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  • 59 mile loop

The Cathedral Valley District of Capitol Reef National Park is open all year. Vehicles with high ground clearance, even those without four wheel drive, can usually negotiate the roads without difficulty.

Dinosaur Diamond is named for the rough diamond shape of this remarkable area, stretching from Eastern Utah into Western Colorado. The Byway offers opportunities for the public to visit archeological and fossil sites in their natural settings.

Welcome to Utah Heritage Highway 89 and the Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area. We are the artisans and business owners of the Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance. You are about to begin a a heritage adventure that will take you through one or more of five uniquely Western heritage areas.

  • 2 hours
  • 22 miles oneway
  • Rough Dirt/Gravel with a paved portion

The Abajo Loop crosses the mountains, climbing to an elevation of 9,000 feet, and terminates on the north side of the Abajo Mountains at Utah Hwy. 211 on the way to Canyonlands National Park.

  • 1 hour
  • 24 miles oneway
  • Paved

Alpine Scenic Backway travels through heavy alpine forests around Mt. Timpanogos. The road is paved, but narrow and twisting, and offers sensational alpine scenery along its length.

  • 20 minutes
  • 15 miles (24 km)

This spectacular lake is nearly 20 miles long, from four to eight miles wide, and reaches a depth of 208 feet. Half of the lake is in Utah and half in Idaho. Utah's half has Rendezvous Beach State Park on the south end, just past the rest stop; Bear Lake Marina State Park on the west side of the lak...

  • 1-1/2 hours
  • 40 miles oneway
  • Paved up to Elk Meadows, then dirt and gravel

This paved route winds east through pretty Beaver Canyon along the cascading Beaver River high up into the Tushar Mountains. Along the way are some picnic areas and campgrounds. The paved portion ends after 19 miles near the Elk Meadows Ski and Summer Resort.

  • 45 minutes
  • 17 miles (27 km)

Diverge from multi-lane, interstate 15 to access the Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway (U-153). As you turn east, notice the towering mountains in the distance. The byway leads to camping, fishing, and hiking adventures in beautiful pine surroundings. Alternately, visit sites around the impetus of the bywa...

  • about four hours
  • 164 miles (263 km)

Completed in 1976 and dubbed the "Bicentennial Highway," this road is the gateway to Natural Bridges National Monument, where erosion has created the world's largest display of natural bridges, formed out of 225 million-year-old Cedar Mesa sandstone.

  • 45 minutes
  • 14 miles oneway
  • Paved

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.

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