- 17 miles (27 km)
- 45 minutes
- There are no fees along the byway proper.
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 byway for information-rich, historical encounters.
Hiking and horseback riding opportunities along the byway range from easy to intense. Enjoy the Indian Creek Trail, for example. The wide range of vegetation and spectacular scenery make the 13-mile trail a fun horseback ride or hike. Stop anytime along the way to fish. Be prepared to get wet while traveling the North Fork and North Creek Trails. Both cross the creek several times.
After you've gotten your feet wet, try your hand at history with a free tour of the historic Cove Fort. Twenty-five miles north of the byway, the fort was initially built as a way station for travelers on the road between St. George and Fillmore or Salt Lake. Others, on their way to southern California, also enjoyed the amenities the fort had to offer. To get a fuller sense of the pioneer experience, visit the fort's telegraph office, stage depot, huge kitchen, and barracks.
To the west of the byway, on Highway 21, lies the ghost town of Frisco, established in 1875 when silver was discovered here. At its peak, Frisco had a population of 4,000. The town's economy bottomed out, though, when its mine collapsed in 1885 and settlers quickly dissipated. Wander among the interesting buildings, mine remnants, and charcoal ovens they left behind. Rock hound, take photos, or just have a curious look around.
The Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway offers everything from trout fishing to rock hounding. Besides recreational activities, it offers you a unique view of history, of what life was like in the desert West in the late-1800 and early-1900s. So leave the interstate and enjoy the Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway.