National Scenic Byways and Other Recreational Drives


Driving through Utah is a marvelous way to experience its spectacular natural scenery. Capitol Reef National Park features colorful cliffs, massive domes, and twisting canyons. The panoramic views from Skyline Drive in Manti-LaSal National Forest make it one of the most scenic drives in the nation. And, the broken wilderness of sculptured, painted rock earn the Valley of Cathedrals its name. There are a variety of enjoyable Utah driving routes.

Canyon Country Drives

Exploring Utah's most spectacular terrain—driving around Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park and Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument.

Bryce Canyon National Park

Spectacular viewpoints from the plateau's rim.

Driving the Colorado River

A 44-mile run, from Moab to Cisco, on Utah Highway 128 through the redrock canyon carved by the Colorado River. A FalconGuides article by Joe Bensen.

Ashley National Forest Scenic Byway

The Ashley National Forest Scenic Byway covers 66.5 miles on U.S. Highway 191 and state Highway 44 from Vernal to Manila. The byway provides motorists with an educational look at five distinct types of environments ranging from deserts to alpine vegetation.

Scenic Drives in Canyonlands National Park

Information on paved road and 4 wheel drive routes in Island in the Sky, the Needles and the Maze.

Boulder Mountain Highway

Boulder Mountain Highway hosts spectacular views of Boulder Mountain, the Henry Mountains, the slick rock cliffs of the Burr Trail and the Circle Cliffs. Along the way visitors can glimpse the only utld, free-roaming herd of bison in the U.S., the shimmering beauty of quaking aspen, and vistas stretching over 100 miles into Colorado and Arizona. The Byway is located on the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah.

Burr Trail

Connecting Glen Canyon NRA and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, this is one of the world's great backcountry desert drives.

Logan Canyon Highway

The Logan Canyon Highway travels 39 miles along U.S. Highway 89 from Logan to Bear Lake on the Wasatch National Forest. The route features a drive along the Logan River and offers the opportunity for viewing majestic mountains, unusual rock formations, and an outstanding view of the Canyon.

Capitol Reef National Park Scenic Byways

The multi-colored cliffs common to Capitol Reef National Parkand this region inspired the Indians who once lived here to name it the "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow." Today, those who love this landscape's diversity --red rock canyons, pristine meadows, alpine forests, and lush green valleys --regard beautiful Wayne county as a "Land of Contrast. " Summers are mild allowing a variety of outdoor activities. Fall brings spectacular color contrasts - aspen groves with shades of red and gold complement stately green pines on the mountains of Dixie and Fishlake national forests. During winter months you can hike in the desert or snowmobile in the mountains. Spring offers ideal weather for long distance hiking or biking. Cactus and other wild flowers bring spring color to the desert.

Cathedral Valley Tour

Four roads lead to the Valley of Cathedrals - each uniquely different in its scenic offerings. An optimum sightseeing itinerary would occupy two or three days and provide for travel over all four routes, each marvelous in its own right.

Manti-LaSal National Forest

One of many attractions the Manti-LaSal National Forest has to offer is the beautiful drive across the Skyline Drive. Many visitors each year come to the Manti-LaSal National Forest to view the beautiful scenery from Skyline Drive. The Skyline Drive corridor contains portions of the Utah Adventure Highway and the Great Western Trail. It provides panoramic views and is one of the most scenic drives in the Nation.

Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway

Rolls over the railroad grade that represents an epic achievement in American history.

Scenic Drives on the Uinta National Forest

There are three scenic highways on the Uinta National Forest. They are the Adventure Highway, the Scenic Byway and the Scenic Backway; each has its own unique characteristics. All three of the highways serve a specific purpose which is to take one on a trip that is filled with beautiful scenery.

Zion National Park

The roads of Zion introduce you to the desert park's spectacular cliff-and-canyon landscape.

Published: 28 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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