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Leaf Peeping in Utah
Go for the Gold
When you think of beautiful fall colors,you generally think of the NorthEast, and not Utah's desert country! However, one of Utah's well-kept secrets is the color show that is put on each fall. While this show lasts only a very short time, it is spectacular. Combined with the cooler temperatures, the thinning crowds, and the disappearing bugs, viewing the fall-adorned scenery in Utah is memorable.

There are many activities that are wonderful in the fall; hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, boating, taking a scenic drive, etc, etc. The list goes on and on. Below is a (non-inclusive) list of some of the more awe-inspiring places to Go for the Gold.

Scenic Drives

  • Alpine Loop in Provo Canyon
  • Boulder Mountain (just North of Escalante)
  • Guardsman's Pass (Park City or Big Cottonwood access)
  • LaSal Mountain Loop (outside of Moab)
  • Provo Canyon
  • Mount Nebo Loop in Nephi
  • Energy Loop(including Skyline Drive)
  • Logan Canyon
  • Highway 12 (near Escalante)
  • For more ideas, see the Fall Color Scenic Byways (by Utah.com)
  • Mountain Hiking/Biking/Horseback Riding
    Pick any Mountain trail, that allows the activity that interests you, here are a few that allow bikes or horses.

  • Boulder Mountain (North of Escalante)
  • Dog Lake (Mill Creek or Big CottonWood access)
  • Fish Lake trails (Central Utah)
  • Mueller Park trail (Wasatch Mountains North of Salt Lake)
  • Desert Hiking/Biking/Horseback Riding Remember the best color will be by a river where the cottonwoods flourish.

  • Horseshoe Canyon (Canyonlands National Park)
  • Courthouse Wash (Arches National Park)
  • Zion Canyon (Zion National Park)
  • Backroads of Utah
    by Theresa A. Husarik

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