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Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

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Upper Provo River Falls - Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, Kamas, Utah

Photos by Bob Fagley

   Ready to soak up Utah's unmatched beauty? The state is quick to roll out its welcome mat, announcing the playground is open! Highlights vary from its vast national forests and rugged mountains, to powerful rivers and deep canyons. Thinking about taking in this natural beauty or the state's historical heritage? It's as easy as choosing a few of the state's 27 scenic byways. For those searching for a less conventional approach, Utah offers 58 backways, varying from paved highways to unmaintained dirt roads.
   Here in northeastern Utah, this section of the state is dominated by an impressive Uinta Mountain Range, complete with lofty peaks and high altitude lakes. Heading east out of Kamas, Utah's Route 150 guides travelers through the Uinta National Forest and over one of the highest paved roads in the state. Doubling as the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, this popular summer drive leads to camping sites, Mirror Lake - Uinta National Forest, Utah fishing areas, hiking trails and miles of scenic landscapes. From Kamas to the Wyoming border, this scenic byway was built to showcase its spectacular views, with pullouts spaced along the entire route. For nearly half the length of the byway's 45 miles, Route 150 follows the Provo River. A series of three impressive cascades on the Upper Provo River practically sit right beside the highway. This small spot of paradise is accessible to everyone and a favorite of waterfall fans. More Uinta Mountain highlights include Bald Mountain Pass and the byway's namesake. Framed by a thick forest of lodgepole pines, Mirror Lake is surrounded by mountain peaks, including Bald Mountain, Mt Agassiz and Hayden Peak. Although the byway ends at the Wyoming border, sightseers may continue on to Evanston and enjoy wildlife sightings and scenic views of the Bear River along the way.

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