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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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5 Places to Visit in Utah in Fall

Few things are more enjoyable than spending a crisp autumn day out in the invigorating air exploring the many scenic pockets of our beautiful state. Utah has several places you’ll want to visit and many activities to engage in this fall, before the snow comes.

Drive the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

The leaves are already starting to change in the canyons. The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway runs along Highway 92 through American Fork Canyon and ends at Provo Canyon. It has a beautiful view of the back of Mt. Timpanogos.

Alpine scenic loop

The road has several switchbacks and chances to see wildlife too. The Alpine Loop is the gateway to several trailheads, campgrounds and picnic areas. You can spend 45 minutes driving through or make several scenic stops to make it an all-day adventure.

Take a hike

Utah is one of the best places for hikes where you can see autumn leaves. And with the cooler fall weather upon us, it is the perfect time to hike. You can find several websites that feature hikes in Utah, but hiking to the “G” and Battle Creek Falls are great and both start at Kiwanis Park in Pleasant Grove.

pleasant grove hike to the G

The hike to the “G” is steep, but has beautiful views of the valley. Battle Creek Falls is rocky, but not nearly as steep and ends at a fun waterfall that you can see from the bottom or top of the falls.

Visit a zoo

Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City has a new African Savannah which is an open, dramatic exhibit featuring giraffe, zebra, nyala, ostrich and African lions.

things to do in fall

Willow Park Zoo in Logan is also a great place to view animals. It has smaller animals — birds, rodents, reptiles and more. It is a great opportunity to feed the ducks and learn more from the animal keepers as well.

Visit a beach

Even though Utah is a desert, there are several great beaches on which to sunbathe one last time before winter sets in. Antelope Island is gorgeous, but you have to be prepared for the brine shrimp flies. The sunsets are especially pretty over the Great Salt Lake.

Swimming in Great Salt Lake

Blackridge Lake in Herriman is smaller, but definitely fun. This man-made lake in west Salt Lake County is perfect for a couple hours in the sun. Highland Glen in Highland City offers visitors a chance to feed the birds, as well as swim and soak up the sun. Bear Lake has several great beaches too.

Catch a soccer or football game

It’s a great time of year for sports with baseball, soccer and football all happening. Real Salt Lake is doing well this season. This is the last chance to see Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando and the team in action before the regular season ends (only four more home games this season, which ends in October). Plan on getting your tickets early because they often sell out.

Football season is just beginning. Catch a college game at BYU, Utah or Utah State. All three teams are off to great starts for the season. If your entertainment budget is a little smaller, high school games are also played every Friday night.

This post was originally published on KSL and written by a Things 2 Do in Utah contributor.