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Alpine Loop Scenic Backway
(State Road 92)

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In the shadow of 11,750-foot Mt. Timpanogos, this Utah favorite affords the visitor spectacular views of and access to the Timpanogos and Lone Peak Wilderness Areas. Lush vegetation and alpine vistas viewed through aspen groes surround campgrounds, trails, and some of Utah County’s favorite attractions. This backway is a paved, two-lane road. Alpine Scenic Loop Photo
     
Map of Alpine Loop Scenic Backway

Because of the steep grade and narrow curves, pulling trailers is prohibited. On its northwestern end, the backway descends into American Fork Canyon. This intimate canyon features towering rock formations, picnic areas, and campgrounds. The challenging vertical surfaces are a favorite for rock and mountain climbers.

Access: At the mouth of American Fork Canyon (I-15 Exit #287 to Utah Road 92), OR enter U-92 from Provo Canyon (US-189). Nominal use fee required if stops are made along the way.


Length: 24 miles (approximately 1 hour)
Season: Closed in the winter. Contact the Utah Department of Transportation (801-227-8000) for road conditions and further information.
Highlights:

  • Sundance Resort - Robert Redford’s resort is a unique combination of ski resort, year-round recreation area, and arts community. Sundance provides intimate ambience-filled dining as well as luxurious overnight accommodations in the Sundance Cottages. Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities are available year round and the Sundance Summer Theatre provides drama under the stars in its outdoor amphitheatre. Sundance Children’s Theatre produces original plays and music for families.
  • Access to Cascade Springs Scenic Backway
  • Timpanogos Wilderness Area
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument - A bracing 1-1/2 mile hike ascending 1,000 feet above the American Fork Canyon floor rewards the visitor with Timpanogos Cave. Man-made tunnels connect three limestone caverns filled with delicate and colorful geologic formations. The monument includes a visitor center, picnic area, snack bar, restrooms and gift shop - all at the base of the trailhead.

 

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