Scenic Driving Utah


Pack up the car and enjoy 28 drives through the scenic grandeur of the photographer?s paradise, rock hound?s nirvana, and geologist?s dream world that is Utah. Offering more than 1,500 miles of riding pleasure, this indispensable highway companion maps out short trips for exploring the Beehive State?s scenic byways and back roads.

Discover Utah?s long and vibrant history, myriad outdoor recreational activities, and breathtaking scenery?including the fantastic rock formations of...

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Pack up the car and enjoy 28 drives through the scenic grandeur of the photographer’s paradise, rock hound’s nirvana, and geologist’s dream world that is Utah. Offering more than 1,500 miles of riding pleasure, this indispensable highway companion maps out short trips for exploring the Beehive State’s scenic byways and back roads.

Discover Utah’s long and vibrant history, myriad outdoor recreational activities, and breathtaking scenery—including the fantastic rock formations of the Colorado Plateau; the Middle Rocky Mountain region, Utah’s northern mountain wonderland; and the forbidding yet fascinating Basin and Range region, with its treeless vistas, cracked earth, and huge dead sea. Along the way, stop and discover Native American rock art, picturesque small towns, canyon and alpine hiking trails, and the state’s mining, Pony Express, and Mormon history.
Inside you’ll find:
Itineraries ranging from 5 miles to 150 miles in length
Route maps for each drive
In-depth descriptions of attractions along the way
Historical information and suggested side trips
Tips on accommodations, camping, and travel services

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762764822
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 491,781
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Christy Karras has written about the arts, outdoors, and travel for publications including the New York Times, Salt Lake Tribune, and Seattle Times, and revised and updated Scenic Driving Utah, 2nd edition (FalconGuides). She is the co-author of Motorcycle Touring in the Southwest and Motorcycle Touring in Pacific Northwest (GPP Travel).

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Colorado Plateau Region xi

Middle Rocky Mountain Region xiii

Basin & Range Region xiii

Public Lands, Parks & Campgrounds xiii

History xv

Utah Today xix

Practical Considerations xxi

Additional Reading xxiii

The Scenic Drives

1 Utah's Desert Southwest: St. George to Littlefield, Arizona, Loop 1

2 Zion Park Scenic Byway: Hurricane to Mount Carmel Junction 12

3 Kolob Fingers Scenic Byway: Zion National Park's Kolob Canyons 19

4 Kane County Drive-About: Long Valley Junction to Glen Canyon Dam 24

5 Plateau Playground: Cedar City to Parowan 34

6 Highway 12 Scenic Byway Drive 1: Red Canyon to Escalante 47

7 Highway 12 Scenic Byway Drive 2: Escalante to Torrey 55

8 Highway 24 Scenic Byway: Loa to Hanksville 63

9 Bicentennial Scenic Byway: Hanksville to Blanding 73

10 Bluff Scenic Byway: Bluff to Monument Valley 83

11 Indian Creek Scenic Byway: Monticello to Needles District, Canyonlands 91

12 Round About Moab: Shafer Canyon, Dead Horse Point & Arches 100

13 Colorado River Scenic Byway: Moab to 1-70 110

14 A Fishing Oasis in the Heart of the Desert: Fish Lake to Loa 118

15 Beaver Canyon & the Sevier River Valley: Beaver to the Sevier Valley 124

16 Historical Sites & Wide-Open Spaces: Eureka to Delta 134

17 Nebo's Mountain Majesty: Payson to Nephi 142

18 Huntington & Eccles Canyons-Lakes, Stones & Desert Bones: Huntington to Fairview & Scofield 149

19 Indian & Nine Mile Canyons-Natural History Meets Ancient Art: Duchesne to Price & North to Myton 160

20 Flaming Gorge-Uintas Scenic Byway: Vernal to Manila Dutch John 169

21 Mirror Lake Scenic Byway: Kamas to the Wyoming Line 178

22 Touring Timpanogos: Provo to Heber City, via the Alpine Loop 185

23 West Desert Ramble: Fairfield to Tooele to Dugway to 1-80 193

24 The Two Cottonwood Drives: Salt Lake City to Brighton & Alta 203

25 Ogden River Scenic Byway: Ogden to Monte Cristo 210

26 Bear River Bird Refuge: Brigham City to the Refuge 217

27 Logan Canyon's Lively Hills: From Logan to Bear Lake 226

28 Northwest Railroad Trail Expedition: Snowville to Grouse Creek to Golden Spike to Corinne 234

Appendix: More Information 247

Index 255

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