Top 5 Scenic Drives Near Sundance

September 17, 2019 | Vicki Cox

Top 5 Scenic Drives Near Sundance

Sundance, UT is central to some of the most spectacular drives in the state. Explore more .....

Alpine Scenic Loop

If you're planning a stay with us and want immediate gratification with the least amount of effort this is the one. The Alpine Scenic Loop is a 27-mile long road that stretches between beautiful scenic mountains with scenes of Mount Timpanogos. Take a quick detour as you head over the American Fork Canyon to Cascade Springs, where seven million gallons of water seep through the ground and rock, creating large ponds and cascading waterfalls.

Mt Timpanogos in her fall beauty. Early morning light is the best time to get out and see the colors come to life. The hiking this time of year is perfect.

Mirror Lake Byway

Head out past Heber to the town of Kamas to explore Mirror Lake Byway. This route snakes through the Uinta Mountains taking you up to Bald Mountain Pass, sitting just under 11,000 ft. in elevation. Passing by many lakes, such as Mirror Lake, streams, and clustered forests this pass will lead you outside of the state into Evanston, Wyoming.

The entire byway is 65 miles long and takes about two to three hours to drive if you do the entire route.

Wolf Creek Pass

Explore some of Utah’s most beautiful backcountry scenic roads along Wolf Creek Pass. See stunning canyons and evergreen forests, while stopping over at Strawberry Reservoir, nestled in the heart of the Wasatch Mountains. Cast in a line to try and catch some trout at one of Utah’s most popular fisheries.

After encountering some flatlands in Hanna and Tabiona, you will encounter tight twisty turns as you head up Wolf Creek Pass, with incredible mountain views guiding you along the way. Upon completing the loop back to Heber, you will rendezvous with views of the Wasatch Mountains and the Jordanelle Reservoir.

The total length of the loop is about 120 miles, so plan for a full day of exploration along this adventurous path.


Guardsman Pass

If you are looking a half day trip and make your way over to Park City by means of the more scenic route, you can’t beat Guardsman Pass. For a longer drive, it connects Park City to Brighton ski resort in Big Cottonwood Canyon and Salt Lake or to Midway and Wasatch Mountain State Park for a full day drive. The road is paved most of the way, except for the 7 mile gravel road from Midway up to Cascade Springs.