Mount Nebo Scenic Byway
This byway crosses the Uinta National Forest between the cities of Nephi and Payson. It climbs to over 9,000 feet in elevation and provides breathtaking views of Utah valley, the Wasatch Mountains and 11,928-foot Mount Nebo, the tallest mountain in the Wasatch Range.
The Nebo Loop Byway is a photographer's dream with many overlooks and wildlife viewing opportunities. The brilliant fall foliage of the Uinta National Forest is hard to match anywhere in the nation.
Along the byway, numerous campgrounds, trail systems, and popular horseback riding areas are available for exploration. A unique scenic feature is the Devil's Kitchen Geologic Interest Site with picnic facilities, a paved trail, and an observation deck. The spectacular red color of this amphitheater, with its many spires reminiscent of Bryce, is a brilliant contrast to the mountain greenery surrounding it. The eroded sandstone formations startling red color adds contrast to the mountain greenery found through the rest of the byway.
The Payson Lakes Recreation Area, 12 miles south of Payson, offers hiking on paved trails, improved picnic areas, camping, and excellent fishing. This byway also provides backcountry trail access into the Mount Nebo Wilderness Area.
The 38-mile byway takes about 1.5 hours to complete. It is closed in the winter.
From the South: To access the south end – from Interstate 15 at Nephi, take Exit 225 to travel east on State Route 132. Five miles from the Interstate, look for a left turn (north) onto Forest Road 015, which is the scenic byway. Travel north on the byway, following the signs at junctions. The byway ends just outside Payson, from which you can access I15 again.
From the North: To access the byway from the north – from Interstate 15 take Exit 248 in Payson, heading east on 800 South. Turn right onto 600 East, which becomes the Nebo Loop Road (FR 015) into the mountains
For more information contact Spanish Fork Ranger District 801-798-3571
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View of the Devils Kitchen Hiking Trail at Bryce Canyon National Park