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Mirror Lake Scenic Highway

Uinta Mountains, Utah

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  • Driving the Mirror Lake Highway is always a sight to behold.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Christmas Meadows, closer to the Wyoming side.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • The Indian paintbrush peaking in the Uintas.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Stillwater Fork near Christmas Meadows.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Headed to Ruth Lake for some fun.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Lily pads are common in the many lakes of the Uintas.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Middle Basin and Hayden Peak (12,479 feet, left of photo).- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Naturalist Basin from Mount Aggassiz summit.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Gladys Lake camping by night.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Camp at Gladys Lake.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Looking out over Rock Creek Basin, a beautiful and remote region of the Uintas.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • The fall colors are amazing.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • There is a great mix of aspen, maple, oak, birch, pine and even some cottonwood trees.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • One great sight after another.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Bald Mountain Pass.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Hayden Peak on the backside of Bald Mountain Pass.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Mirror Lake.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Boardwalk at Mirror Lake.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
  • Mirror Lake.- Mirror Lake Scenic Highway
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing sights. Terrific fall color. Endless possible adventures. Backcountry camping.
Cons: 
Deer on the highway. Closed in winter. Lots of bugs.
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Region:
Uinta Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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One of the most popular scenic drives of northern Utah, Mirror Lake Highway is one part adventure conduit, one part sightseeing trip, and one part commute for people headed to Evanston, Wyoming. The popular road has a steady flow of drivers during the warm months, but it's mostly shut down during the harsh winters. The road is not reopened until the snow melts, which can be as late as July in big winters. The Uinta Mountains are a unique place not only because of the great beauty, but also because it is one of the few east-to-west running mountain chains in the U.S.

Named for the iconic and large Mirror Lake, the 55-mile State Route 150 is one of the premiere destinations in Utah when the colors change for autumn. Keep an eye on the road while sightseeing. The combined effect of commuters and the plentiful deer can make for some hairy roads. The speed limit is quite high considering the terrain and prevalence of accidents. Some of its iconic spots include the Provo River Falls, Christmas Meadows, Lofty Lake Loop Hike and Ruth Lake.

There are endless opportunities for adventure along this road. Camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, backpacking, waterfall chasing, moose spotting, rock climbing, mountaineering, birdwatching and backcountry skiing in the winter can all be accessed from this road. At Bald Mountain Pass, the road sets the record for highest paved road in Utah at 10,715 feet.

You may pass through without paying a fee, but if you park and enjoy any recreation activities, there is a $6 three-day pass you must purchase at the gate house or from the iron ranger.

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