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Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

A longer scenic byway, the Mount Nebo Scenic Loop is simply spectacular.  This byway is gorgeous year round, but in the fall you will see the most vivid and vivacious colors throughout the entire drive.

Mt Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

 

Where is Mt Nebo Loop Scenic Byway?

Since it is a byway, there are two entrances or exits. You can  start at the north in Payson. Take I-15 and get off on 800 S in Payson. It will then take up all the way up to the canyon which become the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway.

The second entrance is from the south and is just east of Nephi. The byway begins off of Hwy 132 and goes north,

Going north or south, you will not regret taking the drive!


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Why make the Nebo Loop Drive?

1. It is gorgeous!!!! Check out these great photos.

 

 

2. The views are amazing! The drives gains in elevation and has several areas to pull off and enjoy the views.

Nebo Loop

Nebo Loop view of Santaquin

View of Santaquin

Nebo loop views

 

3. There is SO MUCH TO DO. Picnic. Hike. Explore. Camp. Check out the Grotto Falls Hike in Nebo Loop.

How Long Does it Take to Drive Mt Nebo Loop Scenic Byway?

That depends on you. If you simply drive and do not get out at any of the overlooks, plan on 1 hour and 15 minutes. However, the area is really neat. There is SO MUCH you can do. There are a lot of hikes! Don’t miss out. There are several lookouts. And there are a lot of campgrounds. So you can go and enjoy the area for much more than an hour!



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Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

Alpine Loop is a gorgeous scenic byway in Utah County.  It has great views of the back side of Timpanogos Mountain, pretty wildflowers and lots of trees – and sometimes you can see wild life too!

Alpine scenic loop

 

Where is Alpine Loop?

The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway follows Utah Hwy. 92 through American Fork Canyon and then continues through Uinta National Forest into Provo Canyon on U.S. 189. 

You can start at the American Fork Canyon and drive through to the Provo Canyon. Utah Highway 92 runs directly east from I-15 and goes to the mouth of  American Fork Canyon.

Or you can start at Provo Canyon and drive the other way. It is not a one way road. You can get to the Provo Canyon by taking 800 N through Orem or take University Avenue in Provo north. University Avenue becomes US Highway 189 that runs through Provo Canyon.

What does the Alpine Loop Cost?

If you are just driving through, it is free. If you plan to stop and play at a campground or hike one of the trailheads, then you need to pay the National Park Service fee at the entrance of American Fork Canyon or Provo Canyon.

Alpine loop sign

What Should I Know?

  • It is gorgeous all year, but the fall is the best.
  • The road is narrow and has lots of switch backs, so drive slower and watch for other cars.
  • There are a LOT of trailheads off the Alpine Loop. Great place to drive, but also a great place to start an outdoor adventure.
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument and  Sundance are located along the route.
  • The scenic byway is about 20 miles. It took us about 45 minutes to drive through.
  • The Alpine Loop is open from approximately late May to late October.
  • The road is entirely paved, but snow closes part of the road in the winter.
  •  It is not recommended for vehicles more than 30 feet long.

Photos of Alpine Loop

 

Alpine loop wildlife

The deer were just off the road. They startled us. Drive slowly – especially during the cooler parts of the year.

Alpine loop view of Timpanogos

The backside of Timpanogos Mountain. Imagine all the colors in the fall!