Fall is the season of transition. The vibrant colors give us a show before the earth browns and prepares for winter. The temperatures drop and suddenly your body is shocked at the brisk breeze in the early morning. This means one thing: time to hit the open road, and search for great adventures.
I have appropriately and forever marked this season of change by getting married. After a 4 month engagement and wedding planning frenzy, I am thrilled to be called Julie Wiersum. We had a dreamy ceremony at Deer Creek State Park and a four day celebration and reception at The Homestead in Midway, UT. I’m still grinning from all the fun and in shock at the bar tab.
Quick! Get out before the fall rainstorms steal away all of our colors in preparation for it’s (hopefully) snowy and successful winter. Here are a few suggestions:
- Guardsman Pass Scenic Backway
This is where I fell in love….with Utah. The drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon is itself absolutely worthy of your time but don’t miss the sharp left just between Solitude and Brighton Ski Resorts off the canyon road. At the pass the elevation is about 9,700 feet above sea level and is swimming in colors this time of year. Be sure to take whole loop and drop down through Deer Valley Ski Resort – a 1 hour route – or stop for lunch in downtown Park City and make an afternoon out of it.
- Nebo Loop Scenic Byway
This 38-mile byway route covers large forest recreation area in the Uinta National Forest and takes about 1.5 hours to complete. You’re sure to see a photographer or two capturing stunning aspen-covered mountain vistas. Your Instagram will love you for this.
- Fish Lake Plateau
Although a bit of a trek from SLC valley, if you find yourself south this month don’t miss this 13 mile byway. Bustling in the summer with swimmers and boaters, you’ll find a serene and still landscape that will surely put your mind at ease during this temperamental season.
- Logan Canyon
Close to my heart, I’ve traveled Logan Canyon during all seasons since childhood but fall takes the cake. A stop at Tony Grove to lunch under fluorescent yellow Aspens is the prefect fall respite. Continue on to reach the breathtaking crest that gives you the ultimate Bear Lake vista.
So, get on out there. We live in Utah, and can count ourselves pretty dang lucky.