Cruise Mt. Nebo, Utah

Escape city heat with a scenic drive up a wildflower-covered mountain pass

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From I-15, take exit 250 onto Main St. in Payson. Turn left on State Rd., then turn right on 600 East and go south. The road turns into Payson Canyon Rd. and eventually becomes Nebo Loop Scenic Byway, which runs 32 miles south, ending in Nephi.


Payson Lakes Take the Payson Lakes turnoff through a pine forest to reach three pendant-necklace lakes that let you see clear to the bottom. Hike the shoreline, swim, boat, or fish. INFO: $5 per vehicle; off Nebo Loop Scenic Byway in Uinta National Forest, 11 miles southeast of Payson; 801/342-5100.

Devils Kitchen Just when you need a leg-stretcher, 28 miles up the byway, stop and take a shaded, paved trail to a picnic area overlooking terra-cotta spires that look like Bryce Canyon in miniature. INFO: Off Nebo Loop Scenic Byway in Uinta National Forest, 26? miles southeast of Payson; 801/342-5100.


Creekside Needlearts Stop in to admire quilted handiwork of great-great granddaughters of pioneers. INFO: Closed Sun; 12 S. Main St., Payson; 801/465-3998.



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