Looking to go on a fun adventure in Park City? Whether you’re a nature lover, a thrill-seeker, or just someone who loves soaking in picture-perfect views, you can enjoy scenic drives and road bike rides just a few miles away from Park City.
These scenic routes stretch across gorgeous mountain passes and picturesque byways, taking visitors to enchanting spots surrounded by colorful wildflowers, sweeping terrain, and breathtaking mountain vistas.
Without further ado, here are a few scenic routes for you to check out around Park City:
Mirror Lake Highway
Mirror Lake Scenic Byway winds through the highest mountain range in Utah. The start of the highway is located in the town of Kamas, 16 miles east of Park City, winding into the national forest, and descending towards Mirror Lake.
Head east to Kamas via SR-248 (Kearns Blvd.) and then take a left on SR-32 for two blocks towards SR-150 (Scenic Byway). Mirror Lake is located about an hour away from Park City. You can head back the same way or make a detour to Evanston, WY and take I-80 westbound to return to Park City. This route will take you past falls, small lakes, trailheads, camping sites, and abundant wildlife.
Keep in mind that there are no retail venues within the forest area so make sure to gas up and buy some snacks and other essential items before you begin your drive.
You can find the starting point of the Provo Canyon drive just around 20 minutes from Park City. The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway offers views of majestic peaks, kite surfers and boaters at Deer Creek Reservoir, and Bridal Veil Falls. The Provo River, which is very popular for fly-fishermen, runs adjacent to the scenic byway, lining the route with enchanting vertical limestone cliffs.
You can stop by Bridal Veil Falls which plunges for more than 600 feet over limestone terraces. You can view the falls from a roadside overlook, or at nearby Nunns Park if you want a closer view.
Continue driving up towards Sundance Resort and then to the Alpine Scenic Loop which will take you to Heber and back to Park City.
Alpine Scenic Loop
The 27-mile Alpine Scenic Loop Byway treats visitors to views of breathtaking mountain landscapes with amazing destinations such as Sundance Resort, Cascade Springs, and Mount Timpanogos along the way.
Continue following the highway to get to Timpanogos Caves or take the paved road towards Cascade Springs. The springs are filled with around 5.5 million gallons of water, which bubble up every day, pouring over travertine ledges and collecting into serene pools populated with fish.
From Cascade Springs, the gravel road will stretch for about 7.5 miles towards Midway and Heber, where you can get back to Park City.
Guardsman Pass is the perfect option if you’re looking for a short road trip close to Park City. The path is paved for most of the way, with maintained gravel making up the middle portion, but is still passable for family vehicles.
Take the SR-224 towards Deer Valley Drive and turn east to get to the roundabout before exiting to Marsac Avenue and continuing to Ontario Canyon and to Guardsman Pass. The route is surrounded by picturesque forests and valleys before reaching the summit area perched between the Park City Resort area and Big Cottonwood Canyon, which is abundant with wildflowers and wildlife.
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