The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping—it’s time to unpack those sweaters, and grab the hot cocoa! Now through the end of October is the best time to catch fall colors. You know what they say, Winter is coming! So, take a breather from your studying and take a trek to the mountains. Lucky for you, we’ve pulled a list of the best Utah canyons to explore for Fall Colors.
Photo Credit: @ruarkmichaels American Fork Canyon
1. Tibble Fork & Silver Lake Reservoir in American Fork Canyon
Tibble Fork is a common summer spot, however, remains popular year-round with its photogenic breathtaking views. Managed by the U.S. Forest service, Tibble Fork and Silver Lake have a small day use fee to access. Visitors are often seen carrying hefty professional cameras, picnic baskets, or hanging out with their cute pups. To get to the reservoir, take the Alpine-Highland exit 284, stay on Hwy 92, and turn left at North Fork junction in American Fork Canyon.
Photo Credit: @budmils Rock Canyon
2. Rock Canyon
Rock Canyon is considered an Urban Forest. It is free for public use and is easily accessible near Provo, Utah. For a popular hike and parking spot to enjoy spectacular views, check out Squaw Peak. To access Squaw Peak by car, drive up Provo Canyon three miles, turn right, follow the road, when it forks, continue right. Visitors of Rock Canyon can often be found rock climbing, hammocking, hiking, picnicking, or athletic training.
Photo Credit: @northwoodsninja Big Cottonwood Canyon
3. Big Cottonwood Canyon
Big Cottonwood Canyon is located just outside of Salt Lake City and leads to Brighton and Solitude Ski Resorts. It’s a fantastic spot for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, or rock climbing in the canyon. From the I-215 belt route, head east from 6200 South on exit 6, and follow the signs to Brighton and Solitude.
4. Little Cottonwood Canyon
Little Cottonwood Canyon boasts Snowbird and Alta ski resorts and is located near Salt Lake City. This canyon is known for its many summer and winter recreational activities, however it is also loved for its 7-mile scenic byway, which takes an hour to travel through completely. If you’re looking for a nice drive to enjoy the fall leaves, this is your spot.
5. Provo Canyon
Provo Canyon in Utah County runs between Provo and Heber along US-189. This Canyon has a wide variety of activities throughout the season. Visitors often can be found venturing along Bridal Veil Falls, going to Sundance ski resort, or driving the scenic Alpine Loop.
Photo Credit: @Irnrueb Emigration Canyon
6. Emigration Canyon
The Hogle Zoo and This is The Place Heritage Park sit at the foot of Emigration Canyon in Salt Lake City. Also, if you’re feeling hungry during your drive—Ruth’s Diner is located inside the canyon and is quite popular and delicious. Mmmmm… Ruth’s homemade biscuits and jam… uh… where was I? Oh yes! The 9-mile long Emigration canyon offers a winding, up-canyon drive where you can see tons of unique and beautiful houses and take in some of Utah’s great forest and mountain scenery.