Mount Nebo Wilderness Trails

Nephi, Utah

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The Nebo Scenic Loop, the prime access for trailheads in Mount Nebo Wilderness, is the best introduction to this wilderness. Snow usually closes the road in late October and it opens again in June or July. Take exit 225 off I-15 in the small town of Nephi (south of Provo and Utah Lake). Drive 6 miles east on UT 132 to Nebo Loop Rd. (FR 15). Another approach, from the north, is accessible at exit 248 in Santaquin. At 11,928 feet, Mount Nebo is the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. Early Mormon pioneers named the peak as a reference to Mount Nebo in Palestine. The meaning roughly translates as “Sentinel of the Gods.” American Indians used the peak to light signal fires, so it played the part of sentinel for them as well. They carried wood on their backs up Nebo’s long flanks to the notched summit, and there they communicated with their gods or friends. When we hiked the Nebo Bench Trail, sun dogs flared in feathery cirrus clouds over Mount Nebo, a spot of colored fire from a completely different kind of signal flare. This trail guide includes descriptions of Monument Trailhead to Nebo Bench Trailhead.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

The Nebo Scenic Loop, the prime access for trailheads in Mount Nebo Wilderness, is the best introduction to this wilderness. Snow usually closes the road in late October and it opens again in June or July. Take exit 225 off I-15 in the small town of Nephi (south of Provo and Utah Lake). Drive 6 miles east on UT 132 to Nebo Loop Rd. (FR 15). Another approach, from the north, is accessible at exit 248 in Santaquin. At 11,928 feet, Mount Nebo is the highest peak in the Wasatch Range. Early Mormon pioneers named the peak as a reference to Mount Nebo in Palestine.

The meaning roughly translates as “Sentinel of the Gods.” American Indians used the peak to light signal fires, so it played the part of sentinel for them as well. They carried wood on their backs up Nebo’s long flanks to the notched summit, and there they communicated with their gods or friends. When we hiked the Nebo Bench Trail, sun dogs flared in feathery cirrus clouds over Mount Nebo, a spot of colored fire from a completely different kind of signal flare. This trail guide includes descriptions of Monument Trailhead to Nebo Bench Trailhead.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Nephi
Distance: 13
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,300 feet
Top Elevation: 11,928 feet
Local Contacts: Uinta National Forest, Spanish Fork Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Santaquin, Payson Lakes, Birdseye, Mona, Nebp, Fountain, Gree North
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Nebo Wilderness Trails

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