Summit Mountain Road Drive Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"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."