Near Kamas, Utah
Provo River Falls, Mirror Lake Highway, Uintah Mountains
44.5 Miles from Kamas to the end of the Scenic Byway
Allowed on leash
6$ 3 day pass required if you use any of the facilities on the Mirror Lake Highway
Lots of fresh water if you have a purifier. Otherwise pack in your water.
Open year round
Lots of shadee
Great visible trail
Many out houses
Lots of camping areas
Kamas is the nearest place for food. Bring snacks as needed
Bag for food and water, swim suit, towel, hat, sunglasses
You can enter Mirror Lake Highway Scenic Byway from either Kamas, Utah or Evanston, Wyoming. The scenic Byway itself is 45 miles of the most beautiful scenery you will ever see. This is a wonderful scenic drive and there are many areas to camp, hike, backpack, ride ATV’s, watch wildlife, swim, snowmobile, and fish. The road is the highest paved road in Utah. It takes you to nearly 11,000 feet. There are several 10-12,000 foot peaks to be seen on the road. These are really very scenic mountains. The beginning part of the road (starting in Kamas) is just really beautiful with lush forest.
There are several areas in spring where small creeks meet the Provo River and the River itself is always pretty.
You will see a sign for Slate Gorge where you can pull over and see a 20 foot waterfall far below you in a narrow gorge.
My favorite destination here (along with most visitors if the crowd is any indication) is the Provo River Falls. It is very well signed on the road and there is a nice parking area and an outhouse at the falls. This is actually a set of several different very beautiful falls. Notice the huge difference in water from Spring to Fall.
Here is Fall:
Here is Spring:
My favorite part of coming here is actually walking through and swimming in the falls and river. It is a natural waterpark! Start just below the parking lot and start hiking/swimming up the different falls. Make sure and wear good shoes and watch you step. We have taken small kids through and it is fine just be sure to keep a good eye and help everyone through safely as the rock can be very slick and the water swift. This is high mountain snow water so it is very cold and should be planned on accordingly. As someone who rarely gets cold I found the water in August to be quite refreshing. Once you reach the last of the falls simply follow the easy trail back to the parking lot. The round trip take around and hour. Do NOT attempt to get in the water during run off. This is more of a late summer to early fall activity due to fast and high water. As you can see in some photos it can get very busy in the summer. You can see the drastic water difference between spring and fall in the videos at the bottom of the page.
After Provo Falls you will climb to the highest portions of the road. The views are spectacular. There will be snow into July nearly every year.
Make sure to stop at the Hayden Peak Overlook.
Bald Mountain is also visible above you from the overlook.
Next up you will see the signs for Mirror Lake. This is the largest lake in the range and the one for which the highway is named. It gets very busy with hikers, fishing, and picnickers. The lake is pretty and gives nice views of Bald Mountain.
After Mirror Lake you will get great views of Hayden Peak, Mount Agassiz.
Finally you will reach the Ranger Station near the Evanston side where the views are also great and you can either turn around and head back or make a big loop using I-84.
As a person who loves scenic drives and a little adventure this is definitely a place that I enjoyed a lot and plan on returning to several more times. There are activities available that can be enjoyed by anyone. Its beautiful, fun, and a great place to escape the summer heat.