Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway
Merchant Valley with Delano Peak in the distance, along the Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway
Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway is a 17-mile section of Utah Highway 153 heading east out of the town on Beaver into the Tushar Mountains of Fishlake National Forest. This is a beautiful, forested area with many streams and lakes. There are a lot of old mine dumps and ghost towns in the area, too, so rockhounds can have quite the party in these woods. Just one thing: this route is a relentless uphill climb from the western desert of Utah into the high mountains. Figure on taking probably 45 minutes to reach the upper end of the scenic byway at Eagle Point Ski Resort, a brand new four-season resort at the foot of Mount Holly and Delano Peak.
This is a National Forest Scenic Byway and there are several campgrounds and trailheads along the route. Fishing in the streams and reservoirs of Fishlake National Forest is also excellent. Winter sees most of the trails in these woods turn into cross-country skiing and snowmobiling trails.
Climbing the route through Beaver Canyon
A view back down the hill on the Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway
Beaver Canyon Scenic Byway area map