccles Canyons Scenic Byway is a drive you don’t want to miss. Known as the Energy Loop, it takes you through diverse landscape that showcases the historical past of the Native Americans, Spanish explorers and Mormon settlers that once occupied the land.
Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway: 68 miles, 1 hour 33 minutes.
If you’re interested in the prehistoric, this is the drive for you. The route begins in Vernal, the “dinosaur capital of the world” and takes your through the Ashley National Forest. You’ll enjoy taking in a wide range of scenery including dry deserts, aspen groves and flaming red rocks.
Logan Canyon Scenic Byway: 39 miles, 50 minutes.
For an amazing day trip through the through to the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, look no further than the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway. This route travels along the Logan River and through Logan Canyon, and offers outstanding views of Bear Lake. During the winter, this is also a popular destination for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
Colorado River Scenic Byway: 41 miles, 50 minutes.
Enjoy views of the Colorado River and its awe-inspiring sandstone cliffs. If you feel like making a pit stop, rafting or swimming in the warm, muddy waters of the Colorado River is a great way to spend a sunny day.
Bicentennial Highway: 121 Miles, 2 hours 6 minutes.
Bicentennial highway earned its name when it was completed in 1976, marking the 200 year anniversary of the United States. This federally designated National Scenic Byway heads through red-rock canyons, natural bridges, and the beautiful Lake Powell.
Zion Canyon Loop: 145 miles, 3 hours 8 minutes.
Even people who have never been to Utah know of the splendor of Zion Canyon. The scenic loop reveals some of Utah’s most amazing scenery including sandstone cliffs and monoliths that continuously change color. A bevy of carved canyons, jagged stone and raging rivers make it a drive you will never forget.
Monument Valley Scenic Drive: 41 miles 47 minutes.
This jaunt starts out in Utah and ends up in Arizona. Along the way you will see the buttes, pinnacles and spires which form Monument Valley. Some of these rock formations have even been made famous in John Ford’s western movies.
Trail of the Ancients: 90 miles, 2 hours 22 minutes
Take an exciting trip back in time on the trail of the ancients to explore civilizations of the Anasazi people from as early as 800 A.D. This route can be done by itself or combined with many of the surrounding drives. Be warned though, it does contain some dirt roads.
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