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Mount Nebo Scenic Byway (Nebo Loop)

A mountain road with spectacular views of the Wasatch Range

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Mount Nebo Scenic Byway or Nebo Loop is a picturesque road in the Uinta National Forest, in Utah that links Payson and Nephi. A two-lane paved road starts in a narrow canyon, following a mountain stream, and climbing through the Wasatch Range to Mt Nebo. With a considerable elevation of 9,353 feet (2,850 m) at the Monument Trailhead, the drive winds up to the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest offering stunning views of Utah Valley and prominent 11,928-foot (3,636-m) Mt Nebo, the tallest peak in the Wasatch Range. The 38-mile (61-km) byway can be completed in 90 minutes.

When is Nebo Loop open

Mount Nebo Scenic Byway is closed to traffic from late November until late May due to snow blocking the way. The road typically gets opened by Memorial Day, weather permitting of course.

Nebo Loop hikes

Nebo Loop scenic drive also offers many hiking opportunities. Trailheads and scenic outlooks are abundant along the byway. In particular, the road leads to Mount Nebo Wilderness Area. In summer, you'll enjoy colorful wildflowers on middle and high elevations. Whereas, the amazing fall foliage of the Uinta National Forest makes this road one especially popular later in the season. Additionally, there are horseback riding areas and the Devil's Kitchen Geologic Interest site to discover.

Nebo Loop camping

There are several campgrounds within the area. Visitors favor the Payson Lakes Campground, with paved hiking trails, picnic areas, camping, and great fishing. However, you can also stop at Blackhawk Campground further south or Cottonwood Campground closer to Nephi.

Nebo Loop map

If you prefer staying in a hotel, you can find the best deals suggested on the Nebo Loop map. And remember, that making your bookings well ahead of time is always a good idea.

Practical info

When is Nebo Loop road open?

Nebo Loop usually opens in late May around Memorial Day and closes with the snowfalls in late fall, usually by late November.

When does Nebo Loop close?

Nebo Loop closes around late November when snow blocks the road.

How long does it take to drive the Nebo Loop?

About 1.5 hours

How to get to Nebo Loop?

You can access the byway from Payson—from Interstate 15 take Exit 248, then turn right onto 600 East, and there the Nebo Loop Road (FR 015) is.

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