Utah's Scenic Byways

The geographic size of Utah might seem daunting, but time on the road passes quickly when new discoveries punctuate each mile traveled. From ghost towns to dinosaur footprints and red rock towers or a Caribbean-color lake, Utah's 27 state and national scenic byways are destinations themselves. 

No matter where you are traveling in Utah, take the scenic byway there and you'll be rewarded with an eyeful of inspiring landscapes, ancient heritage, profound geology or diverse wildlife. Utah's 2,200 miles of scenic byways also connect many of The Mighty Five® national parks, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and more than nine million acres of national forest land with Utah's vibrant cities and welcoming towns. To help you find your way, curated itineraries plot inspirational routes through Utah, from the iconic classics to the hidden gems.

Distances and times listed below are approximate, and will vary with current conditions and your own pace. Several of the following byways present multiple opportunities to pull off the road for a scenic or interpretive overlook, and some of the longer routes would make an excellent weekend vacation — or longer — by themselves.

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National Scenic Byways

All-American Road: Scenic Byway 12 
119 miles | 4+ hours

Highway 12 from Panguitch to Torrey passes through twisting canyons, red rock towers, pine forests and pioneer towns, you will experience one of this nation's most beautiful drives. Punctuating the drive are breathtaking panoramas, national parks and monuments, recreation areas and state parks.

Between the breathtaking engineering of the ridge-traversing "Hogsback" and some of world's most startling geography, Scenic Byway 12 is simply one of America's most beautiful drives. You'll find it difficult not to stop at multiple points along the way to experience breathtaking panoramas, national parks and monuments, recreation areas and state parks.You'll also see pioneer towns like Henrieville, untouched by time. You can taste Zagat-rated local cuisine in an unexpected place: Boulder, Utah. In winter, make sure to inquire locally for road conditions. While driving Highway 12, imagine climbing the 124 miles on a bike. Elite cyclists do just that as part of America's Toughest Stage Race, the Tour of Utah.

Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway National Scenic Byway
512 miles | 9–10 hours nonstop or a thorough 2–3 day tour | Map

Connecting onto I-170, this 512-mile route truly is a gem, creating a "diamond" pattern on the map through what was once Utah's "Jurassic Park." From Moab, north through Price and Vernal, then a return trip south through Colorado's Dinosaur, Rangely and Fruita, join dinosaur enthusiasts and scientists from around the world. Explore the museums, active dig sites and rock art along the way, headlined by Dinosaur National Monument and Price's CEU Prehistoric Museum. Learn more about Utah as a dinosaur discovery utopia

 This byway has an accompanying TravelStorys audio experience. 
Download the TravelStorys mobile app to listen and discover while on the open road.

The Energy Loop: Huntington and Eccles Canyons National Scenic Byway
138 miles | 2.5–4 hours | Map

US Hwy 6 from Price or Hwy 89 from Fairview is an exhilarating drive during any season. Visitors will discover why this byway is known as the "Energy Loop" when they pass a working power plant and natural gas wells. Learn of the hardships of the first generation of coal miners and railroaders while traveling to elevations of more than 10,000 feet. Don’t miss the Wedge Overlook of the San Rafael Swell (the Little Grand Canyon), Huntington Reservoir, Stuart Guard Station and the Mammoth discovery of 8-8-88, Electric Lake and the famous Arapeen OHV trail.

Flaming Gorge-Uintas National Scenic Byway
80 miles | 1.75+ hours | Map

U.S. 191 from Vernal travels north to the Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center or the Wyoming border then returns to the junction of U.S. 191/Highway 44 and travels north to Dutch John.With 82 miles of wildlife viewing opportunities, this byway crosses habitats of deer, elk, moose, eagles and many other bird and animal species. You can learn about the region's geology and wildlife with the aid of interpretive signs. The byway features 17 interpretive pullouts and also accesses Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area with panoramic views of the reservoir, spreading north from the Flaming Gorge Dam. 

 This byway has an accompanying TravelStorys audio experience. 
Download the TravelStorys mobile app to listen and discover while on the open road.

Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway
41 miles| 1 hour | Map

U.S. 89 north and east from Logan to the Utah/Idaho Border is a 41-mile National Scenic Byway is the most scenic route from Northern Utah to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone in Wyoming. The byway runs alongside the winding Logan River from the city of Logan to Garden City. Much of the corridor travels through spectacular, craggy limestone cliffs. The scenic byway peaks at a glorious vista overlooking the turquoise waters of Bear Lake, then winds down the mountain to the Idaho border. Check out our itinerary for a North of the 41st Parallel Road Trip.

Nebo Loop National Scenic Byway
38 miles | 1.5+ hours | Map

Forest Service Road 15 between Payson and Nephi is a winding 38 mile scenic drive between Payson and Nephi connects the Grotto Falls Trail, Payson Lakes, Nebo Snowmobile complex, the Historic Payson Guard Station, Devil's Kitchen (resembles Bryce Canyon) and the overlook of the 11,938-foot Mount Nebo.

Trail of the Ancients National Scenic Byway
Side-trip style: 480 miles | 9–10 hours nonstop or 2–3 day tour | Map
Counter-clockwise: 300+ miles | 8+ hours nonstop or longer tour | Map (Moki Dugway route)

From Monticello to Monument Valley, Blanding to Mexican Hat via Natural Bridges, or Bluff to Hovenweep with a wide swing east into Colorado and south into Arizona. There are many ways to tackle this important scenic byway.

Packed with scenic vistas and both archaeological and cultural intrigue, the byway encounters numerous examples of Ancestral Puebloan history in the Four Corners area. A tour of the Utah portion of the Trail of the Ancients includes Four Corners Monument, Edge of the Cedars State Park and Museum, Natural Bridges National Monument, Hovenweep National Monument, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, and many other areas of interest. A more circular route hits the steep and spectacular Moki Dugway, comprised of white-knuckle inducing gravel switchbacks. Get inspiration for a Road of the Ancients roadtrip.

Utah’s Patchwork Parkway National Scenic Byway
51 miles | 1.5+ hours | Map

S.R. 143 passes from Parowan to Panguitch with a side trip to Cedar Breaks National Monument on S.R. 148. During a winter snowstorm in 1864, Mormon pioneers painstakingly traversed this unforgettable mountain road by throwing down handmade patchwork quilts onto the snow, stepping on them gingerly to avoid sinking. Patchwork Parkway passes Brian Head Resort down the road on S.R. 148. Stop at the interpretive sites to learn more about the area's Mormon pioneer heritage.

State Scenic Byways

Utah's distinct topography provides the surface for 19 designated state byways. From the high mountain meadows of the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway in Northern Utah to the exposed rock strata of Souther Utah's Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway, and the dozens of byways in between, Utah offers a state road network with unparalleled vistas and heritage. 

Northern Utah

Bear Lake Scenic Byway
10 miles | 15 minutes | Map

Highway 30, from Laketown to Garden City along the shore of the brilliant turquoise-colored "Caribbean of the Rockies," known as Bear Lake. In the summer, stop for one Garden City's famous raspberry milkshakes. Check out our itinerary for a North of the 41st Parallel Road Trip.

Big Cottonwood Canyon State Byway
15 miles | 25 minutes | Map

Highway 190, up Big Cottonwood Canyon to Solitude and Brighton winter and summer resorts and plenty of hiking and camping among beautiful alpine lakes. Note: watershed prohibits domestic animals in this area.

Great Salt Lake Legacy Parkway Scenic Byway
14 miles | 20–25 minutes | Map
Audio tour coming soon

From Layton, Highway 67 passes through the coastal ecosystem of the Great Salt Lake with a relaxed pace, hiking, biking and bird-watching along the way. Check out Antelope Island State Park along the way. 

Little Cottonwood Canyon Scenic Byway
7 miles | 15 minutes to Alta | Map

Highway 210, up Little Cottonwood Canyon to Snowbird (plenty of summer fun) and Alta winter and summer resorts. This area is renowned for its crack climbing on 400 foot granite walls. Note: Watershed prohibits domestic animals in this area.

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
54 miles | 2 hours | Map

Highway 150, from Kamas, Utah to Evanston, Wyoming is a popular mountain byway that hits 10,700 feet and offers plentiful outdoor recreation while passing through the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. There are fees for forest use and winter closures. Read more about the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway.

Ogden River Scenic Byway
34 miles | 1 hour | Map

Highway 39 travels from Ogden to Snowbasin Resort, Huntsville and Pineview Reservoir and then continue a drive to Woodruff, climb into the forest (winter closure/snowmobile access). Check out our itinerary for a North of the 41st Parallel Road Trip.

Provo Canyon Scenic Byway
24 miles | 40+ minutes | Map

U.S. 189 in Provo connects the beautiful Heber and Utah valleys through the Provo Canyon. Enjoy Bridal Veil Falls, Stewart Falls, Sundance Mountain Resort, zip lines, horseback riding, river tubing and an extensive trail system in the shadow of the mighty Mount Timpanogos.

Central Utah

Fish Lake Scenic Byway
13 miles | 45 minutes | 
Map

Driving Highway 25, near Cove Fort/Scipio, between Highways 24 and 72, captures peace and quiet, abundant wildlife and excellent fishing at Fish Lake — the deepest natural lake in Utah — while camping amid high mountain forests and meadows. Learn more about taking a roadtrip through this forested oasis.

Southern Utah

Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway
17 miles | 60 minutes | Map

Highway 153, from Beaver to the Tushar Mountains, passing through Beaver Canyon, with plentiful fishing and hiking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter. Get inspired with a Beaver Canyon and the Sevier River Valley backway itinerary

Bicentennial Highway Scenic Byway
121 miles | 2 hours

Highway 95 from Monticello to Hanksville passes through red rock landscapes of National Bridges National Monument, Lake Powell Overlook and beautifully tranquil desert places.

Capitol Reef Country Scenic Byway
64 miles | 1.5+ hours | Map

Highway 24, from Loa to Hanksville showcases Capitol Reef National Park. You can continue north for an additional 30 miles to reach the otherworldly Goblin Valley State Park. Learn about all the scenic drives in this area.

Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway
6 miles | 30+ minutes

Highway 148, between Highway 14 & Highway 143 (near Brian Head) is the stunning Cedar Breaks National Monument. Come for the startling overlooks and stay for sunset and night star parties. There is a fee at the monument.

Dead Horse Mesa Scenic Byway
19 miles | 30 minutes | Map

Take Highway 313, 10 minutes north of Moab to Dead Horse Point State Park (yurt camping available) to one of the most photographed — and rightfully so — scenic overlooks in the world.

Indian Creek Scenic Byway
38 miles | 45 minutes | Map

Highway 211 (Exit U.S. 191, 14 miles north of Monticello), heads to the Needles section of Canyonlands National Park. Take the scenic route on your way to NewsPaper Rock — one of the West’s most famous rock art sites. Native American Indians have been engraving and drawing on Newspaper Rock in Utah for more than 2,000 years. Read more about the Indian Creek Scenic Byway.

Kolob Fingers Road Scenic Byway
5 miles | 30 minutes | Map

Exit 40 off I-15, 18 miles south of Cedar City. With a National Park Service fee you can access spectacular overlooks in Kolob Canyons.

Markagunt High Plateau Scenic Byway
40 miles | 1 hour

Highway 14, from Cedar City to U.S. 89 passes through Dixie National Forest. Enjoy the Mammoth cave lava tube and Navajo Lake, where the 3.5 mile lake dramatically disappears into the ground.

Mount Carmel Scenic Byway
60 miles | 1.5 hours

U.S. 89, from its junction with S.R. 12, south to Kanab passes through Grand Staircase-Escalante and offers panoramic glimpses at Zion National Park and several other astonishing landscapes.

Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway
34 miles round-trip | 2 hours

Highway 279 (Exit U.S. 191, 3 mi north of Moab) skirts along a river to the Potash Plant, Jug Handle Arch and views of the distant cliffs of Dead Horse Point. Learn more about the Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway

Zion Park Scenic Byway
54 miles | 1.5+ hours

S.R. 9, from I-15 to Mt. Carmel Junction is the famous red road of Zion National Park (fee required). It passes through the narrow Zion-Mt. Carmel en route to some beautiful pinyon pine and juniper woodlands. Allow plenty of extra time to stop and explore the park, including Kolob Canyons.

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