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Scenic Highway 210

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Scenic Highway 210

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  • Highway 210 is beautiful in all seasons, but it is truly a stunning drive in the fall.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Serene beauty and around 500 inches of snow per year on Highway 210.- Scenic Highway 210
  • The iconic granite cliffs of Little Cottonwood Canyon.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Brilliant fall colors line Highway 210 up past the town of Alta.- Scenic Highway 210
  • End of the paved section of Highway 210. The gate is opened July 1 to to tourists heading up to Catherine's Pass and Albion Basin Campground.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Once an old silver mining outpost, Alta is now a quaint ski resort town.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Aspen, maple, and oak trees under granite peaks near Grizzly Gulch.- Scenic Highway 210
  • In only 7 miles you get a wide range of scenery.- Scenic Highway 210
  • The view just across from Tanners Flat Campground.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Brilliant fall colors along Utah's Highway 210.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Brilliant fall colors along Utah's Highway 210.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Brilliant fall colors along Utah's Highway 210.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Brilliant fall colors along Utah's Highway 210.- Scenic Highway 210
  • The many colors of changing aspen.- Scenic Highway 210
  • Looking down toward the Salt Lake Valley.- Scenic Highway 210
  • - Scenic Highway 210
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Wildflowers in summer. Amazing autumn colors. Lots of wildlife. Many trails along the road.
Cons: 
Not many view areas. Falling rocks. Crowded at times. Closures due to avalanches.
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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

Adventure Description

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Utah Highway 210, more commonly known as Little Cottonwood Canyon Drive, is a major year-round access route for outdoor adventure tourists and locals alike. Whether you are headed to Alta and Snowbird Ski Resorts in the winter or the many hikes in the summer, there is always a steady stream of cars headed up and down.

One aspect of this area that is commonly overlooked is the amazing colors that come alive in the autumn. The canyon is loaded with aspen, maple, and oak that all burst into color in September or October. There are restaurants, lodging, and activities at the top of the canyon in the town of Alta and at Snowbird. There are also campsites and many hikes within the canyon to keep everyone happy if they want to get out of the car. Moose, hummingbirds, and red-tailed hawks can be spotted in the summer and fall. During the winter, mountain goats graze on the steppes of the canyon mouth. This is a great drive that can be about the destination or just simply the journey.

Please be careful when driving in the canyon. The views are great, but remember to keep your eyes on the road. There are not many guard rails, and there are a large number of road bikers in the warm seasons. Winter conditions often lead to traction requirements such as four-wheel drive or chains, so be sure to check conditions on Highway 210 before you head out.

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