Nebo Loop Map

Overview

This byway has a little bit of almost everything Utah has to offer – experience scenic views of Mt. Nebo and the Wasatch Mountain Range, aspen and conifer forests, meadows, high-mountain lakes and streams, towering cliffs, salt flats, and even some red rock formations that are more usual to southern Utah. Whether simply driving the byway or getting out and enjoying some recreation, travelers are guaranteed to experience breathtaking views of nature. Popular recreation includes hiking, fishing, biking, camping, horseback riding, canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, etc.

37 miles / 59.5 km, Payson to Junction, Highway 132 near Nephi

Key Attractions

  • Peteetneet Museum and Cultural Arts Center, Payson, UT – restored historic building, used now for arts classes and performances
  • Many small lakes and rivers – including Payson Lakes, Big East Lake, McClellan Lake, Thistle Creek, Salt Creek, etc. – surrounded by beautiful aspen forests and mountain views
  • Uinta National Forest and Manti-La Sal National Forests
  • Scenic autumn drive – this byway is popular for viewing the beautiful and contrasting fall colors in the foliage and sky
  • Petticoat Cliffs – huge, towering gray cliffs that are shaped like giant pinnacles
  • Many trails and paths – including the popular:
    • Monument Trail – beautiful year-round, but particularly scenic in the autumn, hikers enjoy views overlooking the valleys below them, snow-capped peaks in the distance, and the lush trees and foliage around them
    • Devil’s Kitchen – enjoy and explore the red rock spires and unique rock formations that look more like they belong farther south in Utah, yet they are surrounded by green forests and mountain peaks – short (1/2 mile), easy hike
    • Mt. Nebo – the highest peak in the large Wasatch Mountain Range and a challenging hike – 11,928 feet

Location

  • 59 miles south of Salt Lake City, UT; 224 miles north of St. George, UT
  • Located in central Utah
  • Driving the byway:
    • Start in Payson, UT
    • Drive east on 7th South (Payson Canyon Road) to the beginning of the byway (CR-015) in Payson Canyon
    • Continue along this road until the end of the byway – the junction with UT-132, just east of Nephi, UT
  • Lodging, gas, food, shopping, restrooms, and phones are available in Payson, UT – one of the byway ends
  • Camping reservations can be made at recreation.gov for Payson Lakes Campground, Blackhawk Campground, Tinney Flat Campground, Bear Canyon Campground, and Ponderosa Uinta Campground
  • Bicycling is a popular activity along this byway, however cyclists should use caution on the narrow sections of the road
  • This byway features several locations that are fully accessible for the disabled, including accessible campgrounds and overlooks, horse transfer station for the disabled at Blackhawk Campground, accessible lakeside nature trail, fishing pier, beach area, and annual fishing derby for children with disabilities at Payson Lakes Campground
  • The byway isn’t plowed and maintained for passenger vehicles – the best time to drive the byway is spring through autumn

Other Information

(This site is funded in part by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.)