Our 2021 List of Best Places to View Fall Foliage
Our Fifth Annual List of Places to Leaf Peep
Once again it’s that time of year when we list our favorite places to see Fall colors. We started the tradition of giving our lists on radio and TV more than 20 years ago but it wasn’t until 2017 that we started adding the places to our blog, so I guess you could say it’s become an annual event.
The list doesn’t change much from year to year. We have our mainstays that are impossible to leave off, but we always try to add something different each year, which we will do this year as well.
It’s hard to predict how good the colors will be each year. Wet and dry years seem to change the vibrancy of the leaves. I’ve heard the weatherman explain the reasons, the Global Weather Climate Center offers this explanation;
Temperature, sunlight, and soil moisture are key factors that determine the boldness and vibrancy of fall leaf colors. Spring and fall weather are key. Since leaves grow in the spring, wetter springs are ideal. In the fall, warm and sunny days paired with cool and dry nights yield colorful leaf foliage.
I guess we’ll see what happens, I’m predicting a colorful year!
Click the links in the list for route maps
- Logan Canyon from Logan to Bear Lake. Longer version includes Sardine Canyon from Brigham City to Logan.
- Ogden Canyon to Eden in Ogden Valley. Optional routes: Old Snowbasin Road (SR-226) to Snowbasin Resort, and SR-39 to Monte Cristo.
- Kamas to Evanston on the Mirror Lake Highway (Hwy 150)
- Emigration Canyon to East Canyon State Park
- Cottonwood Canyons
- Park City to Alpine through Heber Valley, Provo Canyon, Sundance, and Alpine Loop
- Nebo Loop from Nephi to Payson
- Fairview to Huntington on SR-31
- Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway 153 from Beaver to Big Flat.
- Hwy 12 All American Road from Hwy 89 to Torrey
- Parowan to Panquitch with stops at Brian Head and Cedar Breaks
- Cedar City to Long Valley Junction on Scenic Byway 14.
- Zion National Park
- La Sal Loop from Castle Valley to Moab