Alpine Scenic Loop Backway

Area Status: Open

Easily the most popular scenic drive on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, the Alpine Scenic Loop (SR92) is a narrow, windy road famous for fall color drives. It leads past Robert Redford's year-round Sundance Resort, famous for family skiing in winter and outdoor theater in summer. The loop begins at the mouth of American Fork Canyon on SR-92 at 5,000 feet elevation, and follows the canyon to its crest at 8,000 feet. From the summit, the road winds down towards Provo Canyon and US-189. Lush vegetation characterize this route. At the summit of American Fork Canyon, vistas of Mt. Timpanogos are visible through impressive apsen groves. Campgrounds and picnic areas are numerous. Trails lead from the road into the Mt. Timpanogos and Lone Peak Wilderness Areas. The Byway is a particularly popular autumn drive. The Cave is a fee area requiring tickets and has a steep climb to its entrance - but its colorful caverns and mysterious, beating ""heart"" are a destination for many vacationers. Note: The Alpine Loop is a paved road, without centerline markings for most of the route. Because of the steep grades and narrow, blind curves, pulling trailer is prohibited.

At a Glance

Fees: American Fork Recreation Fee Area Welcome to the American Fork Canyon-Alpine Loop Recreation Area. Recreation Fee Schedule:
  • 3-day Pass          $6.00
  • 7-day Pass          $12.00
  • Annual Pass        $45.00
America the Beautiful Passes are honored in the American Fork Recreation Area and are sold at the Information Stations on the Alpine Loop Road, Timpanogos Cave National Monument Visitor Center, and at the Pleasant Grove Ranger District Office.
  • Interagency Annual Pass    $80.00
  • Interagency Senior Pass     $10.00
  • Interagency Access Pass     $0
  • Interagency Annual Military Pass $0
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: American Fork, UT.
Information Center: For more information contact the Pleasant Grove Ranger District at 801-785-3563.


Scenic Driving