Guardsman Pass: If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can’t beat Guardsman Pass. It can be traveled as a loop, or you can continue over the ridge to Brighton & Solitude or into Midway via Wasatch Mountain State Park. The road surface is newly paved, and though 4 WD is recommended, guardrails have been added making it easy to drive in most vehicles. Take SR-224 to Deer Valley Drive, and turn east to continue on to the roundabout. Exit on Marsac Avenue, and continue up Ontario Canyon to Guardsman Pass, which is a sharp left turn once you reach The Montage Hotel. The road is quite narrow; drivers should be alert!
Alpine Scenic Loop: There are not many places more beautiful in the fall than the Alpine Loop Scenic Road in northern Utah. This 20 mile drive winds through aspen groves and rugged Alpine canyons, offering outstanding views of Mount Timpanogos. The route follows Utah Highway 92 up American Fork Canyon and then continues through Uinta National Forest into Provo Canyon on U.S. 189. Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Robert Redford’s Sundance are located along the route. Entirely paved, the Alpine Loop is open from approximately late May to late October. Snow closes part of the road the rest of the year. Not recommended for vehicles more than 30 feet long.
Mirror Lake Highway: The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway is one of the highest roads in the state of Utah, cresting at 10,687 feet at Bald Mountain Pass. The route winds its way from farmland to forested valleys and higher to pristine lakes overflowing with fish. The byway will take you by the headwaters of the Provo, Weber, Duchesne, and Bear rivers, as well as countless aspen groves with outstanding fall colors.