Summit Mountain Road Drive

Summit, Utah

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This is a particularly beautiful drive, especially in autumn, with outstanding views of the Great Basin and the pink cliffs of Cedar Breaks National Monument. It has pretty stretches through stands of aspen and pine and climbs more than 3,000 feet. It’s best from June through October. As you drive southeast toward the escarpment of the Hurricane Cliffs, which rise from the Hurricane Fault, you’re crossing a geologic frontier. Behind you, the Great Basin spreads westward. Directly ahead, to the east, the Hurricane Cliffs welcome you to the Colorado Plateau and the many smaller plateaus that comprise Utah’s spectacular plateau country. Beyond the cliffs rise the Markagunt (Paiute for highland of trees) Plateau and the Paunsaugunt (Paiute for home of the beaver) Plateau. The road climbs steadily up Summit Canyon early in the drive and then more steeply as it angles south through mostly private land.
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by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This is a particularly beautiful drive, especially in autumn, with outstanding views of the Great Basin and the pink cliffs of Cedar Breaks National Monument. It has pretty stretches through stands of aspen and pine and climbs more than 3,000 feet. It’s best from June through October.

As you drive southeast toward the escarpment of the Hurricane Cliffs, which rise from the Hurricane Fault, you’re crossing a geologic frontier. Behind you, the Great Basin spreads westward. Directly ahead, to the east, the Hurricane Cliffs welcome you to the Colorado Plateau and the many smaller plateaus that comprise Utah’s spectacular plateau country. Beyond the cliffs rise the Markagunt (Paiute for highland of trees) Plateau and the Paunsaugunt (Paiute for home of the beaver) Plateau. The road climbs steadily up Summit Canyon early in the drive and then more steeply as it angles south through mostly private land.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Summit
Distance: 20.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best June through October
Local Contacts: Cedar City Ranger District
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Dixie National Forest's Pine Valley and Cedar City Ranger Districts
Driving Directions: Directions to Summit Mountain Road Drive

Recent Trail Reviews

10/16/2012
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We took this trail with two couples on two ATVs. We left from Parowan just after noon. It is a fabulous drive with awe-inspiring views. The fall colors were vivid. There was a little snow on the road which just made it more fun. We turned back after we saw the back side of Cedar Breaks. We saw several deer. It is an easy trail for mixed groups with little ATV experience, but would be enjoyable for anyone.


9/17/2008
0

We drove the route in the opposite direction on our way back to Cedar City after spending the day in Cedar Breaks. This is an easy drive that any vehicle can make. There are a few steep spots but the road is in excellent condition. There is a view into Cedar Breaks vistas out over the Great Basin. The road is particularly scenic near Sugarloaf and Summit Mountains and the approach to the Hurricane Cliffs is quite dramatic.



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