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Scenic Excursions in Heber Valley

Some of Utah’s best activities lie within the boundaries of the Heber Valley. Several paved and dirt roads travel in all directions from Heber Valley through alpine meadows and forested canyons, crossing rocky ridges and meandering streams. Don't forget your camera to capture incredible views and your binoculars to get a good look at the variety of wildlife that inhabit these mountains.

Mirror Lake, Strawberry Valley, Provo Canyon, and the Alpine Loop are all paved drives and recommended for any type of vehicle. Guardsman Pass, the Adventure Highway, and Cascade Springs are dirt roads and conditions vary.

Complete information on all of your options is presented below.

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The Adventure Highway

  • 100 miles
  • 3 hours
The Adventure Highway is a series of backcountry roads crossing the National Forests in Utah from one end of the state to the other. This picturesque drive crosses Wasatch County through the deep forested canyons and high mountains east of Heber City on the Uinta National Forest.
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Alpine Loop Scenic Backway

  • 24 miles
  • 1 hour
  • Paved, Gravel
The Alpine Loop Scenic Backway skirts Mount Timpanogos wilderness area through American Fork Canyon, climbs over a mountain pass, travels past Robert Redford's Sundance Resort, and descends into picturesque Provo Canyon.
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Cascade Springs

  • 7.5 miles
  • 1/2 hour
This short drive follows a dirt road from Midway over oak and maple covered hills into American Fork Canyon and Cascade Springs. The springs cascade down mountain slopes over a series of limestone terraces and pools.
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Guardsman Pass

  • 7 miles
  • 1/2 hour
This picturesque fall drive follows a dirt road from Midway through Wasatch Mountain State Park to the high ridgelines of the Wasatch Mountains. Red mountain maples and golden aspen amid dark evergreens highlight this road through Pine Creek Canyon.
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Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

  • 56 miles
  • 1.5 hours
The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is a spectacular drive, ascending well over 10,000 feet through the heart of the rugged Uinta Mountains which boast Utah's highest peaks. Countless lakes dot the landscape, nestled in trees against craggy mountain cliffs.
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Provo Canyon Scenic Byway

  • 32 miles
  • 1 hour
The Provo Canyon Scenic Byway follows U.S. Highway 189 southwest from Heber City past Deer Creek Reservoir into Provo Canyon. Steep limestone cliffs bank the deep, narrow canyon of the Provo River, where waterfalls descend over layers of strata before reaching the stream.
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Strawberry Valley

  • 20 miles
  • 1 hour
This drive travels through scenic Daniels Canyon on US Hwy 40 east of Heber City into Strawberry Valley, a peaceful high mountain plain surrounded by rolling hills of conifer and aspen. The valley floor is covered with meadows of grasses and sage that become a splendor of wildflowers during summer months.
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Wolf Creek Highway

  • 21 miles
  • 1 hour
This scenic highway climbs to over 9,000 feet through thick spruce and fir forests. Groves of aspens accent the hillsides with brilliant gold during autumn, making this a pleasant fall drive.