Nebo Loop Scenic Byway
- DesignationNational Scenic Byway (1998)
- Intrinsic QualitiesScenic
- Length37 miles
From Nephi to Payson, this route has breathtaking views of the Wasatch Range and 11,929-foot Mt. Nebo, its tallest mountain. See flat bottomlands, high-alpine conifers, red rock formations, gray sandstone cliffs and salt flats all in the same day. Sights include Devil's Kitchen, Walker Flat and Mt. Nebo Wilderness.
Story of the Byway
Hikes range from the family-friendly stroll to Devils Kitchen Geologic Site to the very strenuous journey to the summit of Mt. Nebo. Beyond hiking, the byway offers stunning scenery the whole route, ideal for photography, fishing, auto touring and horseback riding. The byway has numerous overlooks and wildlife viewing opportunities. Nearby cities of Nephi, Payson, Santaquin and Spanish Fork offer opportunities to stock up on supplies or shop locally.
Access the byway in the city of Payson. Take 7th South (Payson Canyon Road) east to the beginning of the byway (CR-015) in Payson Canyon. Stay on this road for the duration of the byway, which ends just east of Nephi at UT-132 (Nephi's 1st Street).
Cycling the Loop
Starting in Nephi, cycle east on State Route 132 for five miles. Look for a left turn onto Forest Road 15. Travel north on the byway, following the signs at junctions. Along the loop, stop at the Devils Kitchen Geologic Site, then witness the scenic change—from valley to scrub oak, maples to aspens, and finally confir forests of fir, spruce and pine. Follow the peak down for a total of 38 miles, stopping to camp along a lake or meadow at your discretion. The byway ends just outside Payson, where you can access I-15 again.
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