The Nebo Loop scenic byway in Utah’s Uinta National Forest offers sightseers views of the Utah valley, stunning red rock formations, alpine lakes, clear streams and the breathtaking Wasatch Mountains. Take this adventure on a fall day. You’ll be amazed at the colorful landscape and bright autumn leaves. There are many amazing scenic overlooks as you climb over 9,000 feet in elevation. Views of Mount Nebo, the highest peak in the Wasatch range at 11,928 feet, are spectacular.
This popular scenic drive starts only an hour away from Salt Lake City. I explored it on a beautiful, sunny fall day. I was in awe of how the red, yellow and orange foliage contrasted brilliantly with the lush green mountains and clear streams.
This fall adventure was a photographers dream. Here I looked down into a clear blue stream and captured the reflection of colorful fall leaves.
After seeing mountains, forests, streams and bright foliage, you’ll be shocked when the Nebo Loop takes you to Devil’s Kitchen! Devil’s Kitchen reminds me of the southern Utah desert and Bryce National Park.
You’ll view red rock spires and formations with lush green forests in the background. A quarter mile path takes you to this stunning lookout point.
Ready for a hiking adventure? Hike the Mt. Nebo Bench Trail through alpine meadows, forests and rocky ridges for magnificent views of the valley and peaks. With a 3800-foot elevation climb, this nine mile round-trip hike can be challenging!
The awe-inspiring Nebo Loop drive is only 37 miles, but I suggest taking more than a half day for short hikes, a picnic lunch and sightseeing. Plan to spend a full-day if you add the Mt. Nebo Bench Trail. For a weekend adventure, there are many campsites in the Uinta National Forest and the Mt. Nebo Wilderness Area.
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