If you want to experience Utah fall colors, you’ve come to the right place! Thanks to an unusually wet year in 2023, Utah is in for an amazing Fall season, and we couldn’t be more excited! Fall in Utah is famed for its sweeping views of autumn foliage. Deep shades of red, yellow, orange, and purple paint the surrounding mountains and line the winding roads, revealing gorgeous scenery. For a front-row seat to the best of fall’s vistas, take these iconic autumn drives.
Nebo Loop Scenic Byway
(The lowest crowds)
There’s nothing quite the fall colors when Nebo Loop Scenic Byway’s is aglow with afternoon light. Crossing the Uinta National Forest between Nephi and Payson, the approximately 37-mile drive climbs to 9,345 feet. It offers incredible views of the Wasatch Mountains—including the tallest mountain in this range, 11,928-foot Mount Nebo. As a bonus, include a stop at the Devil’s Kitchen Geologic Interest Site. Here, you can hike the overlook of red rock amid the mountain forests. Additionally, Payson Lakes Recreation Area is popular for fishing and camping and boasts the best of Utah’s fall colors.
The Alpine Scenic Loop
(The most well-known)
Open from late May through October, the Alpine Scenic Loop offers numerous detours, ideal for admiring brilliant fall hues. Following Utah Hwy. 92, the 20-mile route in the Uinta National Forest runs through the American Fork and Provo Canyons. This route features Mount Timpanogos, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Sundance Resort, and hiking paths through natural streams and waterfalls. Visitors can purchase a 3-day pass for $6, a 7-day pass for $12, or an annual pass for $45.
Big Cottonwood Canyon
(Nearest to Salt Lake City)
Carved by glacier and stream erosion, Big Cottonwood Canyon offers a scenic tour through ancient, natural splendor. Just Twenty-five minutes from Salt Lake International Airport and home to Brighton and Solitude ski resorts, this route is brimming with hiking, biking, and climbing opportunities. Hike Stairs Gulch for a closer look at the varying autumn leaves, or take a step back at a picnic area to enjoy a bite backdropped with vast views of unparalleled scenery.
Provo Canyon Scenic Byway
(Most walking trails)
The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway is located in the Wasatch Mountain Range and boasts several treasures along the way. Bridal Veil Falls, Sundance Mountain Resort, and the Provo River (well-known for fly fishing) are just the start. Enjoy the nearby Heber Valley, where you’ll find the historic Heber Valley Railroad, charming mountain towns, and multiple state parks. Oh, and if you prefer to see the Utah fall colors on foot – Provo Canyon has excellent walking trails.
Woodland Hills Utah
(The best for views)
While Utah’s fall colors can be seen from numerous canyons and peaks, only a lucky few get to witness these stunning colors from the comfort of their home. If you’ve ever dreamed of building a custom home, there’s no better time to visit Summit Creek in Woodland Hills than during the magical fall season. Here, you’ll not only see the fall colors, but you’ll also have the opportunity to experience them like never before.
Imagine gazing at the breathtaking autumn scenery through the expansive floor-to-ceiling windows of your dream home, with a cozy fireplace casting its warm glow and a gentle autumn breeze wafting through an open back door, surrounded by exquisite architecture and meticulously designed interiors. At Summit Creek, this isn’t just a dream – it’s a reality waiting to be embraced.