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(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Aspen trees are reaching their peak colors in Big Cottonwood Canyon Wednesday September 25. Fall is in its full glory but a winter storm will paint the high country with the first dusting of snow.
Enjoy Utah’s brightest fall foliage on these 5 drives
First Published Sep 25 2013 12:22 pm • Last Updated Sep 26 2013 09:00 am

The weather forecast predicts snow in our future but that doesn’t mean you don’t still have time to enjoy the best of what autumn in Utah has to offer.

Here are five suggestions for drives you can take in different regions of Utah to enjoy fall foliage:

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Alpine Loop • Start this 24-mile drive at the mouth of American Fork Canyon, drive past Timpanogos Cave and complete it on U.S. 189 in Provo Canyon just past the Sundance Ski Area. A nice side trip will take you to Cascade Springs, a beautiful natural area with a boardwalk trail that can be spectacular this time of year.

Ogden River Scenic Byway • Sometimes known locally as the Monte Cristo Highway, this 44-mile drive begins at the mouth of Ogden Canyon and follows Utah 39 past Pineview Reservoir and Monte Cristo Peak, eventually ending near Woodruff, in Rich County. There are some nice restaurants along the way, as well as the Trappist Monastery and the Shooting Star Saloon in nearby Huntsville.

Red Cloud Loop • This 45-mile mostly dirt road begins at the border of the Ashley National Forest off U.S. 191 on the way to Flaming Gorge Reservoir. This is an especially good place to see yellow aspens.

Beaver Canyon • Driving the 17 miles from the town of Beaver up Utah 153 to the Eagle Mountain Ski Area in the Tushar Mountains can be a real treat. Consider taking the road all the way to Junction and U.S. 89, though that will require a slight detour on U.S. Forest Road 137.

Warner Lake/La Sal Mountain Loop Road • This 60-mile backway, which provides access to Warner Lake where the yellow aspen leaves can cast reflections in the high mountain lake, often creates memorable photos for leaf viewers.

— Tom Wharton




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