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Salt Lake City, Utah - Scenic Drives

Byways, Backways, Historic Routes,...

There are several possible scenic drives through the Wasatch Mountains surrounding Salt Lake City. Each of the drives are particularly good in fall when the leaves change color. Your options are presented below.

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  • Paved
  • 45 minutes
  • 14 miles oneway

This 14-mile long scenic drive offers pretty mountain scenery similar to Little Cottonwood Canyon. As in Little Cottonwood, there are picnic areas and campgrounds and access to numerous hiking trails.

  • Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 2-1/2 hours
  • 24 miles oneway

This scenic backway provides great views over the Great Salt Lake. Most of the route is through scrub brush but there is some more substantial timber. The road is comprised of three, sometimes steep, gravel forest service roads that can be rough and washboarded.

  • Rough Dirt/Gravel
  • 1 hour
  • 14 to 22 miles

  • Paved
  • 1-1/2 hours
  • 22 mile roundtrip

This scenic byway takes you from the edge of Salt Lake City up into the beautiful mountain scenery of the Wasatch Mountains. Along the 11-mile drive are picnic areas and campgrounds, the ski resorts of Snowbird and Alta and access to hiking trails.

  • Paved east of the pass, rough dirt road west of pass
  • 1-1/2 hours
  • 25 miles oneway

  • Paved
  • 1 hour
  • 34 miles oneway

This backway follows the original route of the Donner-Reed Expedition of 1846. It climbs through Emmigration Canyon east fo Salt Lake City and then descends to Hwy 65. It ends at popular 680 acre East Canyon Reservoir. .

  • Salt Lake City - Western Suburbs
  • 5 hours to drive the byway
  • 133 miles (214 km)

The Pony Express Trail National Back Country Byway traverses 133 miles through western Utah. Covering topography from barren desert mountains to wide basins, this route follows one of historical importance.In 1860 and 1861, Pony Express riders delivered mail, covering hundreds of miles of ground fro...

  • Salt Lake City - Western Suburbs
  • 3 hours to drive the byway.
  • 54 miles (86 km)

Silver Island Mountain National Back Country Byway follows a 54-mile loop through Utah's Great Basin Desert. It traverses the Silver Island Mountains.As you drive, you'll see the Bonneville Salt Flats of the Great Salt Lake. At various places along the route, note the wagon ruts indented into the gr...

  • Paved and Maintained Dirt/Gravel
  • 1 hour
  • 16 mile roundtrip

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