Utah Scenic Drives

Utah scenic drives provide a perfect way to experience the state's history and stark landscape. For in-depth information about six Utah scenic drives, go to the links at the botttom of this page. They'll guide you to articles that contain photos, highlights, and detailed maps for each drive.

Craggy, colorful rocks and canyons are Utah's signature features, but the state's allure also rests in beautiful mountains and rivers. Utah's scenic byways celebrate the region's timeless mysteries -- from ancient people who burrowed into cliff walls to rock art created more recently by Native Americans to the legends such as Butch Cassidy. Utah scenic drives deliver an amazing amount to see and do, including hiking and rock climbing.


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Dinosaur Diamond Prehistoric Highway (Dinosaur Diamond)

Dinosaur bones, Native American rock art, hiking and biking trails, and Arches National Park are part of this diamond-shaped byway.

Energy Loop -- Huntington and Eccles Canyons Scenic Byways

These two scenic byways loop through coal mining towns, archaeological treasures, and sources of natural energy from which the drive gets its name.

Flaming Gorge-Unitas Scenic Byway (Highway 191)

The Flaming Gorge is one of the great natural attractions in Utah. It's also Butch Cassidy country and home to one of the world's largest dinosaur digs. Set up camp, ride horseback, or fish the rivers.

A Journey Through Time (Scenic Highway 12)

This route connects Bryce Canyon National Park with Capitol Reef National Park, a historic region that was home to Native Americans, early Mormon settlers, and Old Western heroes.

Logan Canyon Scenic Byway

Bring your outdoor gear. This scenic byway features low-impact hiking and cutthroat rock and ice climbing, as well as back-road routes for ATVs and motorcycles.

Nebo Loop Scenic Byway

At its best during the autumn, this forested byway's most striking feature is Mount Nebo, visible from many of the route's well-placed lookout points.

For more useful travel information about Utah and beyond, see:

  • Utah State Guide: Discover all of the things to do in Utah, and learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in the state.
  • Scenic Drives: Are you interested in scenic drives in states other than Utah? Here are more than 100 scenic drives throughout the United States.
  • How to Drive Economically: Fuel economy is a major concern when you're on a driving trip. Learn how to get better gas mileage.