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Mount Nebo Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop)

A mountain road with spectacular views of the Wasatch Range

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop) in Utah 2019 - Best Time
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Ken Lund

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway or Nebo Loop is a picturesque road in the Uinta National Forest, in Utah that links Payson and Nephi. With a considerable elevation of 2,850 m (9,353 ft) at the Monument Trailhead, the road winds up to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offering stunning views of Utah Valley and prominent 3,636-m (11,928-ft) Mt Nebo, the tallest peak in the Wasatch Range. The road is closed to traffic during winter due to snow, which usually lasts from late November until late May. Mount Nebo Scenic Byway typically gets opened by Memorial Day, weather contingent of course.

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway is a two-lane paved road starting in a narrow canyon, following a mountain stream and climbing through the Wasatch Range to Mt Nebo. The drive features wildflowers on middle and high elevations in the summer. There are several campgrounds and many hiking opportunities. Trail heads and scenic outlooks are abundant along the byway. In particular, the road leads to Mount Nebo Wilderness Area.

The amazing autumn foliage of the Uinta National Forest makes this road one of the most popular in the state during fall. There are horseback riding areas and the Devil's Kitchen Geologic Interest site. Also, visitors can stop by the Payson Lakes Recreation Area, with paved hiking trails, picnic areas, camping, and great fishing. The 61-km(38-mi) byway can be completed in 90 min.