Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway, Utah Hiking Trail Information

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Mt. Nebo Scenic Byway

From Nephi to Payson, this route has breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range and 11,877-foot Mt. Nebo, its tallest mountain. See flat bottomlands, high-alpine conifers, red rock formations, gray sandstone cliffs and salt flats all in the same day. Sights include Devil's Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness. This well-signed Byway is a winding drive between the cities of Payson and Nephi. The road climbs 9,000 feet and crosses the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest providing stunning views of Utah Valley, the surrounding Wasatch, and the dramatic wrap-around vistas of Mt. Nebo, the highest peak in the rugged and beautiful Wasatch Range. Nebo Loop is designated a National Scenic Byway by the Federal Highway Administration, recognizing it as one of the premier driving roads in America. Thy Byway is a photographers dream with many overlooks and wildlife viewing opportunities. The brilliant fall foliage of the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest is hard to match anywhere in the nation. Along the way, there are numerous campgrounds, trail systems and popular horseback riding areas. A unique scenic feature is Devils Kitchen Geologic Interest Site with picnic facilities, a paved trail and observation deck. The eroded sandstone formation's startling red color adds contrast to the mountain greenery found through the rest of the Byway. Devil's Kitchen Geological Area can be found along the loop, just 6 miles from Bear Canyon. It offers a 1/2-mile round-trip trail to interesting red rock hoodoos. The Payson Lakes Recreation Area, 12 miles south of Payson, offers hiking on paved trails, improved picnic areas, camping and excellent fishing. The Byway also provides trail access to the Mount Nebo Wilderness Area.