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“My favorite motorcycle ride”

Mirror Lake Scenic Byway
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Kamas
Certificate of Excellence
Provo, Utah
Level Contributor
322 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“My favorite motorcycle ride”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

I love this ride. Compared to most places to ride the scenic byways, it is only a relatively short ride, but one of the most beautiful byways in Utah. Gentle curving roads that climb to over 10,000 feet above sea level. In the fall the colors a wonderful, in the summer it is a nice cool retreat. Just beware in late fall that storms can move in quickly. Well worth the trip.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank salupm1
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Midway, Utah
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62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Your ears and eyes will pop!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

This scenic drive lives up to its billing. There are campsites all along the road, easily accessible trailheads for hiking or horseback riding. Watch out for the "open range" livestock though. Many places to pull off and picnic too. Several lakes and the Provo River line the road on the way to the star, Mirror Lake. You can continue past it toward Evanston, WY.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank SherAsim
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Roy, Utah
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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“High Elevation Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2014

The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway provides travelers with incredible access to more than 40 miles of scenic views of the Uinta Mountains.

Elevation on the Byway ranges from approximately 8,000-11,000 feet above sea level. The road is paved and well-maintained. There is no charge to use the byway if stops aren't made while traveling. I recommend paying the nominal fee for an access pass which allows you to park and explore the area. There is so much to do and see in close proximity to the Byway. Camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, wildlife viewing, and photography are popular activities.

Excellent tent and recreational vehicle camping sites are available in organized campgrounds or dispersed areas. Potable water and RV dump facilities are available.

Roadside lakes are regularly stocked with trout. Numerous other lakes can be reached by hiking a short distance on well-marked routes. Other lakes are remote and require good navigational skills. In There are also miles of streams and rivers throughout the area. In addition, to fishing many enjoy spending time on the water in canoes and rafts.

It is easy to become disoriented in the Uinta Mountains so it is very important to take precautions to avoid getting lost. The good news is that there is no need to go outside of your comfort level and ability, because there are ample ways to enjoy this mountain range. You can stay near the Byway or explore backcountry according to your skill. Keep in mind weather conditions often change quickly. Rain showers are common in the afternoons and temperatures can drop dramatically in the summer even when skies are clear in the mornings. Lightning is also a regular possibility during a storm and should be considered dangerous. Try to stay in areas of safety when lightning activity is present. Mosquitos can be pesky so don't forget to bring mosquito repellent.

It is nice to retreat to higher elevation when lower elevation temperatures exceed 90 degrees. High daytime summer temperatures in the Uinta mountains typically don't exceed 80 degrees. Morning summer temperatures can dip below 40 degrees. Even though this mountain hideaway is remote, towns are less than one hour away from both entrances of the Byway. There is also a small store and a ranger station along the Byway. I enjoy this scenic treasure and I think you will too.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Cory C
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Los Gatos
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478 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
“Lovely Drive and Walk”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

We really enjoyed our drive from Park City to Mirror Lake. Lots of places to visit along the way. Beautiful scenery all the way. Once at Mirror Lake the mile and half trail walk around the lake is a must. A great half day trip that was one of favorite activities our week in Park City.

Visited August 2014
2 Thank dhen
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Pacific Grove, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Beautiful Scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

This was a day well spent. We stopped at Provo Falls, Mirror Lake, and Crystal Lake Trailhead where we hiked to Wall Lake. From there you could hike to several other lakes. Many people were fishing and had caught a lot of trout. Very scenic and fresh fresh air!

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Becky C
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