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Mirror Lake Highway

A scenic high-altitude drive is the highest paved highway of Utah


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Mirror Lake Highway or State Route 150 is the highest asphalted road and a popular scenic route in Utah, 80 km (50 mi) east of Salt Lake City. Starting from Kamas (some 20 minutes from Park City) the road winds through the Wasatch-Cache National Forest and into the Uinta Mountains to the Wyoming/Utah border. It features many picnic areas, scenic viewpoints, fishing lakes, and campgrounds. The highest point of Mirror Lake Highway is the Bald Mountain Pass, 3,257 m (10,687 ft). After the pass, the road descends to Mirror Lake and Bear River Ranger Station. From there, the road runs parallel the Bear River and on to Evanston, Wyoming.

Mirror Lake Highway is 124 km (77 mi) long. It was built in 1933. The road is open from late May to mid-fall. It shuts down for the winter after too much snow gets accumulated.

Mirror Lake Highway is Utah's most famous mountain wilderness drive. Wasatch-Cache National Forest section features exciting hairpin corners and steep grades, as well as stunning mountain views. The road passes scenic farms and ranch, green meadows and rugged rock formations. Visitors can stop for a hike into the High Uinta Wilderness along the byway. Other possible activities include camping, fishing, and cycling. In the winter it offers excellent cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

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