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Quick Facts
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Designation: Utah State Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees along the byway proper.
Length, One-Way: 37 Miles (61.67 Kilometers)
Time: 45 to 60 Minutes

General Information

Description - This byway begins in the quiet community of Payson and ascends back and forth through a canyon of deep, fresh forest that turns to visual fire in the fall. The route continues alongside a cold, rocky creek that drops off into intermittent miniature waterfalls; fishers sit aside this creek in the cool of dusk and let their bait float while they catch the waft of campfire smoke and roasting marshmallows. At this time of evening, it's hard to tell what's louder, the prelude of the cricket symphony or the postlude of the bird's sonata.

By degrees, the landscape changes into a high-mountain wilderness. Only fields of crisp, bright wildflowers interrupt the thick stands of aspen. Incredibly high overlooks show the Wasatch Mountains sitting loosely below you like a pile of ribbon. From these overlooks, you can also see the byway's namesake, 11,877-foot Mt. Nebo. This is such a well-liked area that more than one million people visit annually, and a good percentage of them reserve campsites a year in advance to make sure they get a good spot to stay and relax for a few days. During the summer, most people like to fish at one of the glass-smooth lakes (such as Payson) or hike on many of the trails (such as the Loafer Mountain Trail).

Attractions - The Nebo Loop Scenic Byway is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Directions from : There are two main ways to get to this byway:

  • From Salt Lake City: Take Interstate 15 south toward Provo. Continue south past Provo until you reach Payson Exit 254. Exit and go east on Utah Avenue until the road intersects with Main Street. Turn left and go about 2 miles to 600 North. Turn right onto the beginning of the byway.

  • From St. George/Cedar City: Follow Interstate 15 north to Nephi Exit 255. Exit and go east on Highway 132 about 3 miles until you reach the intersection of the Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. Turn right onto the byway.

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Additional Information:
Utah Scenic Byways - Utah's Scenic Byway Program is comprised of 27 routes that showcase Utah's splendor; from slick rock canyons and pristine deserts to majestic mountain views and high country lakes.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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