This drive is a favorite during autumn when the reds and golds of maple, oak and aspen contrast sharply with a backdrop of evergreens. Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a worthwhile stop along the route and Cascade Springs makes a great side trip. The Alpine Loop is 24 miles of paved highway and the road to Cascade Springs is 7.5 miles one-way, also paved. From Cascade Springs, a gravel road can return you over the hill to Heber City.
The Alpine Loop is closed during winter months, although Sundance Resort is still accessible from US Hwy 189. Several campgrounds and picnic areas with restrooms and parking are provided along the highway. For more information on this drive, contact the Pleasant Grove Ranger District of the Uinta National Forest at 801-785-3563.
1. Take US Hwy Highway 189 southwest from Heber City toward Provo
2. Turn right onto Utah Hwy 92 at the Sundance turnoff
Uinta National Forest, UT