This is the time of year to hop in the car and take a scenic drive through Utah. All across the state, fall foliage is at its peak, but it’s going fast as the weather cools down. Many of these country roads will soon be covered with snow (or closed for the season), so grab your camera and get going!
1. Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway
This 35-mile-long loop takes you from Nephi to Payson (or vice versa), and is well-known for its beautiful fall foliage.
2. Butterfield Canyon
Butterfield Canyon, on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley, offers some truly spectacular colors.
3. Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway
When the leaves start turning at Zion National Park, they are particularly gorgeous against the red rock. The leaves turn later down here - this photo was taken on October 17, 2012.
4. US-89, Logan Canyon
Take US-89 up Logan Canyon, past Beaver Mountain to the Bear Lake Summit for a host of fall colors.
5. Highway 12 Through The Dixie National Forest
The vibrant colors of the aspens mix with the pines for a stunning effect.
6. Alpine Loop
The Alpine Loop from American Fork Canyon to Provo Canyon is one of the Wasatch Front's most popular fall foliage drive. You can see why.
7. UT-190, Big Cottonwood Canyon
This gorgeous canyon road takes you from the base of the canyon to Brighton and Solitude Resorts, where you'll find plenty of great autumn hiking. From Brighton Resort, continue on over Guardsman's Pass, which takes you down into the Heber Valley.
8. UT-210, Little Cottonwood Canyon
The winding, picturesque Little Cottonwood Road takes you up the canyon to Snowbird and Alta Resorts, where you'll find more great hiking and fall recreation.
9. Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
Take this drive soon before snow closes the highway! The road takes you from Kamas up to Mirror Lake.
10. Red Cloud Loop
The Red Cloud Loop starts 14 miles north of Vernal and takes you through the Ashley National Forest.
11. Skyine Drive, Manti-La Sal National Forest
This road runs along the plateau of the Wasatch mountains, reaching elevations of 11,000 feet.
12. Fishlake National Forest
Several routes will take you through the national forest, which encompasses 1.5 million acres. Try SR-25, SR-72, SR-29 and SR-31.