Top 5 Scenic Drives Near Park City

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With ski season winding down, explore a different side of Park City and the surrounding area by taking one of these scenic drives near Park City.

Guardsman Pass

No list would be complete without a mention of the Guardsman Pass Scenic Byway. This backcountry scenic drive near Park City offers travelers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains. There are several routes to access the peak of the pass, connecting Park City to Brighton (Salt Lake Valley) or connecting to Midway (Heber Valley).

The road is not paved in the winter time, so this route is best enjoyed in the summer and fall months. In the summer, travelers can gain a glimpse of wildflower fields, lush trees, with majestic mountain views surrounding you as you reach the top. Be sure to bring your camera along with you as there are many scenic turnouts almost at every bend. Come back in the fall to catch Guardsman Pass at its best with spectacular views of orange and yellow colored aspens that cover the mountainside.

Access the road from Park City just by following Prospect Street through town and continue south into the mountains where Prospect turns into Hwy 224, Guardsman Pass Road.

Mirror Lake Byway

Heading a little outside of Park City to the town of Kamas you will come across Mirror Lake Byway. This scenic route snakes through the Uinta Mountains taking you up to Bald Mountain Pass, which sits at 10,700 ft. in elevation. Passing by many lakes, such as Mirror Lake, streams, and clustered forests this pass will lead you outside of the state into Evanston, Wyoming.

The entire byway is 65 miles long and takes about two to three hours to drive.

Provo Canyon

The Provo River is the main attraction along this scenic drive, making it a fisherman’s paradise. The river is surrounded by vertical cliffs of limestone, which amplify the canyon walls. At the top of the pass is Deer Creek Reservoir State Park, which offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, such as boating, paddleboarding, and fishing.

Be sure to venture outside of your car during your road trip to catch views of Bridal Veil Falls. This short hike is easily accessible from the road and is completely worth the extra stop.

The entire drive is only 24 miles from Heber City to the beginning of the canyon near Provo, Utah. Hwy 189 can be reached from the south end of Main Street in Heber City, which is just 20 minutes outside of Park City.

Alpine Loop Scenic Byway

If heading down Provo Canyon turn off at the Sundance exit onto State Route 92. The Alpine Scenic Loop is a 27-mile long road that stretches between beautiful scenic mountains, including scenes of Mount Timpanogos and Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort. Even take a quick detour as you head over the American Fork Canyon to Cascade Springs, where seven million gallons of water seep through the ground and rock, creating large ponds and cascading waterfalls.

Take your exploration underground and explore the Timpanogos Caves. The Alpine Scenic Loop provides access to the caves, via a strenuous 1.5-mile hike into an underground world of stalagmites and stalactites.

Wolf Creek Pass

Explore some of Utah’s most beautiful backcountry scenic roads along Wolf Creek Pass. See stunning canyons and evergreen forests, while stopping over at Strawberry Reservoir, nestled in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains. Cast in a line to try and catch some trout at one of Utah’s most popular fisheries.

After encountering some flatlands in Hanna and Tabiona, you will encounter tight twisty turns as you head up Wolf Creek Pass, with incredible mountain views guiding you along the way. Upon completing the loop back to Heber, you will rendezvous with views of the Wasatch Mountains and the Jordanelle Reservoir. 

The total length of the loop is about 120 miles, so plan for a full day of exploration along this adventurous path.

Head out for the day and enjoy these scenic drives near Park City and rest at ease with your luxury accommodations awaiting you at The Lowell to complete your Park City vacation.

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