Best Scenic Drives in Utah

This list represents the most popular scenic drives in Utah. Use this list to plan your next Utah scenic drives trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Zion National Park


The rugged, lush and narrow canyon with a sometimes raging river and spectacularly colored rocky promontories characterize Zion Canyon, which has been compared by many to the Valley of Yosemite. The s…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Springdale, UT - Scenic Drives BestScenic Drives Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Bluff Scenic Byway: Bluff to Monument Valley


A 45-mile drive through the desert grandeur of southern San Juan County and the Navajo Indian Reservation, highlighted by views of desert spires and mesas. This is beauty on a grand scale. While the l…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Mexican Hat, UT - Scenic Drives - 45 miles
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#3. Kolob Fingers Scenic Byway: Kolob Canyon section of Zion National Park


A 5-mile mini-tour of dramatic, colorful cliffs and deep-cut gorges. Kolob Canyon, the northwestern section of Zion National Park, features the same dramatic landscape associated with the main section…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Kanarraville, UT - Scenic Drives - 5 miles
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#4. Round About Moab: Shafer Canyon, Dead Horse Point, and Arches


Indescribable scenic beauty and fascinating geology on a somewhat disjointed three-part drive. There are any number of ways to tackle the somewhat daunting, though visually appealing, challenge of the…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Moab, UT - Scenic Drives - 70 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Bryce Canyon National Park


Although young in geological terms compared to some of its famous neighbors, Bryce Canyon is one of the most remarkable examples of nature in the world. It is one of the main reasons why this section…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Bryce Canyon, UT - Scenic Drives
Published by Hunter Publishing

#6. Mirror Lake Scenic Byway: Kamas to the Wyoming Line


Sixty-five miles of the most pristine alpine country to be seen from any paved highway in the country. This is one of the most spectacular mountain wilderness drives in America. The Mirror Lake Scenic…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Kamas, UT - Scenic Drives - 65 miles
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#7. Southwest Corner Scenic Drive: St. George to Littlefield, Arizona Loop


A loop tour, combining redrock canyon and dry Mojave Desert scenery. As you might expect, this is a warm spot, with summer temperatures often exceeding 100 degrees. The landscape tends toward dry, roc…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Veyo, UT - Scenic Drives - 100 miles
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#8. Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway


A 6-mile drive with riveting views of the cliffs and amphitheaters of Cedar Breaks National Monument. Cedar Breaks Scenic Byway combines a unique blend of national forest and national monument. The pa…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
Cedar City, UT - Scenic Drives - 6 miles
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#9. Utah Highway 12 Scenic Byway: Section 1 - Red Canyon to Escalante


A 62-mile high plateau and canyon drive, featuring the redrock country of the Paunsaugunt Plateau and the high desert canyonlands south of the Aquarius Plateau. The most scenic highway in a state well…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Cannonville, UT - Scenic Drives - 62 miles
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#10. Bicentennial Scenic Byway: Hanksville to Blanding


A 133-mile high-desert drive across some of the state’s most rugged canyon country. Completed in 1976, Utah’s Bicentennial Highway runs 133 miles from Hanksville to Blanding. South of Hanksville the h…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Blanding, UT - Scenic Drives - 133 miles
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#11. Northwest Corner Expedition: Snowville - Grouse Creek - Golden Spike - Corinne


This is a long excursion into the desert and grasslands of Utah’s neglected northwest corner. While God may not necessarily have forsaken this corner of Utah, Man certainly has. Apart from a handful o…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Park Valley, UT - Scenic Drives - 210 miles
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#12. Nebo Loop Scenic Byway


A 38-mile highway through the Wasatch Range, past mountain lakes and unique geologic features. Nebo Loop Scenic Byway provides magnificent views and lots of recreational opportunities. The two-lane hi…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
Payson, UT - Scenic Drives - 38 miles
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#13. Markagunt Scenic Byway


A 40-mile highway across the Markagunt Plateau, with stunning views, lakes, and wilderness. The Markagunt (MAR-ka-gunt) Scenic Byway traverses the lakes and forests of a massive plateau. The two-lane…
From the guidebook "National Forest Scenic Byways Rocky Mountains"
Cedar City, UT - Scenic Drives - 40 miles
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#14. Utah Highway 24 Scenic Byway: Loa to Hanksville


Starting in one of the state’s prettiest farming/ranching valleys, this drive quickly enters classic Utah canyon country, highlighted by the many scenic attractions of the Waterpocket Fold. It is appr…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Torrey, UT - Scenic Drives - 75 miles
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#15. Arches National Park


Within this arid landscape is the world’s greatest concentration of natural stone arches. There are approximately 90 of these formations that geologists consider true natural arches, including famous…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Moab, UT - Scenic Drives
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#16. Ogden River Scenic Byway: Ogden to Monte Cristo


A 30-mile canyon/alpine drive with an optional 30-mile descent to Woodruff in the Bear River Valley. Like other drives that run east from valley towns into the mountains, the Ogden River Scenic Byway…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Huntsville, UT - Scenic Drives - 30 miles
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#17. Colorado River Scenic Byway: Moab to Interstate 70


A 44-mile run through the redrock canyon carved by the Colorado River, then across the desert to the major east-west travel corridor of central Utah. What distinguishes this drive from other canyon dr…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Cisco, UT - Scenic Drives - 44 miles
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#18. Utah Highway 12 Scenic Byway: Section 2 - Escalante to Torrey


This is fifty-seven miles of the most spectacular desert and mountain wilderness in the entire state. This is the second installment of the 120-mile drive on perhaps the most scenic highway in the nat…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Boulder, UT - Scenic Drives - 57 miles
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#19. Zion Park Scenic Byway: Hurricane to Mt. Carmel Junction


A 60-mile drive highlighted by Zion National Park, one of the Southwest’s landscape showcases. Special attractions: Zion National Park and Grafton ghost town. Nearby attractions: Kolob Reservoir Sceni…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
La Verkin, UT - Scenic Drives - 60 miles
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#20. Nebo Loop Scenic Byway: Payson to Nephi


A high-alpine drive along the eastern flank of 11,877-foot Mount Nebo. This really isn’t a loop at all, despite its official name. The 38-mile Nebo Loop Scenic Byway is a north-south mountain drive th…
From the guidebook "Scenic Driving Utah"
Nephi, UT - Scenic Drives - 38 miles
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