- 90 miles (144 km)
- 3 to 4 hours to drive the byway.
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Bear Lake Northern Utah
Castle Country Central Utah
Uintah County - Vernal Northeastern Utah
Uintah County - Vernal
San Rafael Country South Central Utah
San Rafael Country
Heber Valley North Central Utah
Zion National Park - North Rim Grand Canyon Southern Utah
Zion National Park - North Rim Grand Canyon
Moab Southeast Utah
Ogden Valley Northern Utah
Park City North Central Utah
Salt Lake North Central Utah
San Juan County Southeast Utah
San Juan County
Sevier County - The Center of it All South Central Utah
Sevier County - The Center of it All
Capitol Reef Country Central Utah
Capitol Reef Country
Cedar City & Brian Head Southern Utah
Cedar City & Brian Head
Logan - Cache Valley Northern Utah
Logan - Cache Valley
Box Elder County Northern Utah
Box Elder County
Bryce Canyon Country Southern Utah
Bryce Canyon Country
Foothill Cultural District Salt Lake City
Foothill Cultural District
Utah - Life Elevated Statewide
Utah - Life Elevated
Flaming Gorge Country Northeastern Utah
Flaming Gorge Country
Palisade, Colorado Western
Discover Blanding Southeastern Utah
Holiday River Expeditions Utah, Colorado and Idaho
Holiday River Expeditions
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The Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway takes you on a 90-mile journey parallel to the old rail beds of the 1869 Transcontinental Railroad. This railroad was formed after an epic race, when the tracks laid by the Central Pacific Railroad connected with those laid by the Union Pacific Railroad at Promontory Point north of the massive Great Salt Lake.
The landscape, though sparse and remote, is surprisingly beautiful. Rather than trees, you'll be surrounded by salt flats. Lake Bonneville, which once covered northern Utah, left land forms that roll with the road. The land remains mostly unchanged. As you drive, it is easy to picture the railroad as it was over a hundred years ago.