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Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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  • The hairpin turn just above the trailhead to Lake Blanche and Broad's Fork.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Big Cottonwood is a very popular spot for road bikers.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Just across from the Mill A Basin and the Butler Fork Trail.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Many large, healthy aspen groves grow in Big Cottonwood.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Looking toward the Donut Falls Hike Trailhead.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • The Silver Fork Lodge.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Fall colors along Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Misty clouds over Solitude Ski Resort.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Looking toward the Honeycomb Cliff and Mount Wolverine (10,795 ft).- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • The view down canyon from Guardsman's Pass Road.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Looking east over Guardsman's Pass.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • From this basin you can access Park City, Heber, Midway and Salt Lake City.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Heading toward Midway and Heber City.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • The road to Wasatch Mountain State Park in Midway.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Driving down Snake Creek toward the town of Midway.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • Looking back up toward Guardsman's from Wasatch Mountain State Park.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • A moose along the road near Midway.- Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • The Montage. You pass this Swiss-themed town as you head toward Park City. - Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
  • - Scenic Highway 190 to Guardsman's Pass
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Amazing views. Great fall colors. Wildlife viewing. Wildflowers in summer.
Cons: 
Crowded. Not many places to pull over. Slippery road condtions at times. Avalanche concerns.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Scenic Highway 190, otherwise known as Big Cottonwood Canyon Drive, is a major corridor for outdoor recreation in Utah in all seasons. Once in the canyon you will have access a plethora of hikes, campgrounds and ski resorts. The road is most crowded in the autumn, when hundreds of tourists and locals drive up everyday to Guardsman's Pass to check out the changing aspen. At the pass, many turn around and head back to Salt Lake City, but you can actually continue on and head to Deer Valley in Park City or go to the charming Swiss-themed town of Midway. Trailheads for hikes such as Lake Blanche, Donut Falls, and Butler Fork are located just along the road, and Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts are packed with enthusiasts in the winter. The Silver Fork Lodge is a great place to stop and have lunch, and there are many homes in the canyon that are available to rent if you want get to know the area on a more personal level.

World-class rock climbing also can be found along this road, and this is also a great place to try and spot some moose. The river has many marshy sections along the road that are perfect for large game in the canyon. Unlike Little Cottonwood, which was carved by a glacier, Big Cottonwood was carved by a river; this means the canyon walls are less steep and host better habitat for large wildlife. While the canyon road is open year round, you may not pass over Guardsman's during the winter. Keep in mind there are no dogs allowed in Big Cottonwood without a permit.

Whether you are just driving through or scaling a 10,000-foot peak, the scenic drive on Highway 190/Big Cottonwood Canyon Drive is a premiere route for anyone looking to be surrounded by some fantastic natural beauty.

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