Utah Fall October 08, 2019
by Catherine Armstrong Cascade Springs In Utah Is Surrounded By Beautiful Fall Colors
Utah’s Alpine Loop is famous for its annual fall foliage, and if you’re looking for an afternoon road trip, we highly recommend this journey. One of the stops along the way is Cascade Springs, a popular spot with a trail that winds through springs that cascade down the hillside. Right now, it’s surrounded by the vibrant hues of autumn, and you’re going to want to check it out.
The Alpine Loop runs from American Fork Canyon through some of the Wasatch Front's most beautiful forested landscape, then down through Provo Canyon. It's the perfect weekend afternoon drive in the fall.
For a close-up look at the vibrant red, orange, and yellow hues of autumn, pull the car over when you get to Cascade Springs.
To find Cascade Springs, take State Route 92 up American Fork Canyon. Go past Timpanogos Cave, then turn right at the South Fork junction. Follow signs for Cascade Springs about another 10 miles to the trailhead.
The trail that takes you past the springs is short and easy, and much of it is accessible to everyone.
It's just half a mile from start to finish, which is just far enough to feel like you're going on an adventure, but short enough that it's suitable for small children. You can also bring your dog along on the trail; just make sure to keep him on leash and clean up after him.
The springs gush up out of the ground and run down the hill at the rate of seven million gallons every day! Set against the fall foliage, they're quite a sight to behold.
Aspens, maples, and oak turn the landscape into a vibrant display of color, and if you time your visit just right, you'll capture some gorgeous photos here.
The springs make their way through a series of naturally-developed pools and waterfalls before emptying into Deer Creek, which provides its own musical sounds to the scenery.
You'll find plenty of benches along the trails here, so allow yourself enough time to just sit and bask in the splendor of fall while you're here.
Keep a close eye on your kids and pets while you make your way through this area. They're not allowed in the water, and it poses safety hazards for little ones.
As always, be mindful of the other people enjoying this area. Don't litter, stay on the path, and be respectful of the natural beauty of this stunning place.
Have you visited Cascade Springs during autumn months? If so, we’d love to see your photos in the comments! For more information on the springs, visit
this page on the USDA Forest Service’s website.
If you’re looking for another foray into nature while the fall foliage is colorful,
take this trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
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