Instagram is a rat race. In the winter you’re supposed to post a pic of your adorrrrrrrrrrable family skiing, like four days a week. In the spring you show off the first buds in your teak planter boxes, aka your “peace garden.” In the summer: Family pics in the wildflowers on Mt. Timpanogos. In formalwear. With perfect hair.
And then there’s fall. Ugh. Don’t even get us started. If you haven’t posted some stunning #nofilter selfie of yourself volunteering with a group that teaches refugees how to take selfies of themselves — in the absolute height of fall color — you might as well not even show up for Christmas.But hey, who are we to blow against the wind? Rather than fighting the vanity-singularity of the most monetizeable social media platform, Utah.com is here to help you be the best at it with five fall foliage thoroughfares your followers have never even heard of. Watch the leaves get as turnt as your comment section in these under-the-radar autumnal oases.
Features: Petrolgyphs, rock art, shelters, granaries, cliff ledges, pinnacles, mesas
Driving Directions: From Wellington, take Route 6/191 east about 7.5 miles to the turn-off for Soldier Creek Road going northeast. It becomes Nine Mile Road.
Farmington Canyon/ Skyline Drive
The crowds thin the higher you go up the dirt roads. Great if you like looking down on everything.
Location: Farmington, Utah
Mileage: 24 miles
Duration: 2 hours
Seasons: Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall. Road closes Nov 1st and reopens May 31st.
Features: Mountains, alpine forest, Francis Peak, wildlife, campgrounds, fall colors
Driving Directions: The route begins in Farmington on 100 East by going north. From Bountiful, head for the "B" on the mountainside and travel east on 400 North to 1300 East and then go north into Ward Canyon Road.
A gentle climb into the Abajo Mountains. Bike it for a healthier hart.
Location: Monticello, Utah
Mileage: 42 miles
Duration: 1.5 hours
Seasons: Driveable year round
Features: Abajo Mountains, forests, lakes, wildlife, campgrounds, fall colors
Driving Directions: Access Hart’s Draw Road from 200 South in Monticello (Right beside the Welcome Center), or from Hwy 211 (The road that leads to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park) just a few miles before reaching Newspaper Rock.